An elegant sufficiency

Friday, February 10, 2006

A(nother) Grand Day Out



We decided to act upon my suggestion to rediscover Bristol today, as the weather was fine and sunny and perfect for a day out. Had an interesting time walking around and being a home-based "tourist". Lunch in Wagamama was good too!

After lunch we explored the cathedral and I was particularly taken by how the light struck this small painted motif at the base of an otherwise plain column.

We stood for a while reading the memorials to the great and the good which covered the walls. Many were over sentimental and gushing about the person in question; I wonder what Edward Riley would have thought of this:

Edward Riley Esq

died March 3rd 1828 aged 83

Warm and affectionate in his disposition

Gentle and conciliating in his manners

Religious without bigotry

and

Charitable without ostentation

his every action

during a long life

presented but a continued and uninterrupted series of pure and active benevolence

He was loved and honored in life and in death he is lamented

Filial piety

erects this simple memorial

as a just but humble tribute to the high moral worth of one of the mildest and kindest

of human beings

2 Comments:

  • He sounds too good to be true.

    Glad you enjoyed playing tourist. There are lots of places around here that I should visit again.
    I live oposite the smallest house in Britain and visited it last when I was 14. Must do it again!

    By Blogger MargaretR, at 6:59 pm  

  • Hi Gill, I liked the photo of the sun on the painted leaves - reminds me of a day we went to Bamburgh Castle. Imagine looking up at the HUGE castle perched ontop of the cliff. In the cliff is a memorial and it was Remembrance Sunday so there was a wreath of Red Poppies. The only bit of sun was shinning directly on the wreath. Looked glorious. Helen

    By Blogger Helen Cowans, at 8:15 pm  

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