As some of you might have surmised, Guy and I are not in our normal digs this summer, but have temporally moved up north to escape the heat. We are renovating a home built in 1910, leaning heavy on contractors but doing the outside gardens and yard ourselves. It’s in a small town, and though it’s different from my forest retreat, it is reminiscent of the first home that Guy and I bought, and it’s starting to feel comfortable.
Which brings me to the tombstone in our back yard. Okay, at first, I kind of freaked out when Guy turned over the step and saw that it was really a tombstone, thinking someone had scavenged it and decided it would make a good, if macabre back step from the porch to the yard, but I’ve since talked to my good writer friend, Faith Hunter, and she tells me her husband, who knows these things, says that it was probably never used, but recycled when the stone chipped, cracked, or they made a misspelling when they were cutting it. Apparently it’s quite common to find these, especially in older homes like the one we have. So if you have a thin marble step in your garden, lift it! You might have a piece of history.
I think this is very cool, and it will go up in one of my shade gardens as soon as I get it done. It may never have been used, but it probably has a twin out there somewhere, weathered and faded. I’d like to find it. I already did some research, and I think I found the family associated with it. If you want to dig for the research yourself, the stone was found in Washtenaw County, MI.
And as sort of a secondary note, I found a ring while digging up the earth in the shade garden. It sparkles. A lot. It’s probably paste and base metal, but I’m taking in today to see if I’m going to be wearing it as a” nostalgic gift from the house” or a “holy crap your kidding gift from the house.” Either way, I think it’s been fun. Guy unearths tombstones, and I find diamonds. -laugh- I’ll let you know what I find out.
Tomorrow, though, I will have one of the first colored pages from the Hollows Graphic novel for you. Whoo-hoo!!!