Monday, 4 August 2014

Tidying up

Our church was open today and the Union Flag was flying at half mast on the pole outside. I took a peek inside, there was a memorial to the soldiers from the village who fell at the first world war. The church stayed open all day for those wanting to mark the occasion and pay their respects. 
I walk through the churchyard nearly every day, and so do a lot of other people. It's a short cut to the High Street, and people use it to go out the back gate onto the hills, a favourite place to walk dogs. Between the footpath and the wall are lots of memorial plaques placed there by the families of relatives who have been cremated. 
Every time I walk by I think it could do with a tidy up. Some of the little plots are tended regularly by family members who are still resident in the village, but I guess some people have moved away, so those plots are a bit overgrown with grass and weeds. I kept thinking it's a shame, because you can't read the name of the person who has died. 
Now I don't know if these people were involved in any wars, I don't know if they fought for their country, but I thought, what does it matter, they should still have a tidy little plot where their name can be read. So I have decided to adopt this little corner of the churchyard. I will keep it tidy for the relatives of the deceased who can no longer visit. 
I took my shears, a kneeling pad, and a bag for the grass clippings, and made a start. 

Looks a lot better now the names can be seen. I'll go back tomorrow and finish it off.
Toodle pip.

27 comments:

  1. Just had to comment - what a wonderful thing to do at the churchyard. It was very touching to read about your good deed and the pictures are lovely. Take care Lorna

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  2. It looks as if it would be impossible to do with a mower, so a dedicated tidying up person needed. Thank goodness you are around!

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  3. Good for you! I walk through an alleyway with our dog every day, it fills up with litter, courtesy of kids walking to and from school. Once a week I clear it up...some of the neighbours laugh but it's preferable to looking at it and I think the better places look, the more people will be inclined to take care of them.

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    1. Why people laugh is beyond me, they must be so self absorbed, good for you Charlotte.

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  4. That is very thoughtful, oh that others were so thoughtful.

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  5. What a sweet thing to do! Respect of the highest order, I say. You're a fantastic person Ilona.

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  6. What a lovely person you are. This is a wonderful volunteer activity and so kind. JanF

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  7. Such a lovely thing to do. If only more people would be so kind.

    x x

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  8. Ilona, you are a good old soul.:-)
    Ann in Canada

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  9. For what it's worth, You have gained my admiration. Good things are needed to be done to balance the scale. Thank you for being a part of that.

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  10. Its lovely what you did there, remembering all those lost in the war by a small act of remembrance near to you. Well done Ilona.You are a wonderful person. X

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  11. What a very thoughtful and kind thing to do Ilona. I'm sure any relatives would be most grateful for this kindness.

    Sue

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  12. What a nice, thoughtful thing to do, and you are right, it does look so much better!

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  13. What a lovely thing to do x

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  14. I don't usually post though read your blog every day. I just wanted to say thank you for all you do for you community and on your blog.

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  15. You are a true gem Ilona with a heart of gold♥

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  16. Bless you for doing that. Debbie

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  17. If everyone was the same as you Ilona what a wonderful place we would live in.

    Sue R

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  18. From Margie inToronto - a lot of us notice things like this - but few of us actually do anything about it. Thank you Ilona and God bless.

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  19. Ilona you're so kind and thoughtful, that corner of the chuchyard now looks as though someone cares.

    AussieCheryl : )

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  20. That was nice of you and it does look so much better.
    Carolx

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  21. Yes a nice thing to do but I wonder if the relatives of the deceased would like you displaying their graves for the world to see, some of the names are easy to make out. I wouldn't like that happening to my childs grave.

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  22. What a gorgeous soul you are ...and looking at your photo boy you look fabulous for 65 ...gorgeous blog too...not sure why you call yourself the meanqueen ..being frugal and careful with your money is fabulous..and it teaches us all just what a great life can be achieved without spending money all the time...I'm always telling my 3 sons you can have a great life without always spending heaps of money ..like fishing, crabbing,library to read and get all the latest DVD's CD's and magazines and the list goes on .....Sherrie from Simpleliving...

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  23. What an enormous heart you have. You see something that needs doing and do it. Example for us all!!

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