Friday, March 15, 2013

What to do on a nice afternoon?

Nice weather (meaning sunshine) doesn't come often in March. When it does, you have to take advantage of it for the few hours that it's there. Well, it was one of those beautiful afternoons on Sunday --- and we had to go out. The morning was a bit grey, but by the afternoon it was gorgeous. Dad stayed home to tie flies for his Etsy shop, but the three of us girls grabbed our tool basket, the camera (with fully charged batteries) and jackets and headed out to two local cemeteries.

This is the first time that we've had a chance to head out to a cemetery in ages, so we were all pretty happy. The first one was a small place with about ninety burials still marked. Stones ranged from the 1840s to the 1870s --- with a few stragglers into the 19-teens. A lot of the stones were broken, fallen over and/or buried, so we had to pull out the tin foil to decipher quite a few of them. The pictures show Mom and Elizabeth in the process of reading some stones. N.B. Elizabeth's glasses! They are for far-away, which makes reading stones across the grounds a lot easier. Isn't she cute?!

The second cemetery is a large one with thousands of burials. It was started in 1824 and is still in use. Elizabeth and I are always on the lookout for stones of little babies and children, so we took a lot of pictures like that. We did venture into the old section for a while and found two stones (one shown on the left) that must be some of the original 1820s burials. The stones are hand carved and didn't even have dates or ages on them.

Weather is going back to the normal Winter stuff --- which is good. Elizabeth and I have been killing ourselves (take that far from literally) finishing a custom order of Minikin detective dolls. Wow, are they cute?! As soon as I'm finished typing here, I'm off to work on the last doll. Hoping to have pictures of them to post over the weekend. More later.

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