Oct 22, 2010

Welcome Haunted Blog Tour Patrons!


A rousing hello and welcome to Mrs. B's Haunted Blog Tour patrons! But not too rousing...we don't want to wake the dead. 

For this tour, I thought I'd take a tour myself, so I set out to visit a local cemetery.  At this cemetery, the earliest residents of my hometown are interred.  The first residents, and oldest residents (at 107 years and 103 years) are here.  As well as the first mayor, first police officer and a surprising number of children for such a sparsely populated graveyard. 


Although no one has been buried here in more than thirty years, there are still visitors who leave all manner of offerings...


One of several children buried here.


Unfortunately, being the oldest cemetery in the city, and being that it is unused today, the grave sites have fallen into disrepair.  There are many monuments and headstones that have tumbled due to weathering and vandalism.  For the most part, the damaged stone is always placed back in it's rightful place, even if it is not repairable.

There is a definite energy in this place, and it is one of the sites visited on a haunted tour put on yearly by the local museum - which has it's own ghost named "The Blue Lady."



I hope you enjoyed my little graveyard tour.  Please feel free to poke around the blog - it's a rather eclectic place, but it's home!

And speaking of home; turning inward to our hearths for the season and in honour of the blog tour - I have a giveaway.  Two wonderful books that will have you settling in to your sanctuary and discovering wonderful ways to use and expand upon that great household energy.



All you have to do to win these two books is be or become a follower of my blog, and leave a comment on this post.  This is a one-day giveaway (starting late Friday night as this post goes up.)  I will draw a name on Sunday morning (after a suitable sleep-in) and post the name of the winner.

Best wishes, and thanks so much for stopping by!


 

46 comments:

Pallas Renatus said...

Ooh, sign me up! =)

Divine Lotus Healing said...

Hi Rue,
I've been meaning to tell you for a bit now that I love your *new* look of your blog! You have an eye for design. :) Even if I don't win either of these two books, I'm interested in finding them for reading anyway... thank you for sharing them! Namaste.

Nydia said...

I always say that if the cemeteries here were like these, I could even like them! Such beautiful graves on the grass, not a endless cement-paved place like here!

Loved the tour, I could read your words more and more - a great subject for more posts!

And ah.. Giveaway! lol Needless to say to count me in, right? ;)

Kisses and much love from us!

TMC said...

I love touring little old graveyards! You can learn so much just from imagining the lives the people lived.

Count me in on the giveaway. I LOVE the Hedge Witch book. I've checked it out from the library 100 times! :)

Jeanne said...

A beautiful location for a cemetery. Oh, the stories those headstones could probably tell.....

Thanx for having us over for a visit. I always enjoy your part of blogland. :0)
Throw my name into the hat for the drawing, please.
Samhain Blessings!

faerwillow said...

~good morning ms. rue...thank you for sharing a bit of your town with us...i have always found graveyards peaceful...when i first learned to drive i often headed to where my great grandmother was laid to rest beneath a cherry blossom tree and i would sit for hours...just simply being and or clearing my mind when needed...wonderful books you are giving...much l♥ve and light upon you~

Robin Larkspur said...

Thanks for the tour of the graveyard. And please do sign me up for your great giveaway! Those books look very intriguing! How sweet of you to host a gifting!!!

Tracy DeLuca said...

We have a graveyard near hear that is just gorgeous. I may have to take some pics and share them. I love exploring it!

sophiadawn said...

I like exploring old cemeteries. I have 3 not far from my house in the country. One is very old.

Also, sign me up for the giveaway. Aww...who am I kidding, I never win. LOL

SushiQ said...

Hello! What a beautiful cemetery. I love the picture of the offering on the headstone, so nice to see that people still remember the ones who have gone before them. Thanks for the great post, I always enjoy reading!

Susan Erickson said...

old cemeteries like that will soon be only a memory as they bury us in little holes in walls nowadays. I love the green and peace of a good graveyard....it is a resting spot after all.....

neroli said...

It's a joy to be a new follower of your blog!! Thanks for sharing your tour; there is so much peace and history to be found in a cemetary! I really enjoyed reading your 'Rue Who' profile~~you feel like a long lost friend!
So kind of you to host a giveaway~~please count this as a VERY hopeful entry!! )O(
neroli18@live.com

Liz @ A Life Divine said...

That's too bad that the cemetery has become derelict. It looks like a beautiful place to spend eternity! Is it just that there are other places to go now? I wonder if those souls knew that one day there'd be no one left to come care for their physical remains.

I've been subscribing for a while, but realized I wasn't actually following. I am now! Lovely giveaway. Best of luck to all the participants!

Lyn said...

Thanks for the cemetery tour - I spend hours looking around old graveyards so it's a pleasure to see them around the world.

Love to enter your giveaway - already a follower :-)

Blessings

Lyn

Linda in New Mexico said...

