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pandora
26th November 2015, 09:13 AM
At the risk of appearing overly macabre I'm posting this diptych firstly as photography
and secondly as a milestone (or a headstone if you like) in my life that I am happy to share *yes.

None of us will be here forever, we know that for sure, so why shy away from mortality *shrug.
Unfortunately, we can't know how, why, when or where we will die. If that were possible I could have completed my memorial with a plaque *wave

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/20151126_125933xemx.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/87669)
Shot Thursday with my phone. It was another case of, "the best camera is the one I had with me".

At 4:00AM Friday, in a fit of lunar madness I drove 26km out to the cemetery to shoot a preconceived vision of our moonlit memorials.
Although it's summer it was bitterly cold as I set up a tripod by the light of November's full moon.
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PB261689.JPG (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/87677)

I was wishing I still had the XZ-2 for a crisper, less noisy result.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PB270498.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/87678)

I just loved the reflected 'split kiss' of moonlight on marble - hey, how cool was that! :cool: :D

Just researching options as to which nebula I'll head off to next :D

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/PB270507ED.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/87676)
XZ-1 selfie shot early this morning

Imageryone
26th November 2015, 09:40 AM
"Together in death as we were in a good lifetime. "

Makes perfect sense to me Mark.

Ross the fiddler
26th November 2015, 10:47 AM
I guess we can be thankful this doesn't happen here.
Why Greeks are exhuming their parents (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34920068)

Naughty Nigel
26th November 2015, 11:50 AM
I guess we can be thankful this doesn't happen here.
Why Greeks are exhuming their parents (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34920068)

That is truly awful. There is a shortage of burial space in some parts of the UK, but I don't think there is any suggestion of digging up the dead; at least not in the lifetimes of their immediate descendants.

pandora
26th November 2015, 03:05 PM
"Together in death as we were in a good lifetime. "
Makes perfect sense to me Mark.
Yes, that is the sense of it David, and thanks. :)

I guess we can be thankful this doesn't happen here.
Why Greeks are exhuming their parents (http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34920068)
I'll check out that thread later, Ross. Thanks in advance.

I just checked it out, that's really a modern day "Greek Tragedy" (http://www.ancient.eu/Greek_Tragedy/) - Thankfully there's enough space in Oz to forestall such practice for eternity - The simpson Desert comes to mind!
That is truly awful. There is a shortage of burial space in some parts of the UK, but I don't think there is any suggestion of digging up the dead; at least not in the lifetimes of their immediate descendants.
I hear that some cemeteries due to a shortage of space are now burying the dead vertically.

mstphoto
26th November 2015, 03:09 PM
Sorry, it wasn't meant to be offensive
Now deleted

pandora
26th November 2015, 03:27 PM
I guessed it wasn't intended as personal, Mike. Thanks for your consideration. *chr

+ I deleted my response. :)

Hemlockwood
26th November 2015, 03:34 PM
It is a milestone in your life. Thank you for sharing. A sad moment, but as you rightly point out we are all mortal and our time will come. From reading your posts your lady seems to have been a very special person and you clearly had many happy times together.*yes Hold on to those memories, Take care.

Naughty Nigel
26th November 2015, 03:41 PM
I hear that some cemeteries due to a shortage of space are now burying the dead vertically.

I think that is true in some cities. It makes a lot of sense although the graves will of course be much smaller.

There was an interesting debate somewhere in the Midlands if I recall where a council proposed using waste heat from the crematorium to heat a nearby public swimming pool. Technically it is an excellent idea, but I think it was dropped owing to public opposition.

pandora
26th November 2015, 03:48 PM
I think that is true in some cities. It makes a lot of sense although the graves will of course be much smaller.

There was an interesting debate somewhere in the Midlands if I recall where a council proposed using waste heat from the crematorium to heat a nearby public swimming pool. Technically it is an excellent idea, but I think it was dropped owing to public opposition.
Yes indeed Nigel, I imagine the proposal is now dead in the water so to speak? ...

DerekW
26th November 2015, 03:53 PM
The town is Redditich and according to the latest entry the cremm is heating the pool
see
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-23104502

pandora
26th November 2015, 03:54 PM
It is a milestone in your life. Thank you for sharing. A sad moment, but as you rightly point out we are all mortal and our time will come. From reading your posts your lady seems to have been a very special person and you clearly had many happy times together.*yes Hold on to those memories, Take care.
Thank you so much for reading some of my previous posts, and your most thoughtful reply.

And yes, Janette was indeed a very special person who was much loved by all who knew her.

pandora
26th November 2015, 04:00 PM
The town is Redditich and according to the latest entry the cremm is heating the pool
see
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-23104502
The project certainly makes sense and I can't imagine that the deceased would object to their cremation being a means to heating the community swimming pool. Thanks Derek.

Naughty Nigel
26th November 2015, 05:17 PM
The project certainly makes sense and I can't imagine that the deceased would object to their cremation being a means to heating the community swimming pool. Thanks Derek.

Thanks to Derek for clearing that one up. I remember it being discussed on the Vine Show, and I thought they had dropped the idea.

The way I look at it, encouraging people to take exercise like swimming should help reduce the pressure on cemeteries and crematoria in the short time at least! :)

Beagletorque
26th November 2015, 08:03 PM
Like you Mark I prefer to open about these things and well done for getting it out there not bottling it all up. Headstones here in the UK can take a while to get sorted, especially if you go "bespoke". Still waiting for the actual stone to arrive at the masons for my SiL, never mind all the hand carving work, hopefully they get it right the first time!

Beagletorque
26th November 2015, 11:22 PM
Liking the update and the last shot!

pandora
27th November 2015, 06:33 AM
Thanks to Derek for clearing that one up. I remember it being discussed on the Vine Show, and I thought they had dropped the idea. The way I look at it, encouraging people to take exercise like swimming should help reduce the pressure on cemeteries and crematoria in the short time at least! :)
Then of course one could donate one's body to science, although the thought of bits of me bottled in formaldehyde is ignominious and undignified :W) (no pun intended on Beagletorque's comment *erm).

Like you Mark I prefer to open about these things and well done for getting it out there not bottling it all up. Headstones here in the UK can take a while to get sorted, especially if you go "bespoke". Still waiting for the actual stone to arrive at the masons for my SiL, never mind all the hand carving work, hopefully they get it right the first time!Liking the update and the (2nd) last shot!
Hi Andrew - thanks for your like-minded thoughts on "not bottling it all up" :)

Here in rural Victoria a headstone doesn't take long to get sorted. For ours it was only a matter of weeks from acceptance of quote to completion. Our stonemason outsources bronze plaques to a Melbourne specialist company which can be a hold up. Personally I prefer bronze over engraved marble because there's more scope for design. The marble I chose as the headstone has iridescent "blue pearl" inclusions that I find very attractive and by ordering mine right after Janette's I was assured of a match as it was cut from the same slab.

I hope you won't have to wait much longer for your SiL's stone and that they do get it right. I was a tad P'd off with Janette's plaque as my text layout spacing was not followed precisely. I should not have passed it but at the time I was not in the mood to quibble.

PS: Apologies Andrew for switching the original last shot which is now the second last shot.