After coming across the Cathedrals and Churches of Britain feed a few weeks previously, I was spurred on to finally get across to Norwich and the cathedral that I’d been wanting to see for some time.
I went in on one those crisp, sunny, blue-sky winter days that are surely the perfect weather. The Close was looking like the most perfect Trollope/Elizabeth Goudge/ Catherine Fox literary fantasy, and the yew tree outside the cathedral was a rare corner of shade.
The cloisters – possibly my favourite part of any cathedral, as I tend to make a beeline for them – were beautiful.
I wasn’t expecting Norwich Cathedral to be such an old foundation
(there’s some wonderfully sturdy Norman columns underneath the lacy ceiling)
and the cathedral was still in Christmas mood, looking extremely welcoming in the sunlight.
In the side chapels was a mix of old stained glass (the Agincourt window) and more modern pieces.
I rather liked these two former bishops as well. Those were the days…
Afterwards I set off into the city, which was peppered with more churches, including this one on the main square with an excellent flying roof (so called because of the carved angels on the beams)
one of my favourite Cezanne portraits from the current show at the National Portrait Gallery. I like her resolute pose and the way he’s painted the spoon in the coffee cup.
The Instagram feed of @susan_holloway_scott_author has such lovely paintings on it. I don’t know where she finds them all, but I especially love her ability to run a theme (women having tea; sewing; blue dresses; sisters) across a real variety of pieces. She must have a wonderful visual memory for finding ideas, and her feed really inspires me. Here’s a selection from her “sisters” series.
From top to bottom:
The three daughters of John Julius von Vieth and Gossenau by Anton Graff
Sargent – the Acheson sisters
The sisters – William McGregor Paxton
Bella and Hanna, eldest daughters of M L Nathanson by Cristoffer Eckersberg
My granddaughters – Edmund Charles Tarbell
Sisters – William Gabriel de Glehn
Sargent – the Misses Hill
Love this direct portrait of Felicity Jones by Laura Pannaker, which is in the National Portrait Gallery.
What wonderful lustres. Suite One studios, who I’ve posted a couple of times before and who now sell in Anthropologie.
The whole world is a very narrow bridge; the important thing is not to be afraid.
Rabbi Neckman of Breslov. Keep steady on your feet this coming year.
Perfectly for imagining snow. Image via Christie’s auction house, and I’m afraid this recently sold.
As I say every year, the week between Christmas and New Year is for hibernating and enjoying home.
These pics from @madreonthemove are exactly my kind of rooms.
lithograph by Serebriakoff