Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Gravedigger

The Gravedigger


Walking past the cemetery at the Medieval church in Västerhaninge (where Sara works), I spotted a modern day gravedigger in action. Must be hard work. But probably a bit easier today with the help of a modern digger, compared to when the church was new 800 years ago!

16 comments:

Olivier said...

Impressionnant ce cimetière sous la neige...

brattcat said...

Does it reach a point during the winter there when the ground is too hard to dig and burial must wait until spring?

Don and Krise said...

I'm thinking that with snow on the ground one must be careful to dig in the right spot.

Halcyon said...

I always think it's especially sad to bury someone in the winter. So hard to leave someone you loved in that cold place. :(

Leif Hagen said...

Steffe, I think you should have stopped in the church and said hello to Sara! Unless you're afraid of being "enlightened?"

Lois said...

It must be really hard to dig in the frozen ground!

MrsLittleJeans said...

It is a strange scene to me... : )

Clueless in Boston said...

With either modern tools or just a shovel, it's still a cold job. Glad I don't have to do it.

Louis la Vache said...

Maybe he's digging the grave for the Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate that was killed by voter anger at Obama yesterday in Massachusetts....

Amy said...

That is such a pretty scene! I love graveyards, the history and the quietness.

Gordon said...

The snow certainly makes life (and death) hard!

Priscilla said...

so do you think they still would ever need the Grave Digger's Handbook?

Steffe said...

I'm yet to read The Book Thief , but it's on my list.

Kate said...

A bit macabre! Gordon's comment is amusing but pretty realistic at times.

Julie said...

I guess it snowed 800 years ago, so that would be just as tough.

Steffe said...

I would think so.