SAMI'S COLOURFULWORLD

Friday, 4 March 2016

Around Perth with my Parents - Kangaroos and Sunsets

On this day we were en route to have lunch with a friend who lives in the northern suburbs we stopped at the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, a cemetery just 22km north of Perth's city centre. Even though it's located a stone's throw from a main freeway, it's such a quiet and restful place and certainly doesn't look like a normal cemetery.

The natural bushland park has ponds and lawns and the kangaroos and other wild life are at home there among the flat bronze plaques. No headstones are permitted here, and the deceased are commemorated with plaques along the walls of the ponds or under trees all over the park.
There's a chapel for burial services and a Cafe as well.

I think this type of cemetery certainly doesn't shock the senses as normal cemeteries, and in such a relaxed atmosphere it's no wonder that this park is also used by joggers and people walking their dogs.


Being Christmas time there was a Christmas tree balloon floating from a bunch of flowers
The bronze plaques along the walls bordering the pond
You can see the extension of the park here
 Driving around we spotted a few groups of kangaroos, here a joey was trying to hide in Mom's pouch. I wonder if he still fits in there? 


This bunch was busy eating flower petals. The cemetery prefers that people don't use fresh flowers, only plastic ones, as the kangaroos tend to eat fresh flowers.

Even though they were being naughty by eating fresh petal leaves, they are so cute...
After the lovely lunch and just before returning home we headed to the beach to see the sunset. A wonderful spectacle that I never tire of!



 

Going down, down, and gone...



12 comments:

  1. Um parque muito bonito e sereno, Sami.
    E o cemitério muito bem integrado no espaço.

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    1. Obrigada Sandra. Bom fim de semana.

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  2. Dearest Sami,
    That is a beautiful and tranquil place as a memorial park and indeed environmentally friendly.
    One thing puzzles me, how can those actual graves be in such tight spaces where each bronze plaque is? First I thought this is a way for putting a plaque for the person whose ashes have been set by.
    Love the kangaroos and so happy your Parents got to see them!
    My Parents will never get to see any... only my Dad's brother who lives in Broken Hill knows about them... and both of us from our work in Australia.
    Sending you hugs for a happy March weekend.
    Mariette

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    1. It's just for cremations Mariette, in fact I think the majority of funerals are cremations, not burials. We're having a long weekend, Monday is a public holiday...have a lovely weekend too.

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  3. This might sound like a contradiction but what a lovely cemetery! I always found portuguese cemeteries too depressing and sad. The one you show here looks so peaceful, green and pleasant, perfect to sooth the pain of those who visit someone there. The kangaroos are adorable!

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    1. I agree Sara, so much nicer to have a green area with wildlife as well, more pleasant than the traditional cemeteries.

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  4. That is a very special cemetery. The kangaroos made me smile with their flower diners. How should they know it is forbidden to eat them!

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    1. Yes, the kangaroos are so cute happily eating the flowers.

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  5. That sure is a wonderful cemetery! Ahhh and the sunsets, beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Iris. I love to watch sunsets!

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  6. Oh you were so close Sami :) Pinnaroo is lovely, this is where my Mum and Dad are so Aimee and I visit and Aimee does her jogging here. You caught the sunsets beautifully here!

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    1. It's a lovely place to be buried. Thanks Grace.

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