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Lancaster Pennsylvania’s Graveyard Rabbit Linda took a one week trip to California to see family and to get a few things from Mother’s home before the sale . While in California she had the opportunity to meet Graveyard Rabbit Diane and we hopped from graveyard to graveyard and then strolled through each of them!  

We started at “Diane’s Cemetery,” Sunnyslope in Corona, went on to Sherman Indian School Cemetery and ended up at Olivewood Cemetery in the heart of Riverside.  At the second graveyard, Sherman Indian School Cemetery, we recorded our visit and I am now sharing it with the rest of you bunnies out there.  Diane has already written a blog on it, and may even write another after this visit . . . hmmmmmm-m-m-m

We’ll start with Diane:

Graveyard Rabbit Diane

Graveyard Rabbit Diane

Is it just me, or does it seem odd that this beautiful monument is at the back gate and not facing the arch and wide gate on the street side?

Graveyard Rabbit Linda

Graveyard Rabbit Linda

Bunny Linda may not be as tall and photogenic as Bunny Diane, but rest assured nobody could have enjoyed herself more!  We both saw different things in the Cemeteries, looking at the same thing.  I’ve come to believe maybe we should always take a buddy with us to get a another’s perspective when we hop from place to place ~ what do you think?

Old headstone, nail and new headstone.

Old headstone, nail and new headstone.

All of the headstones were alike and none of them had a name on it, with the exception of some that I’ll mention later.  In the front of each one of them was what appeared to be a rusted nail, with the head the size of a penny.  (Look hard in the above picture, you’ll see it!)  I tried to clean off the top, thinking perhaps they were numbered, but without a brush or some cleaning agent, I was unable to do it ~ simple spit on the end of my finger didn’t cut it!  The nail was between what remained of the original headstone and the new headstone.  What do you think the nail was?  Diane and I’d be interested . . . 

Example of the new, uniform headstone

Example of the new, uniform headstone

There were a few headstones with names on them and they were either in front or in back of the generic, uniform headstone.  My personal opinion is that the family placed them, so their child’s grave is marked.  

A view of the graveyard

A view of the graveyard

 These two pictures (above and below these two paragraphs) are two pictures that show the uniqueness of this cemetery.  Some of the graves have been forgotten over the years, with children separated from parents by miles and states, and others have not been forgotten with stones and plastic flowers, to keep the color alive!  

You’ll also notice an arch of rebar around one of the older headstones in the right front of the above picture.  Scattered throughout the Cemetery, there were several of these.  Some of them still had the cement from the old headstone attached.

Rememberances

Remembrances

My favorite photograph of the day shows the spirit with which we embraced our hopping.  My new bunny buddy was kicking dirt off of one of the nails, but to me, she appears to be dancing!  For this reason, I’ve called this picture ~ “Dancing on a Grave!”

Dancin' on Your Grave!

Dancin' on Your Grave!

I’ve found a new friend and know that when I go back to California (and I go several times a year to visit family) I have a playmate!   Keep that Blue Bug fired up and ready to go, Diane!

 . . . so many cemeteries; so little time!

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This week we celebrated our 30th Anniversary and spent a good portion of the week in New York City.  It was frigid, to say the least, and we spent most of our time doing indoor things ~ tours, eating, shopping and gawking.  We took bus tours, ate, watched the taping of the Letterman Show, ate, shopped, ate, toured Madison Square Gardens and ate.

 

Strand Book Store, New York City

Strand Book Store, New York City

 

My favorite thing to do in New York is to go to the Strand Book Store.  They advertise 18 miles of books, and if you ask me, they have many more!!  Check out that picture.  See the books covering the windows?  What you see in that picture are the second and third floors and they are packed with books, as is the first floor and basement!  New and Used, ones you’ve heard of and ones you want but have never heard of!  

I’ve been there once and lugged home about 20 pounds of books on that trip.  This trip I learned something new.  I was looking for books on cemeteries (so what’s new?) and couldn’t find which section or floor they were on.  One of the clerks suggested I go to the desk and talk to somebody to see if they could find something.  One of the managers was the most helpful person!  He put all kinds of phrases into a search on their website and came up with a lot of books, but only one or two in stock!  My kind of luck.

However!  He did go and get one of them and then went down the bibliography and started again!  I ended up with seven books.

  • “Etched in Stone, Enduring Words from our Nation’s Monuments,”  Ryan Coonerty
  • “Green Oasis in Brooklyn, The Evergreens Cemetery 1849-2008,”  John Rouslmaniere
  • “The Secret City, Woodlawn Cemetery and the Buried History of New York,” Fred Goodman
  • “Pioneer Cemeteries, Sculpture Gardens of the Old West,” Annette Stott
  • “Known by the Work of His Hands,” Claire Messimer
  •  . . . and two having nothing to do with cemeteries

Now if you could see the size of three of these books, you would understand my husband’s reluctance to carry them back to the hotel!  We did have a large tote bag, however it would have still been quite a strain!

That same manager ~ bless his heart ~ suggested we have the store ship them, for two reasons:

  1. Since we were shipping them out of state we would save NYC tax of 8% on our purchases and
  2. Their shipping charge was $4.50 for the first one and 50 cents for each one after that!

It was a win-win situation!  We got home yesterday and our package got here today!

He also told us we could order online and have our purchases shipped.  Check out their website.  Perhaps you could find a book you’ve been looking for.  They carry new and used books and can put you on a waiting list for a particular book!  

Strand Books will be my bookstore of choice from now on!  

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