• Lost souls in the graveyard

    This handsome carving of a sickle and corn adorns an old disused gravestone in the churchyard at Bodenham. Most of the old stones in this churchyard have been moved into rows along the inside of the boundary walls. Most are nineteenth century, some have had the legends blasted away from the surface of the stone by prolonged exposure to the weather. As the names have faded and been lost, along with their ages (sometimes venerable, but often, touchingly, far too young) and the dates of their existence, the stones are seemingly redundant - nobody who remembers them is alive to tell their stories - as Kevin Brockmeier describes them - the truly dead. We can only guess about the life and loves of Ann Merrick (whose gravestone this is) and wonder whether the device on her gravestone was of some particular relevance. Was she a farmer, a baker or perhaps from a family of corn millers? Maybe this is just a signal that the reaper is coming for all of us one day.

    On that jolly note I'll wish all my visitors a Happy New Year and hope that The Many get a few breaks this year rather than The Few.

    P.S. I have decided to start an Instagram account, some new images and some old shots.

    Do have a look and follow me if youd like.....

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