Today we took a trip out to Elyto see the cathedral and to call on NB Seyella to say goodbye properly as it was so rushed that last morning at Wisbech as we were like refugees on the pontoon as all our friends went off.....
|6am and feeling glum at having to leave the Jolly Band|
|You can see how far down the tide is|
|Unflappable Derek as always|
|Dearest Group Captain, if you see him on the Middle Levels give him a kiss from me.|
Here is one more last shot of the water flow, or rather the speed of it at Wisbech that didn't help my general relaxation that night.
|Believe me it looked far worse in real time....|
So our day at Ely was joyous, we walked along the river there, had coffee sat in the sun Reader, now that was a first!!!
Then through the city towards the cathedral. We left Joe outside with the two "Lovely Boys", actually Joe is also a lovely boy, and we three went into the Cathedral. Its old alright, read HERE for the gen on it but we are looking at in the region of 900 years old. The Victorians have played a bit fast and loose with it, but they did install this piece of total treasure
|A painted ceiling, back when constructed the interiors would have been highly painted and decorated all lost in The Reformation.|
|How beautiful is this?|
I am sorry that picture is on its side, its straight upright in my photos, but I will get some advice on this business but look at it and see the centre tower, its below too from the outside, the previous centre fell down in the 1300's and so work was begun to rebuilt it, four pillars were replaced by eight and the very top is all wood framed built onto the eight pillars. David and I climbed up to see it.
|So we went up there....|
|So the frame is all english oak, 70ft trunks so this means that to allow for growing these beams are 1300 years old!!!!!|
|Fantastic panels all Victorian, a wee bit Pre-Raphealite which I LOVE, the panels open for better viewing of them and looking down......gulp|
|Tiny door to get through and even tinier staircase down.|
|Uninterrupted view for miles and miles|
|David and Lesley, Ely very different in style from Lincoln so both need visiting clearly.|
We found Geoff and Margaret from NB Seyella HERE and departed with some of Group Captain's Butterfly Fairy Cakes, thank you Geoff.