Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Blue- I Mean Pink Hydrangea

A few years back this started out as a blue hydrangea. Over the years, nature took her course, and now my blue hydrangea is pink! How appropriate for Pink Saturday! The blooms look fabulous in the cut glass pitcher, and I will enjoy them for many days to come!

Visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for more Pink Saturday.

The ABC's of Tablescaping

Today, I would like to share part of my ABC plate, mug, and silverware collections for Tablescape Thursday.

This was my first ABC plate, a gift from hubby.

Three little kittens on an English mug is by Allertons.

The parrot is singing, "Won't you come into the garden, Maud?"

The silverware with kittens and ABC's came from a local antique shop.

A child's bible...

Add a miniature hand vase with coreopsis...

a finger lamp to light the way...

and an old bear friend.

Lots of glare!!!

Stop by Between Naps on the Porch to view more participants on this Tablescape Thursday.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Sunday Excursion to Thornrose

Sunday, I decided to head into our town and tour Thornrose Cemetery. I have lived in this area all my life, and except for attending a funeral or two, I had never explored this cemetery. What a surprise!

Thornrose was established in 1849 and is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year. In 1849, the city bought 12 acres of land outside the city limits. Now the cemetery encompasses over 30 acres of land inside the city limits. Architect, T.J. Collins, designed many of the cemetery's features including the gatehouse pictured here.

There are extensive roads and paths that wander through the entire site.

This statuary surrounded by an annual garden was dedicated in 1901. Can you see the garden hat and gloves?

Next was a fairly recent memorial dedicated to the town's firefighters.

Before starting down mausoleum row, this stone caught my attention. The gentleman interred here must have been a dog lover although the ravages of time have caused the muzzle of the dog to break off.

Several prominent families erected mausoleums. The doors are just beautiful.

I should have gotten a close up view of the lion head door knockers on this one. Who would want to go in?

This one has a tiny stained glass window on the back side. A few of the stained glass panes show damage.

Stones of all shapes...

designs...engraved with flowers...

and colors.

This stone marks a former governor of Virginia.

I thought this was an interesting engraving...

But this was my favorite of the day. A sheaf of wheat is in the center of the stone,

and I'm not sure what is coming out the top. Close inspection looks like an aloe plant!

Visitors can cross a bridge or climb a tower to overlook the surroundings.

But what captured my eye on this Sunday were the memorials to the children.

A little lamb...

an angel with wings...

our little Sally...

another angel...

heaven's sweet dove...

and another sweet lamb.

Revolutionary soldiers...

and canon to mark the Confederate mass plot in which over 1700 Confederate soldiers are buried atop the hill.This serves as the marker for all 1700.

A flag-draped memorial...

and a tall spire to mark another war hero beside a family mausoleum.

Places to stand and view on a hillside...

or places to sit and contemplate.

Are the famous buried here?

The newest structure to be built is the Four Seasons Mausoleum and Columbarium.

Inside is a statue of Staunton mourning her dead.

On the way out , here is another view of the tower and bridge.

So many stories; so much beauty; another visit to Thornrose is in the making.

Please visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for more on Outdoor Wednesday.