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The Titanic Cemetery…

 

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Congrats to dear Peter from Peter’s Pondering for guessing that this is a picture of  Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in particular, the section of the cemetery where more than 100 victims of the Titanic disaster were buried.  Which is why, sadly, all of the granite headstones that were provided by the shipping company, whether there is a name or only a number, bear the date April 15, 1912.  Fairview is only one of three Canadian cemeteries where Titanic victims were taken.  There are 29 others buried at Mt. Olivet and the Baron de Hirsch Cemeteries, also in Halifax.

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We visited Fairview on our tour of Halifax and it was heartbreaking to hear stories about some of the people and families who died.  Larger markers like the one below were paid for by individual families.  I particularly liked the poetic phraseology on this headstone.

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There is also a sweet tribute to all the children that perished that day, paid for by crew of the Mckay-Bennett, a small ship that retrieved many of the bodies, including a small child who remained unclaimed and unidentified, victim number 4.  By 2011, DNA testing of the unclaimed remains buried here identified victim number 4 as 19 month old Sidney Leslie Goodwin whose family perished on the voyage.  A plaque with his information was added, though the headstone was unchanged in memory of all the children who did not survive the ill-fated trip.

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And I must give an Honorable Mention to the always romantic Drew from The Lonely Author who was actually correct in identifying the picture as a cemetery and, more specifically, somewhere he would not be picking up a date!  But, you know, lonely, perhaps wealthy, grieving widow in need of comfort?  Maybe he will want to rethink his answer!

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Wordless Wednesday…

Can you guess where this was taken?

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Monday Musings about Cruising…

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I’m back from Canada, eh, and here’s just a quick overview of why I like cruising!

  1. Spent more than a week with hubby, my sis and brother in law living next door to each other  (we live several states apart)
  2. Wonderful food choices made it easy to eat well and indulge just a little.  And no planning, cooking or clean up…
  3. Only had to take Dramamine for a few days this time…
  4. Walked literally miles everyday (not to mention the stairs)
  5. Great entertainment all in one place.  A show every night — great music, magic, acrobats and comedy, plus musicians in the common atrium areas…
  6. An incredibly small, efficient storage system for clothes and personal effects in your stateroom…
  7. A free upgrade to a stateroom on a higher floor with an obstructed ocean view (that means a lifeboat is partially in front of your window) but, hey, some people pay for that view!
  8. A special drink of the day and wine with dinner (not included in the price, but still)…
  9. Visiting six cities without packing up and changing hotels every few days…
  10. A towel animal on your bed each night — that’s a bulldog!

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I’ll give you the flip side later!

Slow Curve, A Book Review…

I’m delighted to introduce the first book review by a librarian friend of mine who will be guest posting on my blog.  I think I promised you early this year that Lynn would be doing this, but apparently she was too busy travelling and swimming and just plain relaxing after she and her husband both retired to get any work done for the blog!  She’s on board now, so watch for her reviews to pop up on a regular basis…

Upcoming reviews will probably be mysteries, but I’ve told her I’m open to anything she’d like to post and that as a former librarian, we look forward to reading her opinions on whatever books she chooses!

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Lynn’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

If I hadn’t discovered the Hunter Rayne mysteries I would never have known about the mosquitoes in Alaska, 35 varieties of them. That turned out to be useful information for my trip to Alaska this past summer.

Hunter Rayne is a former officer of the RCMP. A serious case of burnout causes him to retire from the force and take to the road as a long-haul trucker. Despite his change of careers, Hunter can’t seem to help tripping over dead bodies and other mysteries on his routes through western Canada and Alaska. His detective skills won’t allow him to stay out of an investigation.

Equipment breakdowns and personal baggage (an ex-wife and emotionally distant daughters), complicate things but Hunter, like the Mountie he was, always gets his man.

Slow Curve on the Coquihalla is the first title in this series, followed by Ice on the Grapevine. I believe there are four in the series so far. It’s not necessary to read them in order, but if you don’t you will miss a bit of the character development and the slow revelation of what contributed to Hunter Rayne’s departure from the police force. The setting will make you want to plan a trip to Canada or Alaska, but don’t forget to pack your mosquito repellent.