Wild Stone

12 Jan

Yes, of course. It’s the 12th today. 16 months…..not that we’d planned it to coincide with the date, but we went to look at the stone which the stone carvers have found for Rosie. It’s a piece of slate – a beautiful wild stone. Here it is:

Ro's headstone1

It’ll stay this shape – we  just have to work out what we want on it and how. Do we put Rosie Kilburn? Or her full name – Rosalind Elinor Davidson Kilburn. Should we put one on the front and one on the back?

Do we put full dates of birth and death – or just the years? Words or numbers? Epitaph?

And the font. The font. How on earth are we going to decide that?

Next step is the drawings. I’m hoping the stone will decide for us. Sylv was helping, but quite understandably has decided she doesn’t really want to think about what to put on her dead sister’s headstone.

We went to Lille last weekend. Just the four of us, on the train for Rosie’s 21st. We thought she’d have liked that. Although she’d have hated the place we had a birthday meal at – it had no chicken! She’d have enjoyed Lille though. Really nice place.

Sylv’s choosing GCSE options at the moment. Tricky…..and Cal – Cal is back at Foxes. He has rung us to say he has bought a Valentine’s card but he doesn’t know who for. Oh dear.

Jo xx



9 Responses to “Wild Stone”

  1. Deborah Melliard January 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Looks beautiful. -What would Rosie want? Maybe think what name she used when it really mattered, eg passport? -and also things like any artwork she did for how she liked things laid out?

  2. Michelle January 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

    I so agree with deborah. What would Rosie want? What would she put on there? What name would she want to be known by?
    Love the Welsh slate, great piece of metamorphic stone 😉

  3. celia butler January 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    That is one beautiful piece of slate. I’m sure Rosie would love the idea of a wild stone…
    maybe you could put the more formal details on the back, and the more personal things on the front? And perhaps use ’19 years lived to the full’ as you did for her funeral? And this is really random – but for some reason when you mentioned drawings a dragonfly came into my mind. I have no idea why but am sharing nonetheless.
    Glad you enjoyed Lille (even without chicken).and hope that Sylv and Cal’s big decisions don’t prove too stressful. x

  4. Deborah Melliard January 12, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    Actually, passport is your full name by law; doh! But you get the idea. Also I like the idea of writing on both sides, but will people easily be able to see both sides?

  5. Jeremy January 13, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    That’s a lovely piece of stone and I think you don’t want to overcrowd it so using both sides would be good so long as the back is visible from somewhere. A single line epitaph on the back would be good. Tricky to compose though.

  6. ANDREW Davidson January 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Hi that is a lovely stone.if you look closely can you see what to us looks like a reflection of whoever is taking the photo or is it a marbling effect through the slate??

  7. Sheena January 13, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Yes. It’s a very interesting stone. I can see lots in the stone too. Two side view figures with heads bowed and the head figure you are talking about Andy along with another face/head seemingly pulling a face! Maybe I’m a bit stir crazy…..been inside all day thinking about this challenge. A great idea. Will get me into action to do something with all the ideas in my head that never go anywhere. Not quite sure how the 21will enter into it but will let you know. Good luck to Sylvie in her choices and to Cal. I’m sure he’ll make a great choice and the recipient will be thrilled I’m sure. Valentines day already. How time goes by! X

  8. dawn January 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    HI. Such a beautiful piece of slate and such alot to think about…enough to make your minds boggle I’m sure! Perhaps it may be helpful to experiment by writing what you think you’d like it on a very large sheet of paper or card, the size of the slate if poss. Look at it and see how it feels. That way you can make any changes until you are satisfied it’s what you want. Sounds a bit ‘Blue Peter’ ish I know but it may help! Give it time and it’l come.
    All the best to Sylvie in her choices…tricky indeed but there are never wrong choices, just different ones. All the best to Cal too in choosing the eventual lucky recipient of the card! My he does like to be early prepared! x

    • Julia January 15, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      I used to have a roll of paper for brass rubbing. Can’t remember whether it was black or dark slate grey but it didn’t tear so would be good for this! Would’ve been about 3 feet wide so plenty big enough.

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