On Monday of this week, as I settled into my new found free time, Irishmam and I had to choose between going to Ikea for the afternoon or taking our first foray into shopping for headstones.
This time around blue and yellow won out over the grey and black.
We plan to get things organised before Littlegirl’s birthday/anniversary at the start of December, and we need to get moving soon as I think there can be a fair lead time for getting the stone work done.
All of the graves around our Littlegirl’s are steadily being decorated (is that the word?) so we don’t want to be last or “Graveyard Gwen” – the cemetary gossip queen – will be telling all kinds of things to the neighbours!
Interesting, I recently saw a documentary about the area of Dublin where I happen to work. It’s an old part of the city that hasn’t been impacted much by the recent years of boom and gentrification. (Let’s face it, if you haven’t been gentrified by now you’re in the clear for the next decade or so in this town!) The movie explores the nature of the community and some of the more interesting characters you might meet on the streets and in the shops. If you’ve ever been to Dublin and visited the Guinness brewery then I guess you’ve passed through The Liberties.
Anyway, almost opposite my place of work is a stonemason’s yard that I’d never noticed before. The stonemason featured in the documentary and had worked in the yard his whole life. As he chipped away at a gravestone he spoke about the intricacies of the work, and how traditional ways were falling to modern trends of faxing orders to asia where the work can be done cheaper and shipped back here for finishing.
Since the film was released Brendan’s yard has gone on sale. This is a pity as it would be nice to be able to visit the yard and see what he could do for our Littlegirl. Having seen the movie I know he cares about his work, however, it’s not to be and he seemed to be looking forward to retirement so I hope he is getting a well deserved rest and enjoying his time.