Some people have life-lists of the birds they have seen. Some people have collections of autographs of rock stars or artists. A fair number of people pay a ton of money for signed baseballs; signed by Ted Williams, Goose Gossage or Ron Guidry.
That’s great. Many of these things can be framed and mounted on the wall of the hallway or the study in their home. Signed baseballs can be kept in glass boxes on an office desk of an attorney who is handling your divorce or settling your estate.
But some lists need special attention.
My particular list is visiting all the English Cathedrals that I can manage. I’ve not completed a “to do” a list yet, but I can add two for this trip.
A word about the “to do” list. This post is not about things. It’s about memories, faith, beauty of architecture, hope and thought. I’m not visiting these Cathedrals just to tick them from my list. I’m not visiting and photographing and saying…”I’ve been there and done that.”
No, I wanted to study the Gothic and Norman architecture of each place. Who is buried where? What Baron or Lord or Lady is buried against this wall? What Vicar is buried under our feet in the nave?
What farmer or mason worker lay beneath the grass outside, on the lawn, under the green grass…not invited into the floor or walls of the Cathedral?
But time was not on our side. Nor were many rules.
“NO PICTURES IN DURHAM CATHEDRAL”
So I discovered that I would be near Lichfield Cathedral. I knew this one was a winner from what little research I did before the trip. We went in and the size and structure of the nave and alters took your breath away.
[The effigies of an older daughter and young son. William and Mary]
[The Nave of Lichfield Cathedral]
These are places that do not belong on an “to do list”
Places like this, of beauty and peace and contemplation can’t be kept in a photo file, only in your heart.
[All photos are mine]
[Note: I will post a video with organ music of the the time we spent in Litchfield when the opportunity arrives.]