Thursday, May 14, 2009



No news from agent re publisher. Still editing like mad, hoping to get as much done before the feelings of hope are drained away and despair sets in again.

Last Saturday I took a different route to the market and came across Brompton Cemetery, had a little look around and decided to go back the next day for the tour. I do like wandering about on my own but am also a sucker for guided tours. Beatrix Potter used to live just beside the cemetery. They've found lots of names of her characters on the tombstones, fuelling the theories that, as it used to be a market garden, it's the original Mr McGregor's Garden. As well as Nutkins, above, and Mr McGregor, there's a Tod, a Mr Brock, a Peter Rabbett and Jeremiah Fisher. The man in the grave behind received the VC for bombing an airship which landed on a convent killing several nuns. He survived but was killed weeks later in an aerobatics display.

The tour leaves the Fulham Road entrance every Sunday at 2.00 and lasts for nearly 2 hours.

Arts & Crafts design by Edward Burne-Jones.

Emmeline Pankhurst, her grave still tended with fresh violas.

The whole place was designed as an outdoor cathedral, based on St Peter's in Rome. There's an open day on July 19th. Every year someone brings a wind-up gramophone to singer Richard Tauber's grave and plays his old 78s.

Rubbish photo of my shadow.. Won't be able to make the open day as it's daughter's 15th birthday but am hoping to go to Kensal Green's on 4 July, and still have to see the most famous of them all, Highgate.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon.


Jeannette said...

Courage, as we say in Belgium. Waiting is so hard.

Your photographs of the cemetery are gorgeous.

Amanda Mann said...

Thank you Jeanette!

Amanda Mann said...

Jeannette, sorry.

Deb said...

I want to visit that cemetery. x

liz fenwick said...

I've passed that cemetary so many times an often thought about bvisiting but never did - now I see what I missed!

Hang in there.

Amanda said...

The waiting is so hard. I've only waited for short stories at the moment - and that's bad enough!

The Cemetry photos are great! :-)