At first quite a daunting theme, Joanne as I don't really frequent grave yards as such. I did remember taking up a challenge of Joel's once and got darling son to go with me, up to Fairlands cemetery and once I got to think about it, remembered some more. Just as well, as too busy this weekend to go out shooting and better not leave till later what I can do today, as Mitch might shoot me, if late again.
My first one is very very old, these are cairns really. When researching after our walk in The Dome Heritage Site, Parys, Orange Free State, we realised an influenza epidemic had swept the area in the 1600's and therefore wiped out whole villages. Hence the untraditional way of burial in what was white settlers in those days.
We counted 17 graves, of which maybe 4 or 5 were children, the old way when coming upon a burial in the wilderness is to place a stone on the grave and say a small prayer. There is no headstones, no names, no history to show who lived here, who died here. The old homestead behind the graves has disintegrated though we could make out the corner stones of the main house and also where the herds had been kept in corrals during the night to be safe from wild animals. It was very quiet up there and eerie with just sounds of birds and the wind in the long grass.
My second is a bit more recent and traditional with a headstone still standing from the Jerusalem Site in Fairlands. The only headstone standing, the rest of the informal grave site has fallen down. Some old graves just has a klip sitting on them.
My last one is from Northern Transvaal, just outside Magaliesberg, the site was bought by the Plumari family and turned into a game reserve with a large conference center, Askari Ranch, and also the largest private collection of old ox wagons in South Africa. They have a whole village built around an old church, which has been recreated to look like it did in the 1800's. The proviso of the Grobler family that owned the farm was that the graveyard not be disturbed and it is being maintained.
Have a wonderful week all, see you next Saturday for more PT fun, I hope.