Cowart's Common Room
Evening Stroll

A real end of summer sort of lazy day even if I was busy sorting out labels for a coffin maker. Are the coloured labels we sell meant to indicate, short, medium, tall or do they convey an indication of price? And why are coffins anyway - coffin shaped? Were all medieval (I presume the design is medieval) people broad at the shoulder and narrow at the hip? Answers on a postcard, please. But I have never quite seen the point of coffins - they seem the epitome of wasteful packaging. I have told my dearest and nearest that they should use anything that comes to hand - a sheet, a cardboard box, a laundry basket - and use the money saved to pay for a good lunch for I doubt very much that I shall be around to take notes, still less to act upon them. Unless, that is, they are going to bury me with grave goods for some archeologist to find in years to come. Then there might be some point in a tough and durable container. No, I shall have moved on and be taking harp lessons. And that is another thing - do we all have to play the harp? And how will they teach us? And what will we play?

I do realise that I am probably not dead centre of opinion on matters of coffins and that the coffin makers will no doubt continue to ply a roaring trade for many years to come. What I very much hope though is that though I may (indeed will) kick the bucket I am secretly hoping that parts of me will be allowed a new lease of life. Folk are welcome to help themselves to whichever body parts they feel in need of and medical students can cut up the remainder (although I believe these days no trainee doctor has to dissect a corpse unlike in my day. It was this that put me off a budding career as a Dr Finlay.)

I hadn't intended to write about coffins (or doctors). I had intended to write about the bucolic walk I took this evening along the River Thaw and the animals I saw - but then apart from a few rabbits, a herd of cows, a bored horse and a fast swimming fish I did not see many. And no river is at its best in late summer. Anyway I took its photograph - only a couple of hundred yards from home. the same river that loops around the castle and crashes when in flood through the centre of town. Have a good evening folk. Very HappyVery Happy

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Posted at 24th Aug 2017 - 07:01PM   Posted by Fennie   Evening Stroll Comments: 6

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Aren't most lead coffins rectangular? I can think of a few people would need a pear shaped one. WinkVery Happy
What's left of me after recycling may as well go in a cardboard one as I'd rather be cremated.
On a lighter note I do like your photo of the river. Very Happy

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 24th Aug 2017 at 08:34PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Lovely river, full of trout. I would love to cast a fly on it!
What about a willow or straw coffin?
I am old fashioned enough to want a proper one. I want to be buried in Kirkheaton churchyard. The trouble is that when the coffins finally rot away, a large dip in the ground develops, making grass cutting difficult!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 24th Aug 2017 at 08:56PM

Faith's Avatar Coffins are very depressing......and so is talking about them. But a few years ago I took my grandson, probably aged about 5, to a local 'do' at a senior citizen village. There were the usual stalls and sellers, but one company was promoting the natural burial site nearby, and they had leaflets etc and also a willow-type coffin. My grandson wanted to know what it was so I told him, and he contemplated it for a bit before creeping up and opening the top a crack - 'But where' he asked 'is the dead body?'

An interesting post Fennie. If I was younger I would set up - all you need is a bit of land, and some fridge facilities. I think the price of funerals is scandalous.

By the way, bucolic is one of my most hated words - it certainly doesnt describe your peaceful scene above. It sounds like a word to describe something wrong with your stomach


Posted by: Faith on 24th Aug 2017 at 09:59PM

Fennie's Avatar Not sure if there are many trout in the river, Withy, though we do get sea trout in the river occasionally - we must be about five miles from the sea. What you can't see is that there is a sewage works hidden behind the trees in the right of the picture and this discharges effluent into the river (presumably clean effluent) but it is enough to make you less than keen on any trout that may be lurking. As the local authority is on a mad mission to build even more houses than the Welsh Government itself says we need, the sewage works is in the process of being enlarged. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Aug 2017 at 10:53PM

Fennie's Avatar I agree, Faith, coffins are depressing and it wouldn't have occurred to me had we not received the order from the coffin maker. But almost anything is interesting when you think about it. Do undertakers make a lot of money? I suspect that nothing comes cheap these days. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Aug 2017 at 10:56PM

Fennie's Avatar That is precisely the thing, FN, pre-medieval coffins did seem to be rectangular boxes and often made of lead.

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Aug 2017 at 10:58PM

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