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


  1. Haha. That happened to me once with my old 35 mm camera but I didn't get caught. I was loading film (yes, it was that long ago) into the camera in a church at a historic site and I did see the sign "No Photos Allowed" before I entered but, when you load a film into a camera you take the first photo to 'wind' it through and I did just that. I took a photo of the lovely church. I hope I didn't scare any ghosts! LOL I enjoyed the photos of this beautiful cathedral and the flowers to celebrate the Magna Carta. I'm glad you weren't arrested. I guess the light of a flash would damage the 'copy' so they have to have these rules so you were safe. Have a great weekend Shelia.

  2. This trip was a once in a lifetime experience I'll bet! Thank you for letting us share your England adventure Shelia....just so enjoyed it all!

  3. I have been truly enjoying your lovely trip with you, Shelia! It is bringing back so many fond memories of our Rhine River Cruise earlier in the Spring. Of course, we were in different countries, but still so much history, castles and cathedrals. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time!

  4. Whew! That was a close one! Sometimes you don't see the signs, honest mistake. A stunning cathedral! Kathleen in Az

  5. You naughty little rebel! My husband did the same thing at the Vatican when he went within the roped off section to take a photo of the late Pope's tomb. Security was on him like white on rice! Glad you made a quick get-away!
    What an absolutely gorgeous church!

  6. Oh Shelia! I can just imagine you running out as fast as you could while trying not to appear that you were running!! I am sure that we have all done such things in our lives in total innocence! Don't worry yourself about it, no harm done I am sure. I don't even know why it is in that tent thing now, because it never used to be!! Glad that you got to see it and the Cathedral though, isn't it magnificent! xx

  7. Wow, Shelia, I am awed. The cathedral is beautiful and I loved all the information.

    Be blessed.

    Barb ♥

  8. Shelia, thank you for taking me here! The cathedral is gorgeous! The Magna Carta--one of the most important documents that helped our own Declaration of Independence form---Amazing. I bet you learned about that on the QM2! Your photos are great of a beautiful part of English history! ♥

  9. Oh, Shelia, how beautiful, such beauty. What a great vacation and seeing so many lovely sights. That church is simply stunning. Enjoy your time in England.

  10. Wow Shelia, what an amazing trip you took to visit England. I am so enjoying your photos and learning about the different places you are visiting. What a beautiful cathedral.
    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  11. There is so much to love in this post! The flowers are stunning. I thought first I would say the cathedral was stunning but when you see those flowers -- well, all bets are off. Really unique arrangements, too -- I loved the one that seemed to hang from a kite! Your timing was perfect!

    Don't feel bad about the snap. You didn't know and if he was really intense he could have made you delete it in front of him. I understand why no flash but I really do NOT understand why no photos -- except then you wouldn't buy the souvenir postcard! If it makes you feel better, I got busted TWICE in Musee d'Orsay. I didn't see the sign either (and the first time I visited several years ago, you COULD take photos). Busted by the same guy. (After that I was very careful!) Ironically, the second time he caught me I was taking a photo of Rick dozing off on a bench -- definitely NOT a work of art!

  12. Hi Shelia, Don't feel bad about snapping pics when you didn't know about the sign. It happens. In fact, when we were on a tour at the Grand Ole Opry several years ago, I sat down at the grand piano on stage and started to play. OMG~ someone came over after a few stanzas and told me I could not play. I did not see any signs either and after looking, still did not see signs. Oh well, I still can say I was on stage at the piano. Even if I got yelled at!!! LOL

    Love your pictures and the tour of such a beautiful cathedral. The flowers are just stunning. I am so enjoying your trip. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great weekend. Hugs, cm

  13. Shelia, what a wonderful experience! I know we have all taken pics where we shouldn't. I think in the day of cell phones everywhere it's hard to say no photos and make it stick and it was by accident for you. :)

  14. Thank you for giving me a virtual tour of this magnificent cathedral!!! The flower displays are simply too beautiful!!! So much history in one place!!! I'm in awe!

  15. I am so loving your travel posts ~~ you are touring the same cities and tourist destination spots I did in the late 80s! Living vicariously now .. through you.

  16. Oh what a fantastic place to visit! The flowers you captured were beautiful! I can just imagine me being the person to take a picture when I'm not supposed to but it seems like if they really are worried about people taking pictures they'd have someone posted at the entrance of the tent to make sure each person is reminded. Glad you escaped! :-)

  17. Yep...lots of do and dont's. Don't fret too much. Surely they would have sympathy on a colonist. Ha!
    I love Salisbury Cathedral. And the windows! Sheila

  18. I was laughing at your story:) Too funn! That cathedral is the most magnificent thing I have ever seen!!! And the floral displays were too!!!

  19. Wasn't Salisbury Cathedral fantastic! We visited there in March. How fun to be there during the floral festival!

  20. Just magnificent, wish I could see it in person someday!


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