All Hallows’ Eve

The McKee family plotThe boundary between this world and the next is said to be thin right now. – Personally I think it’s on the thin side most days but it’s good to have a reason to honor the ancestors and welcome them back among us. Blithewold’s family is never far from here and our hearts – they live on through the property and our collective love of it. And I feel certain that they were overseeing our work yesterday as a few volunteers finished burying the undead (the tulips!) in the North Garden.Bessie's stone

I thought it was only fitting for this Halloween post to visit the place where some of the ancestors have been laid to rest. Juniper Hill Cemetery is a 19th century garden cemetery, which is a type of burial ground designed as much for the solace of the living as it is to house the dead. Juniper Hill is a place of pure quiet and deep shade on a hill overlooking Bristol harbor and, these days, seems forgotten by all but a few dog walkers (and the Bristol Historical Society which offers grave and tree tours occasionally). I have to admit that I visit this place weekly, if not daily, but I think it has never been more sublimely beautiful than it is right now.

cemetery Beechan allée of Sweetgum

Happy Halloween!

One thought on “All Hallows’ Eve

  1. New England Cemetaries are quite beautiful aren’t they? This one is decked out for Halloween with those colorful trees. Great idea for a post and I hope all are peacefully resting.

    Layanee, I think everyone must be pretty happy at Juniper Hill – it’s the most peaceful place in Bristol and so beautiful. It’s almost as pleasant to walk there as it is to walk around Blithewold! – kris

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