Bluebells at Gravesend Cemetery

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One of my favourite places to go for a walk in Gravesend is the cemetery, which is always very beautiful and peaceful. When I went today, I had a lovely surprise – the bluebells were in full bloom.

私が住んでいるグレーブゼンドの中で散歩する時一番好きなところは、いつも綺麗で、静かなグレーブゼンド霊園です。今日霊園で散歩したときに、素晴らしいものが見ました。ブルーベルは満開でした。

Bluebells have long been associated with the faerie folk, and it’s easy to see why – with such a vivid colour, they seem to be filled with a magick all their own. They also tend to cluster around large trees, like dryads making their homes there.

昔からブルーベルは、妖精に関係があると信じられています。見るとその感じがわかります。鮮やかな真っ青で、魔法の花のようです。それに、よく大きい木の下に茂て、木の精霊のようです。

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Whenever I go to a cemetery or any place of natural beauty or spiritual significance, I try to bring with me some sort of offering to the spirits to thank them for letting me visit. Today, I brought an offering of gyokuro green tea and frankincense, and scattered it at the roots of the three largest trees and the bluebells scattered around as an offering both to the spirits of nature and the spirits of the departed that dwell in this place.

私は霊園や自然が豊かなところや聖なるところに行くたびに、精霊に感謝を述べるために何かを備えようとします。今日、玉露と乳香を持ってきて、あの世の精霊への供え物として一番大きい三本の木の下に散らしました。

In addition to the bluebells, pink and white blossom was also falling from the trees, covering the graves with a soft blanket of petals. Both the blossom and the bluebells, especially in the cemetery setting, made me think of the fleeting nature of the gift of life – both the bluebells and the blossom will be gone in a few weeks, and I will miss their beauty. But they will return again next year, reminding us that life is a cycle and does go on, although we must be patient. Until then, it’s best to make the most of nature’s gifts while they are here.

ブルーベルのほかには、木からピンクの花と白い花が落ちて、お墓に綺麗に覆いました。こんな霊園の中でブルーベルと落ちている花を見て、物の哀れを思い浮かびました。何週間後にブルーベルも花も消えて、その美しさを寂しく思い出します。でも、辛抱して待ったら、来年も帰って、命とは輪廻ということだと覚えます。

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  1. Pingback: Another stroll in Gravesend cemetery | Trellia's Mirror Book

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