Friday, October 2, 2015

Salisbury Cathedral

Hello, Dear Ones and here we go on another little trip down the road from Stonehenge - Salisbury to the Cathedral!
Here is the beautiful Salisbury Cathedral and some facts:

England is endowed with countless stunning churches, but few can hold a candle to the grandeur and sheer spectacle of 13th-century Salisbury Cathedral. This early English Gothic–style structure has an elaborate exterior decorated with pointed arches and flying buttresses, and a sombre, austere interior designed to keep its congregation suitably pious. Its statuary and tombs are outstanding; don’t miss the daily tower tours and the Cathedral’s original, 13th-century copy of the Magna Carta. It's best experienced on a Tower Tour .
The cathedral was built between 1220 and 1258. The Cathedral holds a fascinating medieval clock dating from 1386, probably the oldest working timepiece in the world. Salisbury's 123m crowning glory, its spire , was added in the mid-14th century, and is the tallest in Britain. It represented an enormous technical challenge for its medieval builders; it weighs around 6500 tons and required an elaborate system of cross-bracing, scissor arches and supporting buttresses to keep it upright. 

Not only did we see the magnificent Cathedral but The Magna Flora Festival was going on! This is a  flower festival commemorating 800 years since the Magna Carta was signed was being held at Salisbury Cathedral which features more than 30,000 blooms prepared by about 500 flower arrangers, including many from the local diocese.
We were greeted with some beautiful floral displays as we entered the Cathedral.
Let's just walk around and let the flowers do the talking.
These were just a few displays and you can't imagine the sweet smells and the beauty we got to enjoy.
Let's look around the Cathedral a bit.
There were quite a few medieval tombs inside of the Cathedral. How would you like to be entombed like this? It's a bit eerie to me!
This one was very unlike the others. First of all, they were so colorful and was a man and wife. I didn't get really close but I do believe the eyes are open! Moving right along... :0
We left the main part of the Cathedral and walked under a beautiful covered walkway to see this...
The Chapter House displays what many consider to be the best preserved of the four surviving original copies of The Magna Carta. Its story and legacy have fundamental implications for truth and justice today.We attended a lecture about the Magna Carta on the Queen Mary 2 and this made us want to see this Cathedral.
The Charter House was a very lovely place with these beautiful stained glassed windows and columns. The Magna Carta was inside a little tent in the center and folks were lined up to see it.
My face is terribly red right now as I am so embarrassed. But I must tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you little stories. Okay...
Magna Carta Chapter House Salisbury Cathedral - photo Zoe
This is not my snap but I wanted to show you where the Magna Carta was. source
Okie dokie. We were excited and I was snapping pictures of the beautiful room, the windows and architecture and then it was our turn to go inside the tent and see one of the original copies. Mr. Precious went in first and I followed. I snapped a couple of pictures and walked out the other side of the tent. When I walked out I was met by an elderly gentleman who told me I was not supposed to take a picture. I was still so excited and explained to him I had my flash off. He said in a very stern voice and you should have seen his face, "I don't care what you did, you were not supposed to take a photograph of it! There are signs as you enter the tent saying no photos!" I felt terrible! I told him I really hadn't seen the signs and was so so sorry. He glared at me. I just couldn't believe I hadn't seen a sign! So I walked around to the first opening of the tent and sure 'nuf, there was the sign NO PHOTOS! Oh, my Lord! I just about melted into the lovely tiled floor. The gentleman wasn't looking at me any more and I grabbed Mr. Precious' hand and we got out of there as quickly as we could.
I  don't know if I should really show this to you or not but because I love you, I will.
Here it is, my bootlegged snap of the Magna Carta. Y'all, I'm still so ashamed of what I did. I didn't do it on purpose and really would not have snapped had I seen the sign - but I didn't see it. Do you think any one else has ever done this? To my shame, I'll bet they have. Okay, let's get out of here!
Aw...fresh air! Here we are on the other side of the Cathedral.
I was walking as fast as my little arthritic knees would take me expecting a Bobby to grab my arm at any minute. But it didn't happen. Hallelujah!
Little children were celebrating my escape by dancing and singing and...
Dogs were happy and wagging their tails! Whew! That was close.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I've Gotta Get A Message To You

 I've Gotta Get a Message to You
The preacher talked to me and he smiled,
Said, "Come and walk with me, come and walk one more mile.
Now for once in your life you're alone,
But you ain't got a dime,
There's no time for the phone."
I've just got to get a message to you,
Hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through,
Hold on, hold on.
I told him I'm in no hurry,
But if I broke her heart,
Won't you tell her I'm sorry.
And for once in my life I'm alone,
And I've got to let her know just in time before I go.
I've just got to get a message to you,
Hold on, hold on.
One more hour and my life will be through,
Hold on, hold on.
Well I laughed but that didn't hurt,
And it's only her love that keeps me wearing this dirt.
Now I'm crying but deep down inside,
Well I did it to him, now it's my turn to die.
~ sung by The Bee Gees