Sister Angel

Those of you who recall the post titled “Sister Angels” know how distressed I was at the vandalism that left one of the angels destroyed.  A few weeks ago, I drove by the cemetery and looked over at the tombstone expecting to see only one intact angel.  To my absolute delight, I saw that the ravaged angel was whole again.  I could hardly believe it.  A bird sat on her wing watching as if he knew and was happy too.

The destroyed sister’s head had been replaced and her wing repaired.  The repairs were incomplete, but she looked wonderful to me.

The grout on her wings would require smoothing and reshaping.

Her neck repair would be smoothed and the excess grout removed when it dried.  Somehow, she looked as if she were patiently waiting to be restored.

She looks perfect to me.

68 Comments on “Sister Angel

  1. You know I found you a long time ago and enjoyed your work enough to add you to my blog roll, but then forgot to add you to my reader… My loss. Glad I checked your link to see if was still valid. Your work is so much fun, and I am glad to know that old cemetery statuary is repairable! Though I would have preferred that it was never in need of repair! Glad you are still here, and you are now officially in my reader. ~Lynda

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    • NoNo! Where on earth have you been? I have been worried about you since the storm. I left a message on your FB page and blog. I’m so happy to see you here! 🙂 I hope all is well with you and your family. Thank you for always supporting my efforts here. I miss you when you are away! Have a wonderful New Year! Peace and happiness! Granny

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    • Thank you for visiting my angels. I’m a couple of months behind in replying. Must be the Mad Cow… I have to visit you too. It’s almost the new year already. Please forgive my tardiness and have a great New Year! 🙂

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    • Well, Cardinal, I’m only two months behind in replying to your nice comment. Please forgive me … must be the Mad Cow…
      I do appreciate your visit. Have a great New Year! 🙂

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    • Madhu. My exotic girl. How could I fail to reply for two months? I am claiming that it’s the Mad Cow… I put off visiting you for when I have lots of time to read and take in the wonderful pictures because you always suggest some idea or some irresistible place for me to research further. The narratives always make it easy for me … since I am not a world traveler and I really am geographically challenged…

      Have a great 2013!

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  2. Yes, she’s a real beauty, George.

    And George, what a lovely surprise for me, your multiple pressing of the like button on my blog. Thank you, so!
    Unfortunately, sometimes my own pressing of the like button merely reloads the page and leaves no trace, as has happened here today. You’ll just have to imagine ‘my’ beady eyeball up there with all the other gravatars.
    Hmmm, then again, knowing how you feel about eyeballs, perhaps you had better not imagine it! 🙂

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    • Ha Ha! NO eyeballs. I wouldn’t recognize you if you changed that eyeball, however, so you’d better leave it, I suppose. I’m desensitized already! Can you believe I’m two months behind here? I’m sure you’ve already forgotten what the heck this post was about. It’s the angel … she got her head back! All is well in the world … well, in the cemetery at least. Thanks for the visit. Have a great New Year. 🙂

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    • Joseph, I’m only two months behind here. It’s the Mad Cow…

      Thanks for your smile of approval!

      Have a great New Year and let me know about it if I ever neglect you so again! 🙂

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    • I’m two months behind here, but I found you. BTW, where are you? I’m getting concerned. I saw the Kitty post recently, but no Lemony Shots post??? I’m looking forward to my Baby Cheeks Christmas photos. I haven’t seen her since last Easter. It always makes me smile to see your face here, Lemony! Have a great New Year! 🙂

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      • Happy New Year to you, too, George! Thanks so much for your note! Hope you’ve been enjoying the holidays! I dreamt I met you in person the other day!!! Baby Cheeks is LOVING all the snow we’re getting. She is a pro sledder now. 🙂 Unstoppable!

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  3. I’m really impressed, and very glad that they repair this statues when someone destroys them, if it had happened here, probably the statue would still be in the same condition.
    Glad to know it’s repaired!

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    • I was really pleased and relieved to see Sister Angel restored too. It made me so sad to see her sitting there defaced in plain view of the street. Thanks for stopping by for the visit. I will see you soon!

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    • Thank you, Nia. I was happy to see Sister Angel restored! I haven’t been by your place much lately. I apologize. I will be there soon. I am having trouble keeping up here! 🙂

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  4. I love cemeteries….they are the cheapest entertainment around. I love to wander and note the dates of birth and death with the short hints on the monument about each person….who they were, who they loved and who loved them. I especially love the really old cemeteries…the ones here in Victoria qualify and you can wander and read in the stones the history of this area. The cemetery down at Indianola is especially fascinating….So many people landed there in poor health and then died. I love this angel. I had an aunt…my mother’s sister…who died in the New London School Explosion. Mother was 18 and Sarah Jane was only 12. She has a little girl angel at her grave. I have loved that angel since I was a child and would go there when I would visit my grandmother in East Texas. Beautiful pictures and a beautiful thought….an angel being repaired. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. The black and white photography is just perfect for these images. Without all the color, I can appreciate the intricate details of the carving and how the angel has worn her time. Beautiful…

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    • Thanks, Lorna. It’s hard for me to convert most images to black and white. I “see” in color, but I know that photographs of marble and cement and statues are more effective in b&w. The sisters monument is my favorite of the tombstones in the old cemeteries here. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

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    • SWB, I’m way late in replying, as usual. I like tombstones too. I haven’t been by your place lately, but I haven’t seen a post either. I have to check up on you. No tellin’ what mischief you’re into now! 😉

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  6. She is lovely with her imperfections! You really captured her serene beauty in the third photo where she almost looks human. I really appreciate the art in cemeteries.

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    • Thanks, Jo Nell. I love the art in cemeteries too. Both of the sisters look almost as if they are real. They are my favorites in all of the areas of the old cemeteries here. They are seated on the Keeran family plot. I don’t know anything about the Keerans, but I am familiar with the ranch name. I am happy that they were able to restore her.

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  7. Something about this post just touched my heart so much!! This angel – in her imperfections now — is so perfect – and whole …and I thank you for sharing your encounter with her ~ a happy ending and a lovely story and photo journey ~Much Love, R

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    • I’m sorry it took me so long to reply to your kind comment about Sister Angel. I felt the same way. I was shocked and deeply distressed when I saw the violent vandalism, and equally excited and happy to see her restored. All is well again. Isn’t that the way of life? Hope you are doing well. I just told The Blissful Adventurer (Michael Housewright) about the shadow photography on your blog. I love it and think it is superb. I’m certain he will too! 🙂

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      • Yes George this Angel is special – and represents a lot about healing and restoration of self in my mind/heart. Thank you. Also thanks for sending Blissful Adventurer (Michael) my way — I’m excited that he shoots shadows too and told me he may be doing one soon! Very flattered that you referred him dear friend! ~ Blessings your way, R

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  8. It’s such an incredibly beautiful monument; it would have been a shame to have left it in such a damaged state. I’m glad you went back so we could all see that the angel is whole again.

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  9. She looks perfect to me too. I love visiting cemeteries, wherever I am in the world.

    I never fail to be amazed how some people can be so disrespectful towards the dead.

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    • Ha! I love it … “whenever I am in the world”. Yeah, me too. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your taking the time to visit and to comment. Yeah, I thought burial grounds were still considered hallowed ground. Guess not.

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