It seemed appropriate to visit the local cemetery on All Souls Day. This was originally agricultural land but has been used for burials since 1901. There were just a few people about, tidying up after the heavy rain and wind. The thing that strikes me when I am there is that, however gloomy the weather, this is not a sad place. It is loved. There are flags and whirligigs on quite a few of the graves, and many are bright with artificial flowers. Balloons bob and drift in the children’s section. Considerable work has been carried out in recent years to improve the cemetery and the grass is kept in check. The older graves have a faded charm and I was surprised to discover that quite a few of them are military burials dating from WW1 onwards. The cemetery chapel has a wonderful Father Time windvane.
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