Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tombstones and Cemeteries


Circle of Life

Not far from my house there is a small church and a school. St Joseph’s Catholic Church is one of the old weatherboard churches that we have a lot of here in Tasmania. There used to be services there but I am not sure if there are many now as the church built a big new, modern church at Ranelagh to service the parishes of the Huon. There is a cemetery though and there are still burials there. It is located behind the school playground and there is no discernible boundary between the two.

Some of the graves, as I said, are quite recent. There are big black marble affairs, others are much older and made of stone with the lettering fading away and some are humble timber crosses hand-made by the families. Most of the new graves are quite well-kept with flowers on them but a few of the very old ones are vanishing back into the bush. There are gum trees all around and you can hear the birds, kookaburras, sometimes parrots and always crows who live amongst them. I am sure that if you were there at night you would see possums and wallabies. During the day you would be able to hear the laughter and shouts of children in the playground. I rather like the way that the playground and the cemetery are so close to each other.

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

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