<At the sound of the whip cracking. OT resumes his toiling over the travelogue.....>
Our next base of ops was Harogate, most noted for its mineral baths, but we'll talk about that later. First, along the way we stop at Ripon, to sing an evensong at the cathedral:
<img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/riponcath1.jpg" alt=" - " />
In strolling around the cemetary surrounding the cathedral(and to stretch Altoid's legs), we came across this most eloquent of epitaphs:
<img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/grave2.jpg" alt=" - " />
They don't write 'em like they used to.....
Once inside, this is the nave of the cathedral:
<img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/riponnave.jpg" alt=" - " />
And the east window, above the high altar:
<img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/riponeastwin.jpg" alt=" - " />
One of the quirks the cathedral is known for is its organ case, which doubles as the quire screen. Take a close look at the outside of the small balcony. There is a wooden hand protruding from it.
<img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/riponorgan1.jpg" alt=" - " /> <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/riponhand.jpg" alt=" - " />
The hand is a mechanical director, built by the organist in the 1590's to enable him to lead the choir whilst playing. It used to be flesh colored(which would have made it much easier to spot in the photo), but was refinished in the 19th century, as I recall.
We spent our free time prior to evensong having tea/lunch at a charming outdoor tea shop? room? patio?, and then rehearsed and sang our evensong. The clergy who read the prayers went to some pains to acknowledge us and the San Diego diocese in the prayers(she leaned over and asked me for some facts during one of the readings), but unfortunately was not up to speed as to who the current bishop in the San Diego diocese is, and named the former(granted, only gone ~4 months) bishop instead of the current one. Oh well, I'm sure he could use the prayers too, even if he is gone fishin'.
Next stop: York!
<small>[ 08-10-2005, 08:09 PM: Message edited by: OperaTenor ]</small>