Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Historic yard

Here are a few shots of the yard at the house I've been working in. This old tree has been growing on top of the ledge that juts up out of the ground for many years. When you get up close to the tree you can really see the age on it. Many of the limbs are rotting with old, peeling, dead bark.



I can't begin to tell you how quiet it was sitting out on the porch. It reminded me of when I was a kid and cars would only go by once in a great while. Not anymore. Where I live now the traffic never stops!



Small wild Strawberries growing at the base of the rock ledge




In the middle of the yard sits an old cemetery from the 1800's. The perimeters of the yard are filled with wonderful vegetable and flower gardens.



Only 3 headstones in the cemetery are visible (one is behind the tree trunk), however the woman who lives in the house, and was born and raised in the house next door, says she's counted 10 markers altogether. Most are just small stones under the grass.



The one that is the most visible is of a small girl. She died on January 4, 1849, at the age of 2 years, 4 months, and 3 days. I'm not quite sure what her name was due to age and moss on the upper part of the stone.

Today I'm off to work someplace else ... in a development. Not much history there. LOL!

15 comments:

Snappy Di said...

Oh gosh... I hear you on that traffic thing. It's very quiet where we live here in Virginia, but when we were in Arizona we had a 4 lane road and intersection almost immediately behind our house as well as a commercial property that always had lots of banging noises at the dumpsters, etc. Suburbia there in AZ has some poorly laid out neighborhoods.

We can hear a pin drop now at night.

DI

Eileen@My Evergreen Place said...

My parents still live in the house I grew up in in Connecticut. I remember when it was a peaceful country road. We played and road our bikes with hardly ever seeing a car. Now, the road is full of cars constantly!

I find old gravestones so interesting! I really enjoy reading the inscriptions on them (if you can read them).

Char said...

gorgeous shots - that first shot is fantastic in its composition.

what a beautiful place

Kathy said...

that sounds very interesting. I live in a small community with a lot of history...fascinated by the things we can learn and love seeing things preserved.
Kathy

Karin said...

Love that first shot - great vantage point! I enjoyed yesterdays photos too! Thanks for sharing!

Steve Borichevsky said...

What a neat post. I noticed the willow tree on the head stone. During that period, there was a lot of symbolism on the head stones.

Susan said...

Love wandering through old graveyards...I find them very peaceful places for the most part...beautiful old trees too. We just had to remove an old oak, and I'm still in shock! The yard is definitely emptier now.

Loree said...

What a delightful place. That old tree looks pretty awesome. I love to be in places where you can't hear the traffic too.

Laura said...

If that tree could talk! Really beautiful, and how unique to have a small cemetery on the property.

Pat said...

Love that first shot, and the wild strawberries!

I love seeing the old cemeteries in the farm yards. It's great that they are still honored. I've spent many a day walking through old grave yards. I find them fascinating.

The grounds on this job were beautiful. I hope your next job isn't too boring!

Carolynn said...

How interesting. I love cemeteries. I'm not sure why. Perhaps because they're so peaceful.

Great tree, too!!

The Retired One said...

The little girl's gravestone is haunting...
I loved that macro of the wild strawberry too! Wonderful!

Erica Houskeeper said...

Hi Sharon,

I absolutely love that first photo of the tree. It looks like something out of a children's fairy tale. Hope you are doing well!

Judy said...

That macro of the wild strawberries is something else!! Incredible detail!

prashant said...

I find old gravestones so interesting!
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