Ever since the days, back in the late 40’s, when my father used to take me on Sunday morning walks around the local cemeteries, these places have always been of great interest to me. Many of my ancestors are resting in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington, London. Highgate Cemetery in London was another place where Dad would point out the monuments of the many famous people who are buried there. Sadly I’m too far away to visit these cemeteries now but, whenever I have the opportunity to visit an old burial ground when we are out exploring, I like to look around.
A tombstone, shattered by a falling tree, in St Michael’s Cemetery in Wisconsin.
A rather unusual sight in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Arlington Heights, Illinois.
Elgin has a beautiful cemetery with many interesting tombstones and resting places.
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It’s always reassuring to know that you have a well-equipped, fully functional, up-to-date fire house nearby. The fire house in downtown Mount Prospect is at the ready and waiting to serve at a moment’s notice. I had reason to be grateful for that, one winter when I slipped and fell on some ice. The prompt attention that I received from the paramedics who were dispatched from there was excellent. Over the years, and at more than one location here in Illinois, we have had occasion to dial 911 and have always received help within minutes.
Nowadays, emergency assistance is usually only a phone call away, but back in the days when Franklin Hose Company No 3 was in existence things might not have been quite that easy. The fire house was built in 1887 and was located at the corner of Main and Irwin in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was operated by volunteers and was disbanded in 1891. The building was moved to its present home at Heritage Hill State Historical Park in 1975.
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Walk this way if you want to go out on the water. The paddleboat dock at Lake Opeka in Des Plaines, Illinois. For more on Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge go to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – July 28, 2017
Here was another one of those daily prompts that I couldn’t ignore. An open gate always seems to be an invitation to walk right in, and a closed one just makes me want to climb over the wall and see what’s on the other side. Luckily I didn’t have to do any climbing at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills. I just had to walk around the wall. The gate had a totally different appearance on the other side.
Visitors are always welcome to walk in at the English Walled Garden in the Chicago Botanic Garden.
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Unusual, the subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge on The Daily Post, was set for us this week by Lignum Draco whose photography I have long admired. When I saw the accompanying post I was immediately put in mind of an image that I captured last year at the Annual American Indian Pow Wow in Elk Grove Village. Seated on bales of straw in the front row of the audience was a nun with a group of enthusiastic young children. Next to the colorful array of costumes worn by the performers and the summery outfits of the other members of the audience, the austerity of her habit stood out, making her rather an unusual sight amongst all the traditional finery.
For more on the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post go to Unusual and, if you haven’t already done so, visit Lignum Draco’s blog at https://lignumdraco.wordpress.com/ for awesome pictures and commentary.
Well, this was a challenge and no mistake! I’m not usually in the habit of taking pictures of bathrooms except when visiting houses of historical interest and it would appear that way back in the day, bathrooms weren’t necessarily high on the agenda. Still, I’m not one to shirk a challenge and, trawling through the old photo files, I finally came up with a few images that I thought might qualify for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.
Out of all the 42 bathrooms at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, it’s incredible to me that this was only one that I seemed to have photographed. Was I not paying attention?
Glensheen Mansion in Duluth was a little more productive on the bathroom front. One thing about these old houses, they had some decent sized tubs!
The bathroom at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills was a little more elaborate. I guess in future I’ll have to be a bit more aware of my surroundings, although I’m not sure that whipping the camera out the next time I’m in a public convenience wouldn’t get me arrested.
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After all the health issues that we’ve faced so far this year, my husband’s knee replacement surgery being the latest, I was overjoyed to finally have something to celebrate when our eldest grandson and his lovely young bride were married last week. It’s not often that the family has an opportunity to get together, now that they are all moving further afield with jobs that demand so much of everyone’s time, so we made the most of every moment. And if you have read this far, I sincerely hope that, if you haven’t already done so, you will follow this link Happy 21st Birthday Grandson! to see why I was so happy to share this wonderful day with the bride and groom.
And in response to Michelle Weber’s Weekly Photo Challenge here is a collage of images that I was able to capture when I wasn’t dancing, talking and generally having a marvelous time.
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