This is the street where the bus lets me off - should be able to remember the name!!
And here, looking back, is the scene of the crime. Last night while engrossed in the sunset I took the curve to the left but I should have curved to the right!! I've got it sorted now.
I'm happy I was able to zoom in on the "cock" on top of the spire; I would have done better with a tripod but I'm happy with this...I had to find out what the symbolism of the "cock" is and here is what I found...
In the ninth century A.D., the pope reportedly decreed that every church in Europe should show a cock on its dome or steeple, as a reminder of Jesus' prophecy that the cock would not crow the morning after the Last Supper, until the disciple Peter had denounced Him three times (Luke 22:34). Because of this story, "weather cocks" have topped church steeples for centuries, both in Europe and in America.
...and had to touch them...
...because of the stone slabs on the floor engraved with the names of those buried below...
..oh, just a couple more but that's IT!!
I spent over 5 hours at the cathedral - relaxing in the cloisters, enjoying the sunshine and the medieval atmosphere, recording some of the singing and searching for the names of my ancestors - I found many!!
The most common and perhaps obvious interpretation of the Green Man is that of a pagan nature spirit, a symbol of man’s reliance on and union with nature, a symbol of the underlying life-force, and of the renewed cycle of growth each spring. In this respect, it seems likely that he has evolved from older nature deities such as the Celtic Cernunnos and the Greek Pan and Dionysus.
To learn more about Green Men go HERE!
My new friend, Thomas!
...and that was that! I left the cathedral and headed back to high street - I've got some shopping to do!!