Little Nadine’s Playhouse

Playhouse tomb of Nadine Earles in Lanett, Alabama. Before Nadine died in late 1933, she told her parents how much she wanted the playhouse her father had been working on as a Christmas gift. After her death, he finished the playhouse and installed it over her grave.

“Little Nadine’s Playhouse”

I’ve decided to reduce my blog posts to once a week, as I’m working on plans for a new online shop centered around my cemetery images. I may precede my shop launch with an e-book, but I’m still in the very early planning stages, so we’ll see.

And now on to this week’s image. A couple of years ago, I met up with my brother in Lanett, Alabama, to look at a rental property he had bought. Right down the street was Oakwood Cemetery, where the unusual tomb above resides.

The tomb contains the grave of Nadine Earles, who died in 1933 at age four. Nadine had contracted diphtheria and then developed pneumonia. Prior to her death, she had been excited about the playhouse her father had begun building for her as a Christmas present. According to legend, while ill she told him, “Daddy, me want it now.” After her death, her father finished the playhouse and installed it over her grave. Inside the playhouse, dolls, teddy bears, a tea set, and a bicycle keep Nadine company.

The legend also says that the inscription on her gravestone inside includes “Me want it now.” However, I photographed it, and I don’t see those words anywhere. (Though with the plethora of dolls covering the stone, it’s possible that it’s simply obscured.)

For a comprehensive look at Little Nadine’s Playhouse, check out the video below, which I found on YouTube. Although it could use some editing, it’s got good views of the inside.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Purple Hydrangeas

Photo of a cluster of purple hydrangeas in bloom.

“Purple Hydrangeas”

Following up from yesterday, another non-native plant in our garden is hydrangea. The color of some hydrangeas depends on the acidity of the soil they’re growing in. Ours range from blue to purple, as our soil is more acid. More alkaline soils will produce pink flowers. White hydrangeas aren’t affected by soil acidity. These perennial garden favorites are native to southern and eastern Asia.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Walking Irises

Photo of several Walking Irises blooming in a garden in Tallahassee, Florida.

“Walking Irises”

Recently, as I walked along the side of our house, I was happy to see our walking irises (Neomarica gracilis) blooming. Although I prefer using native plants in landscaping, these were already here, and they’re so pretty. Each bloom only lasts one day. After the bloom dies, the stalk bends down to the ground and takes root. In this way, the plant seems to “walk” across the landscape. Hence, the name walking iris. Other names for this beautiful plant include fan iris, apostle plant, and poor man’s orchid. Walking iris grows natively in Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America.

© 2015 Karen Joslin

Beach House

Chairs sit in the sand  in front of a beach house.

“Beach House”

For my last photo this week, here’s an idyllic scene of chairs sitting on the sand in front of a beach house. This is from the same trip to St. Teresa beach as in my previous two posts. And, like the last photo, I played with this one in Snapseed.

© 2015 Karen Joslin