All Saints Day (Nov. 1) varies from country to country. Here businesses close and everyone goes to the cemetery and spends much of the day visiting graves, tidying the grave, and placing flowers and candles for the departed. All the Catholic cemeteries, which are much much bigger, are a bus ride away, so I found a smaller, “Evangelical” (historically Lutheran) one only a few walking minutes from our home, and made my flatmates take me there on their way to a bar that night. At first we couldn’t figure out where the entrance was, then we finally got inside and walked around a bit. All of the graves were lite, except the very old historical section. It was very lovely and of course a bit creepy. 🙂
These are large figures perched on the top of a door frame of a very unusual, but very cool building tucked away in Bielsko. I’m not sure whats in the building, other than the Chinese restaurant on the first floor (ground floor for all you Europeans).
So, yesterday the big fruitless mulberry tree in our backyard finally got cut down. I’m pretty bummed about it, because that tree was older than me, and so, a huge part of my childhood… lol, no pun intended. I used to have a swing on it (the round kind on a single rope), which sent me to the ER twice upon breaking. Also, it was the main shade tree in our yard… we have a ton of fruit trees, and a sorta big cherry tree, but none that really shaded our yard (and house) like the mulberry.
Of course, I knew the tree’s days were numbered. My mom had mentioned that it’d be cut down this spring. The roots were really starting to cause a problem, and the branches have always been a problem (as you can see in the pics below, we have power lines in our backyard). In case you don’t know, mulberry trees drop fuzzies in the spring, so my dad wanted to cut it down before it started doing that (they are the fuzzies that never run out – you find them everywhere all summer long, and still some in the winter!)
So here are the before and after shots 😦
All gone. 😦