Sunday, November 15, 2015

It is not our circumstances that define us, it is our response to those circumstances..



We cannot control all that happens to us,
but we can control how we choose to respond. 
We can choose to overcome and survive it. 
~ Eleanora Ross

Karrakatta Cemetery opened in 1899. Karrakatta an Aboriginal word, the 'katta' meaning hill or 'the top of any height' is the easy bit, the 'karra' more difficult as it may mean 'karri (a crab), karak (the red-tailed black cockatoo), kara (a spider), karh-rh (an orchid with an edible root). So the meaning of the combined word could be the hill where the orchid with the edible root is found, or the hill frequented by the red-tailed black cockatoo' etc. I don't like spiders so I'm going with the black cockatoo! The angel above has been looking over the cemetery since 1929 and the sculpture below since 1887..


Karrakatta Cemetery has thousands of visitors each year.. in the more recent sectors from 1970's forward as below, the well tended graves sit under the shade of the trees..


I find myself drawn to the neglected and unattended sections below where the graves date from as far back as the late 1800's. Sad at first but then realizing that most of the people who had organized and tended these graves are most likely no longer with us themselves. My heartfelt condolences go out to the victims of terrorist attacks around the world, there have been so many it's almost beyond belief that it can continue to happen. One day very soon please let the world come to it's senses. Take care..



26 comments:

  1. Beautifully written and a stunning set of photos. The world is grieving at the moment and I hope one day that peace is the way forward. - Tasha

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  2. I feel that same, Grace. Your post is lovely for today. The angel, especially.

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  3. And yet, despite all, we choose life and friendship. Thank you for spending your time and your self with us, dear G











    ALOHA, Friend
    ComfortSpiral

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    (")_('')

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  4. Beautiful and moving post for the day, Grace!! So much pain and heartbreak for so many people!! One can only ask, WHEN does it STOP!!! Take care.

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  5. We keep moving on, Grace. Good post for the day.

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  6. It looks like a peaceful place, Grace.

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  7. Beautiful old cemetery. The last one looks like it could be from my home town.

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  8. An interesting and informative post. Cemeteries have always held an attraction for me. I find it fascinating to look at the tombstones and think about the people buried there. I like that quote, too.

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  9. I grew up near a cemetery and love them, so peaceful and interesting.

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  10. I could spend hours in graveyards! Though perhaps not right now! Thanks Grace.

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  11. Terrorism is with us always we only get to hear about it when it strikes the West!
    Those statues are interesting, cemetries are worth exploring.

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  12. Old cemetery areas broken and damaged by time ... quite sad but of course they would have no near relatives still living.
    Ah! what are they doing to our beautiful Paris ??

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  13. Appropriate and touching. I find myself thinking of Père-Lachaise, Montmartre and Montparnasse.

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  14. Thinking of all the ones who have died - recently & in the past. Such a moving post Grace! Thank you. You & your family have some tough weeks ahead - take care & stay safe. Bless.

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  15. Like your first photo. Always good to have an angle looking over us.

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  16. I can't get Paris out of my mind, what kind of world are we living in? The cemetary represents my feelings very well....

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  17. Very wise and beautiful words, Grace.
    Yes, we can chose and it sure is hard for all the refugees being in danger due to some dumbheads over here.
    For once I´m glad Braunschweig is a rather small and hence uninteresting place for terrorism...

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  18. You found just the right words, Grace. C'est incroyable ce qui c'est passé à Paris.

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  19. Such appropriate words, Grace. It's hard to understand why some people think violence is the way to make their point.

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  20. Lovely words and a real tragedy once again!

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  21. It is a horrible world we live in sometimes.

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  22. A beautiful post for a very sad day!

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  23. Under the circumstances, this is the perfect post for this day....

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  24. Perfect for this time of rage and fear...Arianna

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  25. Outstanding quote you open with, lovely photos and such wonderful thoughts too.

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