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Nov 16, 2011 11:38 AM CST
We are lucky to see so many beautiful things from the past Janet.
The South side of the Cathedral gives on a valley. At thte bottom of the valley there is a river. We can have a walk starting from the right side (first picture). The walk is both open and sheltered. When sheltered we can look through these 'windows'.
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Nov 16, 2011 1:24 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I love old cathedrals on hill tops with a river below, in fact the canal going through Lincoln is a similar thing with the cathedral on the hill top. There''s some wonderful views from there too. It's beautiful around yours, so green too like it is here almost, lots of trees and green spaces.

Nov 16, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Citizens have to fight to keep green spaces Janet. There are lungs of towns, even samll one like this one.
Nov 18, 2011 5:20 PM CST
Details oof the great door of the Cathedral

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Nov 18, 2011 6:10 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Interesting characters C! The first and second look like a queen and king, not sure about the third, it looks like a sleeping man with a long beard! I wonder who the fourth represented. Do you know who the statues are said to be? I went back and read some of the history but didn't find these and if you did mention them I must have missed it.

They look like they are suffering from modern pollution, the Lincoln cathedral undergoes constant cleaning to rid the stone of acidic deposits which can erode the stone. It's a very costly job to keep it maintained, they have taken 'donations' at the door for years now but also have to raise money in other ways.
Nov 19, 2011 1:40 AM CST
This cathedral is listed in the UNESCO patrImony. As you have noticed it needS care all the time. Many beautiful religious buildings are falling apart. Most of the statues have been damaged first during the revolution at the end of the 18th centyry? so many pieces missigng, mostly many heads.
I dont know exactly who they are but will try to find out accurate information that I should put for sure.
Nov 19, 2011 7:50 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I tried to find it on the internet C, couldn't find anything about Sothe but found Bazas cathedral, Sothe would be an old name perhaps?

There is a description of the statues above the main door but not the ones you have posted.

Nov 19, 2011 9:51 AM CST
Great Janet. Thank you. I never saw this link before. That will help me with the vocabulary. You are just fantastic. Thanks for the good time I am having with you.
Nov 20, 2011 3:49 PM CST

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Nov 22, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Very interesting C, we forget what the purpose of these things are and it's good to be reminded. (The link doesn't show the article!)


This keystone tells a story for sure, the main subject is obvious. The figures surrounding I think are angels to carry Jesus to heaven.. more on angels..


A view on angels..


Would that be the crown of thorns around the circumference?


The two symbols either side, to the left looks like a flower? To the right a man's face with hair representing a quarter moon?

I think the answer lies in the darkness which fell at the time of crucifixion, it was time of the Feast of Passover which was held when the moon was full, but a darkness fell as if there was an eclipse of the sun by the moon.


The flower represents a swift passage from life to death.. but also "Many cultures connect flowers with birth, with the return of spring after winter, with life after death" with the belief that Jesus would return to earth.


Wiki article..


So interesting to try to interpret how people's beliefs are depicted in architecture.

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Nov 22, 2011 12:53 PM CST
And you did a great job putting all these links Janet. Thank you. Each of them is very talkative, smple and easy to understand. A great help and a very interesting search. On my side there is many informatio I cannot find but working at it.
Nov 27, 2011 6:20 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I had time to come see what is happening Traveling in the South West of France.
What wonderful new photos and interesting information.

I agree with both of you about the doors with the varnish. The old originals are more beautiful, the newer ones would look better without the varnish.

Nov 27, 2011 7:11 PM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
I wish the Wiki article on Keystones showed up, but it can be found with a google search. Quoting from the article..

Quoting:A keystone is the wedge-shaped stone piece at the apex of a masonry vault or arch, which is the final piece placed during construction and locks all the stones into position, allowing the arch to bear weight.[1] This makes a keystone very important structurally.[2][3] Although a masonry arch or vault cannot be self-supporting until the keystone is placed, the keystone experiences the least stress of any of the voussoirs, due to its position at the apex.[4] Old keystones can decay due to vibration, a condition known as bald arch.

In a rib-vaulted ceiling, keystones may mark the intersections of two or more arched ribs. For aesthetic purposes, the keystone is sometimes larger than the other voussoirs, or embellished with a boss. Mannerist architects of the 16th century often designed arches with enlarged and slightly dropped keystones, as in the "church house" entrance portal at Colditz Castle (see image). Numerous examples are found in the work of Sebastiano Serlio, a 16th century Italian Mannerist architect.

Figurative use

The term is used figuratively to refer to the central supporting element of a larger structure, such as a theory or an organization, without which the whole structure would collapse.[3] Example: Trade is the keystone of modern civilization.

The U.S. state of Pennsylvania is called the "Keystone State" because of its central location and commercial and political importance among the 13 colonies. The notched keystone shape is sometimes used as a logo for the state. From this, the keystone shape became the logo of the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR), the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 28th Infantry Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Little League Baseball (founded in Williamsport), and of Heinz Ketchup (headquartered in Pittsburgh).[citation needed] The PRR's passenger and mixed traffic locomotives had keystone numberplates. The keystone shape is also used on Pennsylvania's state route markers

It struck me as to why the keystone was used for the figure of Jesus, a keystone being a crucial support for the columns yet it is not a basal support, it is a small structure supporting all which is below it. It symbolises the connection between Jesus above and the world below as in one needs the other for strength.

Jan 16, 2012 4:51 AM CST
My favourite walk with orchids growing

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This orchid is HIMANTOGLOSSUM hircinum, the one with a bad smell Lynn.

Jan 16, 2012 4:59 AM CST
Hi JRsbugs
Thank you for adding such informative information Janet. Could not add more pictures with the moody weather. Planning to post back soon and hope all of you coming here is in good health, happy and surrounded by beautiful nature.
Jan 16, 2012 6:27 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Hi C Smiling

'Moody weather' meaning cloudy? We have sun today but it was down to around -8C last night, it's only 2C now but very pleasant! Things are looking up, after having such a mild winter until now it was like the beginning of spring, I don't think this colder weather will affect the garden much but we still have some time to go before spring.
Jan 16, 2012 7:45 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Hurray! Catherine your back.
A bad smelling orchid? What does it smell like?
Janet, we have been having a very mild winter also. But finally Sat. night the temperatures dropped and it started snowing. I won't last though. We will be back into the upper 40's F again the week.

I have bulbs coming up already. This shouldn't be happening until March. Sad
Feb 17, 2012 2:57 PM CST
Hi Lynn
Sorrry for having been away for so long. The orchid is smelling goat. The vernacular name is 'goat orchid' and ths smell is very strong.
Here also bulbs are showing up after a very and unusual cold weather.
Feb 17, 2012 11:44 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Can you get us a close up photo of the orchid bloom, the one that smells bad?

Our winter had been very mild overall. Bulbs are coming up everywhere. Sure hope we don't get a sudden gold spell.
Feb 18, 2012 6:22 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Our winter has been mild too Lynn, except for a few days where we had snow and frost to -15C!! We had an extremely hard winter last year starting in mid December (2010) but I had large flowered crocus open with honey bees visiting on 16th February! Not this year.

Quoting:Sure hope we don't get a sudden gold spell.

Why would anyone not wish for that? Rolling on the floor laughing

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