Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Fascinating Gravestones

It's been a while since I've posted any unusual gravestones, but as some you know, exploring old cemeteries is one of my favorite things to do. I grew up in Buffalo, NY, where there is a famous cemetery called Forest Lawn. My sister Bernadine and I spent afternoons exploring it, especially the section we dubbed "Mausoleum Row."

Enjoy the following photographs.



Bellefontaine Cemetery and the spooky figure that overlooks the tomb and family plot of the David R. Francis family.


Can't remember where this gravestone is but it is so unique, with the child "penetrating the thin veil" between this life and the next.



The statue of C.S. Lewis in front of the wardrobe from his book, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in East Belfast, Northern Ireland

A small primer on decoding symbols in old cemeteries.


In Pere Le Chaise cemetery, France.





Sunday, December 13, 2015





Fascinating Ancient Textiles

I came upon this amazing article while doing research for my pandemic flu novel. As you will see, ancient textiles are few and far between and here are the top ten finds.

All are fascinating, but I think Egtved girl, shown above in her hollowed log coffin, and the pleated Egyptian tunic are my favorites. About as close as you can come to time travel!