AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Allison K. Bayne


Some weeks ago I mentioned that I would return to Crib Point Cemetery on the Mornington Peninsula.
It is now the Winter school holidays.
They began with lots of rain, but, at the first sign of sunlight, I returned to Crib Point.
This headstone attracted me immediately.
The setting of rain puddles - like mini wetlands - so suited the essence of this beautiful headstone.


The pelican, the kookaburra and the ring-tailed possum are all representative of our peninsula wildlife.


The frame of water and leaves captures this part of the peninsula so well.


I can't find details of her life.
All there seems to be is this presence of her beauty.

Kind loving lady
Mother Nature's messenger
In touch with her soul

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14 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

How beautiful, Gemma....the headstone is wonderful and your words honor her spirit. A lover of wildlife...kindred spirit!

Naquillity said...

oh how i love this headstone. it's definitely inspired me to have something similar for my grave one day. your haiku was a beautiful tribute to her. hope all is well. have a great day~

Eschelle said...

That is a lovely stone, wish you could find more information on her life :( Check your local library for info, I bet they could help you find something.

Lorna Cahall said...

How wonderful. It is so deeply embedded in nature. She must have been so special. Thanks.

Mama Zen said...

What a lovely headstone!

diane b said...

A different and modern touch to traditional headstones. I guess it is what she would have liked being in tune with nature and animals.

biebkriebels said...

A very nice stone with all the nature related images.

VioletSky said...

that is a beautiful headstone.
it doesn't leave any room for her husband, but then maybe he was not such a nature lover.

Julie said...

It tells perhaps more about her than the traditional words and string of names. It is a shame that the 'construction line' is visible down the centre of the headstone.


When I was at Camperdown Cemetery over the weekend, I saw a number of headstones (very ancient headstones) squelching in mud, and lying in water. We having had much rain, as you have. However, these headstones were not being done a favour with their feet in constant moisture. I do hope that does not happen to this lovely memorial. I do agree that it gives the appearance of a wetland.

She was only 44 ...

hamilton said...

I really like this stone, though the swampy ground is a bit worrying.

Deb said...

Great motif on the stones for a nature lover. Like the idea of a wildlife pond as a memorial, not sure how practical it is as a grave site though.

Nicola Carpenter said...

What a beautiful memorial.

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CaT said...

ooooh, this is indeed a very beautiful and unique stone...

JM said...

What a fantastic headstone! That lady could only have been a wildlife lover. Great tribute.

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