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It would have been my dad's 81st birthday yesterday, and so I was pleased to see some sunshine this morning, as a visit to the cemetery is dreary enough without me getting drenched on the way. Though to be honest, the one our family uses is really quite a lovely place, even if it hasn't been in use for very long (55 years, only). It's not massively big, but pretty centrally located and very well-maintained, which -weird as it may sound but knowing that one day I will take my own eternal rest there, too- is of utmost importance to me.


The cemetery, where several members of our family (on the maternal side) have been buried:




The Urn Garden, where Dad's ashes have been interred:





As I was pottering about, clearing dead leaves and flowers from Dad's grave, and planting the hibiscus I'd brought him this time, at first I didn't realise my sister and her boyfriend had come up behind me; but I was pleased to see she'd had the same idea of marking Dad's birthday with a visit. Afterwards, we went to a seafront cafetaria and had lunch, where I took this picture of them. Young(ish) love, isn't it cute?



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enigmaticblues
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous pictures! And your sis looks very happy!
gamiila
Sep. 4th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
She does, doesn't she? They've been going out for almost a year now, yet this is the third time I've met him...but then, my sister and I can go months without seeing each other ;-)
pfeifferpack
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
*hugs* lovely, peaceful location there.

Love,
Kathleen
gamiila
Sep. 4th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, I quite like coming there, and taking care of Dad's little plot (behind the bushes on the left hand side of the water feature).
jonesiexxx
Sep. 4th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's a lovely place.
gamiila
Sep. 4th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
It is, very peaceful, just as a cemetery should be. Spending time there is never a waste.
curiouswombat
Sep. 4th, 2010 05:55 pm (UTC)
That is a lovely cemetery. A good place to go to 'visit' now and again.

And your sister does look happy!
gamiila
Sep. 4th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
Of course, I have limited experiences of cemeteries, though I have visited Highgate and Père Lachaise; but I do like this one even if it isn't famed throughout the world.

And your sister does look happy!

She does, and I'm happy for her!
empresspatti
Sep. 4th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Lovely post. Pixspam was a treat.

I love that both you and your sister remembered your Dad's birthday.
gamiila
Sep. 4th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And I'm glad we did, too.
suze2000
Sep. 5th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
That looks like a lovely spot to take your final rest. And I agree your sister looks happy. All the best to them. :)
gamiila
Sep. 6th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
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