yep, you read that right
we went to salisbury, the place
it wasn't on the itinerary but we went anyway... as the days ran out on us and we treasured each more, the itinerary went out the window and we made it up as we went, from the heart...
the salisbury cathedral has the tallest spire in england, reaching high above the city-scape, gilding this beautiful building that was begun in 1220 a.d.
many beautiful statues of all different sizes adorn the outer walls
and an imposing entryway
the view from the side
salisbury was a highlight of our trip
there's a fabulous fabric/needlework shop there too you know
and we had the very best fish and chips and mushy peas of the whole trip in salisbury
marc enjoyed afternoon tea for two, and proved it can be for one
(minus two very small pieces of delicious cake that i helped myself to!)
when we chose to go to salisbury it was primarily because of it's proximity to several museums of interest... but getting to them without a car proved to be "difficult" and so, in the end, we decided to go to stonehenge...
out on the salisbury plain, on a gentle knoll, stand these stones
it was never on our list to come to them - too touristy, i think, was our feeling - i hate anything that requires jostling with the cast of thousands for my little piece of real estate in order to take in something special
but, we went
when you walk up the path from the visitor centre, the first view is somewhat unimpressive... to be truthful, it was the first time on our trip that i saw something that disappointed... they looked a bit of a jumble, and not really all that big...
they're roped off, so you are kept well back of them - too many daft idiots trying to chip off a souvenir, it seems
but there is a pathway that leads you all around it, with benches here and there, and as we had paid dearly to see it, we began to walk around
we walked along, trying to keep to ourselves, fighting the eternal wind, and every so often, turning our heads to look at the stones
and as we walked, the stones gained in significance and the people disappeared
and the remnants of the ancient circle slowly took shape
with each step, the stones seemed to grow in size
and as we came full circle on the path, so too did the stones and the iconic vista
the crows taunted me, this one especially
he flitted from stone, to stone and would sometimes sit for a while, calling out to us
"na-na, na-na, na, na"
it was easy to ignore them though - easy to ignore everything really, and slide into the wonderment of why, of how, and of whom
and then i was so glad we went... so very, very glad
from there we went to old sarum, the older settlement, high on the hill, over-looking the salisbury of today
old sarum was built 200 years prior, and when the decision was made to build a new cathedral down in the valley, the stone from the old was used... today, only the footings of old sarum remain, laying out the design of a castle and a cathedral that once carried great significance, built by william the conqueror...
it's so hard to find perspective when talking about not just hundreds of years ago, but whole centuries gone by
we just don't have that history here
but there is something so comforting about it, to know that in this world full of doom and gloom and war and squabbling, that life goes on
we're home now, safe and sound
a little jet-lagged but i don't mind so much - for now, it's a tangible reminder i was somewhere
with yard-work, and house-work and work-work all crowding in i know i'll be back to normal in no time
i have many more posts i still want to do about our trip, many more things to tell you - if you aren't too bored with it yet
i want to post more often... the dilemma is, i won't be able to respond to your comments very well
(i know, i know, not like i do now, but i do try!)
so if you don't mind, then i'll give it a go
in the next few days i hope to get around to all of you that have blogs and see what you yourself have been up to these past five weeks, and enjoy reading your stories
and then tell you a few more of my own...