Even for us sceptics and atheists Sunday is a quiet day that seems to welcome ritual. The rituals of me walking and Sarah going to the allotment have taken up many Sundays in recent years. But sometimes our rituals are enacted together. Today’s took place in 3 Acts: At Ness; by the Shining Shore; and in Liverpool Cathedral.
What we hadn’t bargained for was that in the shop and café area you go through to get into the gardens a ‘Wedding Fayre’ was taking place. This did not of course detain us, other than to pause for a couple of minutes to listen to a string quartet playing in the corner.
Out in the Gardens were more snowdrops than I’ve ever seen in one place. And we stopped to have our lunch on a bench overlooking a field of fully grown ‘Robin Hood’ snowdrops we saw just emerging, a few weeks ago in the snow.Sarah rekons some of the snowdrops are showing signs of ‘going over’ now. So if you want to see them this year it’ll need to be soon.
And by the time we got to Parkgate, down on the Dee Estuary, it was nearly ready to set.
Driving home through Liverpool Sarah felt the need of ‘a bit of cathedralness.’ Over the years we’ve both come to Liverpool Cathedral often for the peace and reflection it always brings us.
As you may know from elsewhere on here Sarah is an independent funeral celebrant, and tomorrow, Monday, she’s carrying out a funeral ceremony for a family in Anfield Crematorium. So she wanted some quiet time to prepare.
Beautifully carved into the wall of the Cathedral, this is for David Sheppard and his wife Grace. He was the Bishop of Liverpool from 1975 to 1997. A wonderful caring man, who loved the city like his own, and was loved back. I met him only once, but consider it amongst the privileges of my life.In their later years David and Grace lived in West Kirby, on the Shining Shore.
One of the many wonderful things about this Cathedral is the credit it constantly gives to the people who created it. They are remembered magnificently in the stained glass. But also in little displays here and there of their tools and of them working. On the left of this photograph we see E.G. Hughes (no relation as far as I know) building the Cathedral.