Sunday, February 2, 2020

Winter Wandering Through The Cemetery

I went down to southern Ontario for a few days in early January; the next few posts will reflect that. I paid a visit to Woodlawn Cemetery on one of those days. This is found in the city of Guelph, at the heart of Wellington County. When I took these shots, there wasn't much snow on the ground. It being shortly after Christmas, here and there I noticed Christmas wreaths at some of the tombstones.


The building here is near the entrance, housing the offices for the cemetery.


I carried on with my walk.


A memorial stone here includes a Union Jack beside it; the names of six soldiers who died overseas during World War One are inscribed on it.


The wreath we see here is here for a specific reason. The McCrae family plot is here, with the name on several stones. Inscribed on the flat stone we see here is the name of their most famous son, John McCrae, whose burial place is in Europe. McCrae served in World War One and wrote the poem in Flanders Fields.

32 comments:

  1. ...ah, you are a hardy soul, William.

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  2. It looks very peaceful with the snow around.

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  3. Is there anything more lonely than a cemetery in winter. The Christmas wreaths are a nice addition in the winter cold.

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  4. Woodlawn ... a name from my past.

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  5. Beautiful cemetery...and the snow really brings out the stones...contrast is improved. I enjoy a cemetery stroll sometimes.

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  6. Excellent Out & About Adventure - Thanx For All The Photos

    Cheers

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  7. I think this is a really great series, William. So pure, peaceful and atmospheric with that layer of snow.

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  8. My ex-late in-laws are buried somewhere around there.

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  9. Cemeteries hold all kinds of memories and history.

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  10. The place looks quite peaceful with that little dusting of snow.

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  11. Zo in de winter ligt het er nog vrediger bij William.

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  12. Nice cemetery and like you we have wreaths at Christmas

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  13. Looks very peaceful and serene.

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  14. That poem is well known and famous the world over, I think. Nice well kept cemetery.

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  15. @Tom: I try to be!

    @Marianne: it was.

    @Marie: I thought so.

    @Anvilcloud: I have family buried here.

    @Barbara: I certainly do.

    @Padre: you're welcome.

    @Jan: and more to come.

    @Jennifer: I wonder if I passed by them.

    @Red: that's true.

    @Sharon: it does.

    @Bas: thank you.

    @Bill: it's not a tradition I was familiar with.

    @Tamago: it was, yes.

    @DJan: definitely.

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  16. Gone but not forgotten... Interestingly enough, cemeteries here in Saudi Arabia consist of all unmarked graves. Islam states specific rules about it - like no plastering over and no structure should be erected over a grave, no sitting on graves, etc.

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  17. It looks very solemn with a bit of snow.

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  18. I'd like walking around there and reading the gravestones. The two cemeteries I walk around mornings are both small!

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  19. It's a lovely and peaceful spot, isn't it? With some beautiful headstones. I'm rather fond of cemeteries (though I don't look forward to spending eternity in one!)

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  20. BRRRR!
    A perfect day to huddle by a warm fire!

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  21. A chilly day for exploring, very restful photos William.

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  22. There is a blogger who no longer blogs, who lives in Guelph. Several of her blogs concerned finding tombstones and sending pictures to friends and relatives of the deceased who did not live in the area. I found that a very fulfilling volunteer activity.

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  23. Cemeteries can be a quiet and nice place to walk and meditate though it seems a little lonely at Christmas.

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  24. @Susie: if I knew that, I've forgotten.

    @RedPat: it does.

    @Happyone: this one is forty acres plus.

    @Jeanie: I like them.

    @Catalyst: cold is good.

    @Gemel: thank you.

    @Joanne: it is.

    @Kay: it does.

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  25. Nice and peaceful, and also a chilly for a walk.

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  26. Looks like the perfect day for a walk like this William ✨

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  27. Beautiful wintry photos ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  28. I think that dusting of snow adds to the peacefulness.

    All the best Jan

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