History is now and England.
--- T.S. Eliot
I had forgotten that it was a visit to Salisbury Cathedral that sparked my interest in T.S. Eliot. Walking there again today I came upon the two memorial plaques bearing quotations from the Four Quartets, and once again I stood, entranced.
"We die with the dying: See, they depart, and we go with them.We are born with the dead: See, they return, and bring us with them. The moment of the rose and the moment of the yew-tree are of equal duration."
|"Mary Magdalene" - Greg Tricker|
After our first circuit, Robin and I had a cup of tea together in the refectory; then he headed over to a nearby military museum while I went back to stand, entranced, some more.
|The view from the refectory|
I visited the Trinity Chapel, which is the oldest chapel in the cathedral; it was dedicated in 1225. Now, it features a modern window dedicated to prisoners of conscience, and the Amnesty Candle burns in one corner.
I took fifty-five photos today, most of them inside the cathedral. That's the kind of day I had.
When Robin came back from the military museum, we walked to the Chapter House to pay a visit to one of the four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta. I wasn't allowed to use my camera there. As we walked back to the car, I took a few shots, including one that I think is my favourite of the day.
Tomorrow will be another family day. I'm looking forward to that.