" A photo is a return ticket to a moment in time"

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Follow The Lane To The End.......



~  Houghton Cemetery  ~

Just through the pretty hamlet of Houghton
turn to your left and follow the lane to the end
That's how I found this quiet secluded country cemetery
situated on a small knoll  - the burial place
to many of this areas pioneers



Some of the old headstones dated back to the 1860's
and like this one was almost ready to topple over or
in some instances had toppled over
leaving the inscription totally unreadable





I noticed quite a few of these early pioneers
although having lived through many a hardship and heart-ache
had survived to the grand old age of 80 years or more .

The names that brought a smile to my face were
Charlotte Jeremiah Emily Sarah & Daniel
not uncommon names in our present generation.

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This is my contribution to
"Taphophile Tragics"
and
"Our World Tuesday"
take a visit to see what others have
 uncovered in their corner of the world


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23 comments:

Ann said...

Hard work, and simple diet, I think that's the secret of the pioneer's recipe to longevity.

Andrew said...

In old cemeteries I always notice how many children died at young ages. Its not surprising that people used to have big families as insurance.

Julie said...

I agree with Ann: hard work, and a simple diet. I suspect they were wirey folk rather than gone to flab, that pioneering generation.

I have found many sections of larger cemeteries that have suffered a similar fate to Houghton, Dianne. I guess it is that everyone of those lines have passed on, or even are not aware of the connection.

Having grave stones that are ready to tumble is ready made for the photographer. This appears to be in a fairly dry area, so the overgrown look is not happening.

As for the 'back to the future' names, I would prefer a smattering of Jeremiahs to the current penchant of Pebble, Sunday, and Seven!

Thank you for continuing down the Taphophile Tragic pathway with me. It is appreciated.

NixBlog said...

Hello, Dianne, a lovely post with some wonderful photos. There is such an air of quiet repose and serenity in such old country cemeteries, it's easy to imagine Thomas Gray sitting down and writing his "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"...

Sylvia K said...

Great post for the day, Dianne! I do enjoy visiting the really old cemeteries. I found the ones in Savannah and in New Orleans to be totally fascinating! And there is indeed such a feeling of peace and serenity! I love your photos for the day, they capture it all! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Nancy Reinke said...

Old cemeteries are a wonderful source for interesting photos. Love yours. Hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and see my photos of places here in the Colorado Rockies. Blessings.

Para Camera Club Inc. said...

What a lovely discovery. Cemeteries can be so interesting, especially old one. They can tell us so much about our history

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darlin said...

Wow, that last photo is amazing, they're all nice but I especially like this one. I agree with other comments, hard work, a healthy diet, and all of this beautiful fresh air would make for a longer life. Unfortunately when they got sick back then it often killed them without all of this modern technology. Today it's fast fatty food, modern convenience and unhealthy habits that keep the doctors in high demand.

Great post, enjoy your week!

eileeninmd said...

I love visiting old cemeteries. But, it is a shame to see the headstones falling over. I have seen some completely on the ground and you can not read the writing. I recently visited a few old cemeteries to do research on my family tree. thanks for sharing this lovely post and photos. Have a great week!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I will follow you as I would love to visit Australia one day. I have been watching a tv show on DVD called McLoed's Daughters. Wondering if you are familiar with it? Lovely photos and I especially like the banner picture very much.

hamilton said...

Bertie and Essie seem also to be rather uncommon names. I find it interesting how the engraving of some stones wears away and on others it seems still as clear as the day it was made.

Ann said...

Lovely old place, so much more interesting than modern ones.

Jack said...

This cemetery is -- like many other old cemeteries -- a beautiful place. Maybe there was more respect for the dead back then, or maybe just more land so that good sites could be spared for cemeteries.

Regina said...

Wonderful captures!

Jan said...

Just came across Our World Tuesday and enjoyed your post.

LadyFi said...

Wow - such a lovely, leafy cemetery!

Mark said...

Great shots, I love these pioneer cemeteries.

Joe said...

These headstones sure have some stories to tell.

biebkriebels said...

What a nice post with the pioneer graves. They must have had a rough live.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Dianne!
Some cemeteries are like a history book.They hide all kind of secrets and the lives behind them.
Thanks for this post and sharing your walks with us. Thanks also for your visit.

JM said...

The stone work on the bottom shot is just beautiful!

diane b said...

I love visiting the pioneer cemeteries and wondering what their lives must have been like.

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