We are always on the lookout for anything to do with stained glass, especially vintage lamp bases, and also for furniture. Though we saw all sorts of things, neither of us found anything we wanted to buy, which was rather amazing. We tend to divide and conquer in these stores; luckily we have our cellphones so we can locate each other, sort of like a modern day 'trail of breadcrumbs in the forest' idea.
Cruising antique stores is one passion, the other is photographing statuary and stained glass mausoleum windows in graveyards. (I know, it may sound like an odd past-time, but there is so much beauty to be found in many of them, from the elaborate stonework to the statuary carvings and stained glass.) We stopped at several cemeteries on our way home and Joel took some pictures near sunset.
Chapel on cemetery grounds.
You'll have to bear in mind, these pictures are taken through the glass doors of a mausoleum so the quality isn't 100%, but the setting sun helped to illuminate many of them very well.
|Me, peeking through the door|
|Lovely gate and stonework|
But even having gates or bronze bars doesn't stop vandals----many mausoleums have their windows and doors barred up or closed up with plywood or cement. I'm sure there was a window installed here years ago.
|This dog statue was next to the family plot; he must have been a much-loved family pet.|
|What many of them look like from the outside|
|The marble frame has fallen down, but at least the window is intact.|
|Some windows have been replaced.|
My thanks to Joel for taking his 'antique' maternal unit out for the day, another lovely memory to cherish.