The old apple tree, Richmond Castle

By mrswoolybill
Taken in the Cockpit Garden. It is believed that there was a garden below the castle walls in the Middle Ages, but little trace of it remained. As a millennium project, landscape architect Neil Swanson designed the new garden which has now matured nicely.
Swanson wanted visitors to sense 'something of the unseen, human struggle which took place there.'

Thinking of struggles, here's a little story that may amuse you...

On Monday we laid my mother's ashes to rest in her parents' grave, in a little country churchyard in Deepest Hampshire.
When we arrived at the church we were very relieved to see Bradley the undertaker waiting with the casket of ashes, we had been agreeing that none of us actually knew where they had been stored since the cremation in June.
We were however puzzled to see the grave undisturbed, apart from a cane stuck in the ground with a note of Mum's name. I said to Bradley 'Would you normally expect to see a hole dug at this stage?' He said 'Yes'.
The vicar arrived in all his finery. He seemed puzzled too, and rather nonplussed as to what to do next.
Discreet phone calls were made... It appeared that the gravedigger had taken himself out for the day and could not be contacted. His wife offered to come and do the job for him, but not immediately. Meanwhile Bradley had located a spade...
In the event, we sat with the ashes in the church, which was nice and cosy and had a loo, while the undertaker (in his smart black suit and polished shoes) and the vicar (in his white surplice, I didn't check out his footwear) dug into solid Hampshire clay. Every so often the vicar would pop back to borrow the casket, to check for size.
As we left afterwards the vicar, still all in white, was filling in the grave.
I was longing to grab a photo. Somehow I think it would have been bad form.
Mum would have enjoyed it, she had a subversive sense of humour.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Castle Trees Richmond Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 7:12AM
Thanks for the |UA, Viv, you're a fast worker!
vivdy 9 2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 7:13AM
My award is for the story .....humour has seem me through many a difficult time , one involving ashes on a very windy day in Bridlington !!!!
21 Nov 2018 7:13AM
A great story to accompany this very nicely composed image, Moira.
I would have to have taken a picture though, I have been known to act in bad form before you know.Wink

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 7:15AM
The home of my old Regiment, The Green Howards. Many fond memories of Richmond and the surrounding area.

Nicely observed and composed with the old apple tree framing the image nicely.

Thanks for sharing Moira.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 7:18AM
I like the way the old tree frames the castle and the lead in from the LH corner. Like the story as well.
SUE118 Plus
12 8 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 7:36AM
Been thinking of you Moira and a sense of humour does help these days. Lovely shot. Sue. x
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
21 Nov 2018 7:39AM
beautiful composed
21 Nov 2018 7:40AM
Living is a pretty grim joke, but a joke just the same
~ L Ron Hubbard
p.s. a perfectly composed shot, dear Moira..
and may God give your mum eternal rest
21 Nov 2018 8:03AM
Been to Richmond countless times but never investigated the castle. Must get round to that...
franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 8:07AM
A nicely composed image and an interesting story, Moira.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
21 Nov 2018 8:55AM
Love the story...sounds like an episode of Dad's Army or Vicar of Dibley...R.I.P

mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
21 Nov 2018 9:18AM
Lovely image Moira, very nicely composed and framed.
Lovely story as well, People often forget that our dear departed
had a sense of humour.
Bad form or not, your mom would have giggled at the photo. Smile
Very best wishes to you and yours.

dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 749 England
21 Nov 2018 9:31AM
A great story Moira.
A very nicely framed image, and perhaps one we'll see in mono at some point?
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 10:46AM
A great image Moira and a great story:

clicknimagine Plus
11 771 104 India
21 Nov 2018 10:59AM
Superbly composed...
Joline Plus
14 30 59 United States
21 Nov 2018 12:44PM
Bent with age and leaning for support.

Your experience must have been harrowing, but I agree that your Mum would have been amused. She may be the only one in the cemetery whose grave was dug by a vicar. That is one for the books for sure!
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
21 Nov 2018 1:29PM
Many years since I visited here - it was on a Camera Club outing way back in 1996! 📷 A fine capture, Moira, with the tree framing the castle very nicely 👍 Interesting story too! 🙂
Trev 😀
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2201 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 2:00PM
A beautifully framed castle and an extremely funny story, Moira.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
21 Nov 2018 3:07PM
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
21 Nov 2018 3:45PM
My sincere condolences, Moira. What a story! Sad and funny at the same time.
You chose the best POV for this most beautiful image. AWESOME in the real sense of the word.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.6k 71 Norway
21 Nov 2018 4:27PM
I was about to say that the gravedigger had lost the plot, but the plot was at least where it should have been at the right time. Communication is the assumption that the other party has organised things...

What tales those old walls could tell, were they allowed to speak...
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 6:10PM
A wonderful image (great POV) and a priceless story!

P Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 8:02PM
Thanks everyone, and thanks to Nezih for the UA. We are back home, exhausted after a difficult day.

Quote:perhaps one we'll see in mono at some point?

Keith, this one didn't work for me in b&w. But a portrait format composition will appear some time an it does work in mono.

Quote:I was about to say that the gravedigger had lost the plot...

Don't worry Malc, someone had to say it.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2375 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 8:41PM
And thank you Jennnn for your UA! A very nice end to the day.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
23 Nov 2018 12:08PM
Great view point. Great composition Moira.
Isabel GrinGrin

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