Windows on the soul

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I have a strange entry for Dawn’s Lingering look at Windows this week.  Maybe a little mournful, and not playing strictly by the rules.  But I do think that these windows are rather beautiful, and hope that you will too.

Eternal roses

Roses for eternity

Sunflowers for Fernanda

Sunflowers for Fernanda

 Simplicity for Maria

Simplicity for Maria
Lilies and colour for Joao

Lilies and colour for Joao

More roses for Rosa

More roses for Rosa

Eternal health

Eternal health

The wife of Jacinto

The wife of Jacinto

And pretty pink for Teresa

And the prettiest of pinks for Teresa
All keeping each other company

All keeping each other company

In England we have nothing like this, and I am always drawn by this expression of love.  On a Sunday afternoon, in a sleepy Algarve village, family members come and go, bringing fresh flowers and relighting candles.  I watch quietly and respectfully, and then try to capture the serenity.  Even in such a tiny village, newer members have their problems.

Reaching the top boxes is for the fit and agile

Reaching the top boxes needs a head for heights

Windows come in all shapes and sizes, don’t they?  For a very different view, visit Dawn- A Lingering look at windows-  week # 5

77 comments

  1. Such a beautiful cemetery Jo! Have never seen one with niches like these. I visited an abandoned one in Calcutta that was the diametric opposite, sad and uncared for.

    1. These seem popular in Portugal, and Spain too. In the case of this village, Cacela Velha, I think space is an issue. The cemetery is cliff top with nowhere to expand to (it’s already as big as the village 🙂 )

    1. Yes, in a village like this, space is paramount, Pomme. This cemetery is almost as big as the village and it sits on a cliff top so there’s no room for “expansion”. 🙂

    1. That begs the question, Guiseppe- what happens if you had a really bad relationship with your parents? That isn’t the case for me but I can certainly think of instances. Would there just be a tombstone “for show” but not maintained?
      I think that they are lovely, and have spent time wandering in cemeteries in Poland and in Portugal. 🙂

  2. I don’t think it’s strange at all, but I guess I grew up with the tradition of photos on tombstones to remember loved ones. Your photos are lovely and really capture the care and attention people pay to the deceased.

  3. Jo, such a beautiful post ….. and full of respect. A wonderful way to create a memorial – were people can add photos and flower arrangement. Thanks for the beautiful sharing.

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