I love old cemeteries....the pictures of this one are grand. I used to work in a cemetery and I loved the restful (no pun intended) feel of it. Like a nature preserve with all manner of critters.
Please count me in on the book giveaway. Thanks so much.
The Olde Bagg, Linda

Mother's Moon's Message said...

I love touring cemetaries.... there is always a story to be told...

the two books for your giveaway look wonderful.. count me in... you are too kind.

Annette said...

Rue, I've been a follower and admirer for awhile. =) Love the new look and thank you for the chance at your giveaway! Great books.

TMCPhoto said...

what great books. Visiting a graveyard is one of my favourite photography destination, the older the better. I'd love to hear about The Blue Lady one day

DK Spins said...

I'm a new follower by way of Mrs. B's Haunted Blog Tour. Thank you for the tour of your cemetery, it's so sad when the headstones have fallen and/or broken. BB, Dianne in UT

Wendy said...

I love old cemetaries! This is beautiful. And if you ever meet the "Blue Lady" I hope you post about it. Please include me in your giveaway, thank you for having it. And if you'd like some tea today, please drop by my blog and say "Hi". Thank you Rue.

http://www.yearcats.com/2010/10/22/drinking-tea-with-the-ancestors/

Zombie Queen said...

I really regret not being by any old, peaceful cemeteries. When we lived in Pasadena we visited this one huge old cemetery. It instilled in me such a feeling of stillness and magic :)

The books look great! I'd love to win :)

Birgit said...

Dear Jen,

Thanks for taking us to this graveyard -- very interesting place.

I have said it before, but let me say it once again -- I like your blog very much and find myself returning to it ever so often. You have always have the most interesting things to share -- a big thanks for that.

Thanks also for the chance to win such interesting books -- you are always so generous. :)

Hugs,
Birgit

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

I love graveyards, and this one was quite lovely! They are so great for photographing. Also, I am a follower now!

Sparkless said...

I'd love to win your book giveaway so add my name to the draw. I'm a follower.

The Traveler said...

awesome trip through the cemetery. There is a cemetery about 4 blocks from where I live and it has a really great older section. It's a really small cemetery, and my family have all had plots there since before I was born so I'll get to join the old headstones someday.

Witchy Godmother said...

Just stopping by from Mrs. B's blog tour and I plan on checking out more.
Hugs and sparkles - WG

tournesol said...

Plsease enter me, I have become a follower. Love your site and interesting posts. I used to transcribe headstones for tombstone project (genealogy). It was pretty interesting . Very cool books I hope I win!

Sara said...

I love visiting grave yards... and your visit was just wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

the wild magnolia said...

Cemeteries are a wealth of the past. Our imagination can fill in the blanks of the ones laid to rest.

Good post.

My lovely Life said...

I am love to get these 2 books! We have a great old cenmatary around our house and we love to look at the old tombstones!

Aisha said...

Thanks so much for the tour, i was thinking of visiting the cemetery neat me also, older cemeteries have the more interesting headstones. Visiting from Mrs.b, and would LOVE to win either of these books, I am a follower

Aisha said...

Thanks so much for the tour, i was thinking of visiting the cemetery neat me also, older cemeteries have the more interesting headstones. Visiting from Mrs.b, and would LOVE to win either of these books, I am a follower

Jon said...

Beautiful pictures! I hope you have a happy Halloween!

Divaeva said...

What wonderful pictures and I am already a folower :) BB

Barbara said...

I'm intrigued and I love your photos of the cemetery. I always think it is so sad to see the old grave stones left untended.

Peace!

Yart said...

I love your cemetery it is very well taken care of. And I'm a follower

Allanah said...

Hi Rue!
Love your blog and have been reading it for several months now, but I just figured out how to become a follower (yeah....google stuff confuses me sometime. Anyways).

I'd love a chance to read/win either of those books, so sign me up!

Allanah said...

*sometimes

D.Suplicki said...

I've always very much enjoyed visiting long forgotten graves to leave wild flowers and just say hello. Graveyards are such peaceful and often time beautiful, places.

Kathy said...

I loved the tour. The graveyard made me think of Anne of Green Gables for some reason and I love it.

Sus said...

That Smudge book looks fun! Sign me up for the giveaway!...PS...love your blog.

Jennifer said...

ooh!! The books look wonderful!!

Thanks for having this giveaway :)
(and I love the graveyard pics!)

rowan said...

Hi! I enjoy reading your blog and the layout is beautiful!!!!

Aine O'Brien said...

I love old graveyards. There was a "hidden one" I liked to visit when I lived in Massachusetts. There were graves there from the 1600's. They are such magical places.

Lovely giveaway - please enter me in it!

Kally83 said...

I'm probably too late now but if not, I'd love to enter!

Chatters said...

Beautiful looking cemetery. I love grave yards. I have a couple of lovely ones near me. They are so peaceful.

Count me in for those wonderful books. look very interesting. It's very generous of you to give away such gorgeous books