20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Exeter

Before we flew to the UK in October an Exeter homeowner contacted us to ask if we'd housesit while she and her husband holidayed in Tenerife. Because the sit included taking care of two gorgeous Norwegian Forest cats, Buffy and Angel, we quickly agreed. 





Exeter Cathedral is in the very centre and we enjoyed strolling through its Christmas market.


As with so many of these UK churches they require constant maintenance and scaffolding is a common sight.



The carved detailings on the exterior is truly impressive.



Once again we managed to time it perfectly and were treated to the sights and sounds of a school Christmas performance inside the cathedral. 


We chose to keep moving during the service and as a result were serenaded to a beautiful array of Christmas carols while we soaked in the light and airy gothic architecture.









Cathedrals derive their name from the cathedra or bishop's throne. Exeter's was built in 1313-1316. The canopy is the largest in Britain and "one of the greatest achievements in 14th century woodwork in all of Europe".



One feature I've not observed on other cathedra are these paintings at the corners of the base.



One feature I particularly enjoyed was this paper mache life size replica of a boss.


It helps put into perspective how high cathedral ceilings really are as when photographed from the floor these bosses appear to be nothing more than buttons.


Just one final glimpse of the city itself before returning home...



To take care of Buffy...


And Angel...


Thank you Jenna and Graham for the opportunity to take care of your beautiful home as well as spend time with Buffy and Angel. Cheers!

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7 comments:

  1. Exeter is an awesome city. How long were you there for?

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  2. Exeter is an awesome city. How long were you there for?

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  3. The Cathedrals and churches in England truly are amazing. We love wandering though them ourselves and wonder how they could have possibly made something so beautiful back then without all the modern technology that we have today.

    Love Buffy and Angel, they are so sweet!

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    1. Thinking of all the humans who have entered their doors for whatever reason really is inspiring!

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  4. A beautiful city!! I've never heard of a boss - how interesting and yes, they look like buttons on the ceiling! Always learn so much from your travels!

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    1. Traveling offers so many opportunities to learn something new - and makes me realise how little I know!

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