Sometimes you’ll find a peaceful place when you’re not expecting it. On road-trip down to Wellington late last year we found such a treasure. Hylas, Kiana and I had been having fun looking out for spots to take Scavenger Hunt photos – we did the public toilets in Otorohanga, and later found the Ruakawa Falls Lookout as well. But what we had really been hoping to find was a good old New Zealand cemetery. The kind you see on the roadside, full of old headstones and tottering rails. Not an in-use cemetery, but an old one. An interesting one.
Well, we certainly found one all right:
We followed the sign and turned up the road, not sure what we would find. And we were a little flummoxed to find… nothing? We parked the car and had a look. No, there was a cemetery – but you had to walk up a hill to get to it:
It was beautiful. And while it had been my plan to Scavenge in a cemetery, it didn’t feel right to do so. So instead I did so just outside, leaning on the fence. I still think it counts, though!
It’s a cemetery with a lovely view, I have to say. Not to mention a rather sturdy gate …
Once we’d done the Scavenger Hunt photos, we went into the cemetery proper to have a look around. It was … peaceful. Here are some more images, just because they’re too beautiful not to share:
While this was an old cemetery, it was one that was looked after. Not that it was all manicured lawns – it was wild, and deliberately so. But it was fenced so wild animals didn’t get in, and many of the graves had new markers with the names and dates (as the original ones had worn away).
Some had been left as they were – and were beautiful that way, as well.
All three of us have had people dear to us die in recent times. And all three of us felt that this was a peaceful place. We took our time here, looking around together and apart, grieving and gazing and accepting in our own ways.
Everyone dies. That we can be so remembered afterwards? That’s a graceful memorial indeed.
Photographs taken, variously, by myself, Hylas and Kiana. Don’t ask me who took which, though!