A really nice post on life in the cemetery. A different point of view for most folks.
The Field Naturalist Ballarat
Modern cemeteries may be boring. Designed for low maintenance with white gravel or manicured lawns, the view may be good but there is sameness in all the regimented rows. You may need to be selective but if you decide to visit a country cemetery you will often find there is more to look at than just tombstones, gravel and arum lilies.
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This year has found the department significantly reduced in both staffing and overall funding. It has been a challenge to keep up with the day to day operations.
Thankfully, several townspeople came forward to donate their time in the cemeteries. We who are left at the department offer our heartfelt gratitude to all those individuals who gave of themselves in order to help preserve the tradition of the New England Cemetery. This year especially, we could not do it without you. Thanks!
These fine folks worked hard at spring clean up at Jones Cemetery and have been keeping up with the grass cutting this season
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We have had a series of beautiful days this week in the North Quabbin region. Pete and I have been outside everyday raking, repairing winter graves, fixing plow scrapings, trimming shrubbery and generally picking up.
It seems a little scary to believe that Spring has come but I have been outside working everyday without a coat. The weather forecast is calling for rain snow mix this weekend and I expect one or two more plowable snow storms but I sure am enjoying these warm sunny days!
For those of you in town, please remember that all grave decorations must be removed by April 1st and graves must be kept undecorated until April 15th for Spring cleanup. Also please note that we are removing Christmas decorations now. If you have Christmas decorations in the cemetery that you would like to reuse, please come and pick them up.
Josh and Pete
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Eight to Ten inches of heavy wet snow fell this morning. We plowed open South Cemetery and then checked our other cemeteries for tree damage.
Mostly we encountered a few limbs down, some blocking the back roads, and picked them up. Here are some shots of an old maple at Jones Cemetery that broke in half and got caught up in its own lower limbs.
Started with the pole saw. Carefully selecting limbs in order to lower the piece slowly to the ground.
The top of the tree broke off and became caught in the crotch of a lower limb on its way to the ground. The lower limb broke but not completely off.
Here's the top on the ground
Immediate danger resolved. Will return in better weather to consider removing this tree.
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