Out of season

April 25, 2011

We spent the Easter weekend house-sitting for my parents who went to visit my sister in Scotland. Since my parents’ house comes with a huge garden and I brought along my camera, I figured the weekend would result in another post full of photos showing springtime flowers, blooms and blossoms – usually, around Easter, the garden is full of tulips and narcissuses. What with Easter being particularly late this year, however, most of the flowers are already withered and look like this*:

So, basically, all I have to offer is the ubiquitous dandelion …

… and a patch of some pretty purple-ish flowers, the name of which escapes my botanical knowledge (feel free to chime in and help out if you happen to know what they’re called) …

Usually, there’d also be some Easter decorations around the house and the garden, but since my mum knew she wasn’t going to be home she didn’t put up any of them this year. Well, I guess it’s a good thing then, she never bothered to put away all of her Christmas decorations …

* Though, of course, not all of them come with a spider…

If you asked me which was my favourite season, I’d most likely answer “Autumn”. Right now, however, I have to say that I really enjoy spring and the fine warm weather it has brought us. What makes it even more enjoyable is the fact that I stocked up on camera equipment earlier this year and am now able to take shots like these:

Ironically, here in Vienna, the best place to enjoy this season where everything blooms and blossoms and nature comes to life again is a graveyard, namely St. Marx Cemetery:*

St. Marx Cemetery was only used from 1784 to 1874 and today it’s basically a park, though, of course, a park with loads of old tombstones in it. It’s famous for two things, firstly for being the last resting place of one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and, secondly, for being covered by a sea of lilac blossoms at a certain time of the year. Or more precisely, this time of the year…

The Ravellers among you, at least those with outstanding memory, will actually find this sight vaguely familiar: Almost exactly a year ago, with the lilacs in bloom just like now, we used St. Marx Cemetery as the background for the pictures of [m]’s Dry Grass And Shadows cowl. Come to think of it, we also photographed [m]’s Featherweight Cardigan there, back in June 2009.

Oh, and speaking of textiles: St. Marx Cemetery also holds the grave of Josef Madersperger (1768-1850), one of the inventors of the sewing machine.┬áSo, you see, there’s not just the lilac…

… but a lot of other nice and interesting things to see there, too.

There’s daisies and dandelions…

… there’s overgrown paths that look like something Edward Burne-Jones might have painted…

… there’s fine old tomb stones and monuments…

… and, occasionally, you might even stumble upon some rather antique-looking gardener’s equipment …

* That’s “Marx” as in “St. Mark’s” spelled badly and has nothing to do with the author of Das Kapital.