Saturday, 25 July 2015

In the footsteps of Dr. Foster



On a day that Dr Foster would have related to, we set sail down the M5 to Gloucester.












The Cathedral was our destination,and it was interesting to see the gargoyles in action...
In good weather, we admire the creative carvings, but in wet weather they really come to life!














As it was a very wet day so we did not linger, but hurried inside, where we found a hive of activity














Flower arrangers....




...workmen











Stewards/guides
Others moved strange items around, the purpose of which I cannot even speculate!  
Then there were the organists, choristers, cleaners, sales assistant, catering staff, not forgetting those who were leading worship in different parts of the building.... and of course, the visitors!

Two of the volunteers were managing access to the Whispering Gallery, which the KHT experimented with...  However this photo does not show just how far across the whispering gallery is!
The KHT did a Treasure Trail,  explored parts of the cathedral, and thoroughly approved of the width of the staircases....

...completed a stained glass window in record time...

....and was very taken with the latest Denny windows in the lady chapel...


The need for sustenance finally drove us out of the Cathedral.  We then explored the shops, as the rain continued to make being outdoors unpleasant. The Quay will have to wait for another visit.

We returned home, though rain and spray...
As the traffic on the motorway was very heavy, we decided to leave at J7 and return across country through Inkberrow, only to find the road blocked due to a collision. The roundabout nearest home was the scene of a further accident. No doubt the weather was a contributory factor in both of these incidents.  

There was a marked contrast between the peace and order of the cathedral and the chaos on the roads. It is not just Doctor Foster whose day can go pear shaped.  
There, but for the grace of God....


Gloucester Cathedral








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