G is for Graveyard

This was taken in the graveyard of Minster Church, Cornwall, autumn 2012.

The gravestone reads:

Mr. John Bond (not James :p) was a loving husband, devoted father and grandfather.

He was also her friend and soul mate.

How touching is that?  I love graveyards.  I’ve always had, even more so since moving to England.  We have one nearby, just by the headland and Little T and I love passing through it.  She likes to smell the flowers left on the graves by their loved-ones.  I on the other hand have always loved the tranquility, the ambiance in cemeteries, especially the one pictured above.  Minster church (and graveyard) has the loveliest setting – it is beside St. Peter’s wood in the Valency valley.

In autumn, as you can see from the photo above, the leaves turn into the most golden of colours.  In spring time on the other hand, you’ll find a lovely spray of daffodils and bluebells all around.  If you come to North Cornwall and love old chutes and graveyards, you should come and visit and see for yourself.

What about you?  Do you love graveyards?

Linking-up once again with #alphabetphotographyproject.


  1. Cheryl (@CherylInTheUK)

    Graveyards are fascinating places, especially the old ones, where no family is left that visits each week. Working out the fading lettering sometimes reveals a story in itself. Beautiful autumn colours. #AlphabetPhoto

    • You’re absolutely right! I can spend hours and hours in graveyards 😉

  2. thesoupdragonsays

    Love the colours of the leaves, and a lovely picture. My son learnt to walk in our local graveyard. So I love them too!

    • Thanks! Not a bad idea actually, to learn how to walk in graveyards… at least it’s peaceful there 😉

  3. The Vanilla Housewife

    Nope. I’m too much of a scardy cat to enjoy graveyards 🙂

    • Jhanis! I’m a bit shocked! You of all people, I didn’t think you’d be a scardy cat! I bet your little girly-tomboy isn’t! 😉

      • The Vanilla Housewife

        Embarrassingly such a sissy. I hold my pee at night and I don’t watch scary movies! My daughter on the other hand have no problem walking around the house in the dark! LOL

        • That sounds so much like your little girly-tomboy! T is a bit of a scardy cat 😉

  4. I love graveyards, so fascinating. I love this shot, she looks like little red riding hood about to stroll into the woods

  5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    I love graveyards! Now, living in the States, our stuff isn’t as old, but when we lived in Reno, NV, Virginia City was about 30 minutes away and it was an old mining town, settled before anything else in that area, so the graveyard was always so much fun to go through and visit all of the old graves! I still do love the peace that comes with a grave yard visit – during the day – I’m not sure I could actually do it at night! 🙂

    • Oh you’ll love the old graveyards here Kate! Really interesting and the location is always scenic!

  6. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    I love the balance here! The gray of the tombstone and the color of the leaves (& your daughters jacket). They complement each other =) #AlphabetPhoto

  7. sophieblovett

    Beautiful picture – such richness with the autumn leaves and red coat. I love graveyards too 🙂

  8. over40andamumtoone

    I’m a mad family history fan so have spent many hours in graveyards – I love them, and the inscriptions, great G #alphabetphoto

  9. hurrahforgin

    I do!! I love reading the headstones, you can feel the love can’t you? The small ones make me very sad though xx

    • Yes! It is so heartbreaking. Saw so many when we visited the cemetery in Haworth. They were really old gravestones (17th & 18th). My husband said this was during the plague and bad sanitation during the Victorian times, hence, so many young kids died early 🙁

  10. adayindadslife

    Graveyard can seem so scary yet so peaceful at the same time where my nans buried there’s some really old ones plus there’s a young mans who was 15 years of age who died serving his country during the war and my brother always leaves flowers when we go to my nans

    • 15 years old – so young? Wow, that’s really sweet of your brother to leave flowers on his grave.

  11. Charly Dove

    A beautiful post Dean and a fabulous photo to go with it too. They’re fascinating graveyards, we have one near us that nearly ended up as my G then I remembered the grotto! Lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing with #alphabetphoto

    • Yes, I do love graveyards. Your grotto photograph though is stunning!

  12. Pecora Nera

    When I kick the bucket, I want Here lies Pecora Nera and he’s not dead happy about it, on my grave stone.

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