As you will see if you read on, the colours in Ely Cathedral seem to have influenced my colour choices for a few Christmas cards I have made.
This one is for ABC Christmas challenge - U is for Under the Pile - something you haven't used that you have had for more than a yearI bought this stamp intending to use it last year but err…mislaid it! I used part of the stamp on this card and I'll show you the others soon!
I used to live in Lincoln up till I moved to the North West to go to College - not so far away from Ely by car but we didn't have a car!!
Our hotel was an old coaching inn and we had a room in what was one of the old stables. It was just along the road from the Cathedral.
First we went to the Information Centre which also happened to have been lived in by Oliver Cromwell
We walked past the old Palace and saw this in the process of being finished.
The building is now used as a sixth form college.
The cathedral site, like many in England started as an abbey - the building was started in 1083 not long after the Norman conquest and has lots of carvings both inside and out
The octagonal tower was added later but decorated in the 1800s
I am not sure whether you will make these out but the lovely figures have no heads.
These caught my eye - as you can see the ones on the top have faded
The ceiling is amazing and there is a mirror on wheels to allow a proper view with straining your neck.
Of course with my love of Eleanor of Aquitaine (she and Henry II visited here) I had to look for signs of original paintings on the walls - alas not many, but enough to please me!
As I grew up in Lincoln I was always fascinated by tales of the building of Lincoln Cathedral so I really enjoyed my visit here too!
Some of the features are very similar, as Lincoln was started in 1088.
We didn't have a cooked breakfast every day but this was one of the days we did! Our drink - a good cup of coffee!
Thanks for looking, Chris