sleeping beauty

Caroline Christine Walter

Moss creeps through the heavy tresses of her hair. A faint smile plays on Caroline’s lips and autumn has shed intensely coloured leaves on her cold stone.

Caroline Christine Walter is dead, she died of consumption 1867.

A painful death, especially for a young girl, Caroline was only 16 when she passed away, a sad loss for parents and family.

Caroline is gone, dead for nearly 150 years but the love for here remains alive. That is the secret and the mystery that is kept in the old graveyard in Freiburg im Breisgau.

A place, as peaceful and beautiful as a graveyard can be. The rich and the famous have been buried here between 1683 and 1872: countesses, priests, entrepreneurs. The stone masonry is eclectic and is worth a closer look.

Alter Friedhof FreiburgMore like a park it is enclosed by four whitewashed walls that hold the ancient gravestones.

Caroline Christine Walter lies on the eastern wall. A sleeping beauty. They put fresh flowers on her grave when she died in 1867.

Somebody still does.

sleeping beauty

Nobody knows why nearly 150 years after her death fresh flowers keep appearing on her grave. It has never been known not to have flowers.

Who brings them? Who mourns her still?

Nobody knows.

Caroline’s life was all but too short.

Her memory has lived for nearly 150 years.,thanks to the flowers somebody puts on her grave.

Is it a ghost, a family legacy or the magic of undying love? What do you think???

Liked the read? There are more graveyard inspired stories here …

Scotland is a country full of history, stories and secrets. Often, the three cannot be separated. That is what makes this country so wonderful and unique. The stories of this book have been discovered and gathered for Erkenbach’s blog, Graveyards of Scotland, over many years. 

Her main sources were historical travel guides from the 18th and 19th centuries, where the finds were scary, beautiful, funny, and sometimes, cruel.This unusual approach to a country’s history has produced amazing results. You don’t have to share the author’s passion for cemeteries to enjoy this book; only a small number of the stories in this collection take place in graveyards, though they do all end in them, so perhaps it helps.

The fairy hill in Inverness, a nitrate murder on Shetland, a family of left-handers, wolves, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace shown in a new light, the secret bay of the writer Gavin Maxwell, a murdering poet and so many things you didn’t know about Scotland, its clans and its history.

Scotland for Quiet Moments is available as ebook and paperback on Amazon.