I needed a break from emotional visits and searching.. and I thought a visit to the city, a look at the christmas shop windows and decorations would help me some.
Arriving mid morning, we found a car park and surprisingly this was one where you paid after you left.. instead of the usual ridiculous pay and display that is so common here.. we had an armful of packages and postcards to send home so our first stop was the post office [after a cup of tea, of course!]
then we went to the Cathedral for a visit.
The Mother Church of Cornwall.
The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
[this is an Anglican church.. with candles.. not common at home especially in an Anglican church and becoming less common in a Catholic church.. sad.. something to do with insurance.. and those ridiculous push button electric candles just do not do it for me, nor do they have the sacred feel that real candles do.. but that is modern day spirituality. a big loss in my opinion]
this one - the Sorrowful Mother... really shows the sadness of Mary on the death of her son... something that most mothers feel in their heart at times.. and I for one, find solace in Mary at times of sadness regarding my own children.. carved by monks in the 14th century. the detail of the tears on Mary's face is exquisite.
the cathedral is full of beauty.
our tour over, we went outside to have a look at some shops and then lunch. Not being that hungry, we found a little tea shop and ordered a cup of tea and a sandwich. I felt like a little old lady, having that cup of tea, in the city with christmas gifts to buy. all that was missing was my hat and gloves!!
we bought some pasties for dinner and then headed off home.. tonight, an easy dinner and watching a Christmas movie.