Hello my lovelies and Happy New Year!!
I've returned from my month-long escapade down under, here are some pictures from the Grafton Cemetery under Grafton bridge in downtown Auckland.
It's one of my all time favourite cemeteries, partly due to the mood of the place, it's very peaceful and quiet in spite of the busy road above.
The tombstones date back to 1842 when the ground was first consecrated.
Huge, ancient chestnut trees have pushed up many of the tombstones so that they stand in all different angles, some are entirely shrouded in moss, and others overgrown beyond recognition.
Back in the 1960s there were plans to put a motorway down through the middle of the cemetery, following the valley. Despite huge protests the tombstones were moved further up the hills and the bodies were largely left below, not to the knowledge of the general public.
This street also features my ultimate dream-house, built just on the outskirts of the cemetery, overlooking the valley below.
Not only is it right next to a top-notch graveyard, it's one of the last Victorian era houses of it's kind left in Grafton, and what's more- it's for sale!
It's lovely to go for a stroll under Grafton Bridge so if you find yourself in Auckland be sure to pay a visit, just avoid it after dark...
Click here for a panoramic view of Grafton Cemetery.
|Grafton Dream House...|
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