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Pushing up some daisies

daisies

I’m willing to bet there are a large number of BTG readers out there who are THOROUGHLY sick of winter’s cold weather, ice, snow, dripping clothes, and even drippier noses.

I’m also willing to bet there are a significant number of you who are seriously wondering whether you’ll ever see green grass again. So in the spirit of all that’s good about flowers and cemeteries pushing up daisies in the spring, here’s a little something that will hopefully speed the arrival of warmer weather to where you live.

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Off the beaten paths at Highgate

I’ve posted any number of photos from Highgate cemetery, but I think this video sums up quite nicely just how crowded and overgrown the place is. Yes, there are lots of footpaths winding here and there throughout the place, yes, it is quite easy to get lost if you’re not careful, and yes, there are sometimes strange people wandering around back there.

One time, I was about 20 feet into one of the minor, overgrown paths (like the one seen at 6:01 in the video) in pursuit of a particularly gorgeous angel statue, only to be interrupted by someone dressed in full goth black who seemingly emerged from out of nowhere. I probably scared him as much as he scared me but still…

Another thing to keep in mind is, unlike the videographer, you really should keep to the paths because the ground by the sites can be quite unstable. I’ve walked past several sites where I could see quite far down into the burial area.

Having said that, do be sure to check out some of the neat symbols in the video (clasped hands, flower carvings, the book at minute 8:15, etc.)

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Symbolism 101 from the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

I stumbled across this video that just shouted out for sharing with you all. You will NOT believe some of the carvings that are out there.

 

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Children’s memorials

Children

Possibly the saddest headstones to see are the ones for children. Before vaccines, life could be pretty darn difficult for children. If it wasn’t measles, scarlet fever or polio, it was typhoid or diphtheria.

Often, lambs were used to signify a young life cut short.

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Year-end countdown: The #1 most popular post

And finally, weighing in at the #1 spot for 2014:

The Nation’s Longest Graveyard

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Year-end countdown: The #2 most popular post of 2014

And the 2nd most popular post?

Wash a stone, restore some history

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Year-end countdown: The #3 most popular post of 2014

And the third most popular blog post award goes to one of my personal favorites:

Now About that Cemetery in the Backyard

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