Blogging has been a bit slow this month, I’ve not been up to much! I have been busy at work as usual, and the good news is that we now have a new manager who will be starting next Monday, so thank the Gods for that. The bad news is that Bogart didn’t get the job :( Between us we have almost fifty years experience in this field, and the the new appointee has … none. Makes you want to weep the way things get worked out in the workplace these days.
I did one of my walks this month, and whilst out doing a recce of the route I came across some wonderful carvings on a headstone. Some of the work in the Cemetery is fantastic, this knot of oak leaves had acorns included and many of the cups were empty, the acorns had obviously dropped out! Perhaps a reflection of harvest, or maybe imminent winter, popular themes representing death.
There was ivy carved around the arch and a knot of acanthus on the other pillar. In Victorian times each of the flowers and plants would have been chosen to give a message, as each had a meaning, according to what became known as The Language of Flowers. It’s fascinating to see which flowers do get represented. There’s a priest’s grave with some fantastic Passion Flowers on one plot - I shall have to dig the photos out for you.
The central panel with the rose was made out of marble and would have been really striking when new, completely brilliant white, in contrast to it’s surround. You can see the carving looks a lot more blurry than the oak leaves as the weather has worn the marble more, it being such a soft stone.