I saw another photo theme last week at Sandra Conner’s blog. It’s a Thursday challenge, but I’m sure I can sneak in a day late, and she won’t complain. It’s really easy challenge, simply titled, “Thursday’s windows,” so I thought I’d have a go at it. Looking out of my window today, all I can see is grey sea and sky with a generous amount of rain, so I’m staying put.
Last year whilst in England, visiting my mom-in-law, who will turn 100 next year, we took her and my sister-in-law, to the 11th century Chichester Cathedral. I put this next photo in, just to show you what a 99-year old looks like. 🙂
This beautiful cathedral has both Norman and Gothic architecture and has been called “the most typical English Cathedral”.
It has a really majestic free-standing medieval bell tower
The inside architecture has such beauty and grace.
The choir was practising the music for Evensong, and it was just heavenly to sit and listen. Those young boys’ pure, clear voices, transported me to another world.
Now I’ll get to the windows for the challenge.
Here are the ones which most enthralled me. I’m a real sucker for old stained glass windows. Craftsmen of the Middle Ages raised the practice of creating stained glass windows to a high art in the era of Gothic cathedral building, and developed techniques still used today.
Of course, I’ve saved the best for last.
I hope you enjoyed my visit to this wonderful cathedral. Have a great, relaxing weekend, doing only what you feel like.
Gorgeous stained glass windows and your 99 year old looks fabulous! 😉
Thanks, Elizabeth. We’ll be seeing my MiL on Tuesday. 🙂
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It’s sucha pleasure to visit your blog and see the many wonderul photos that your take. I always feel like I’ve been traveling afterwards. You have the photo’s I love to take – churches and stained glass windows. Beautiful ….
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Izzy. 🙂
Aren’t they splendid, nia? 🙂
Beautiful cathedral, great shots! 🙂
It is really beautiful, ioanna. Thanks. 🙂
I simply love it! Even if it’s only through photos, it really feels like you’re taking us to amazing places! And also, your in laws are looking fabulous! 🙂
Thanks, Aian. I’m happy you enjoyed the visit. 🙂
Thank you for showing us Chichester Cathedral 🙂 What a wonderful post with some great photos in it 🙂 This is a nice wish AD, wish you a fun weekend too.
Thanks so much. Paula. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. 🙂
Beautiful stained glass windows!! It’s so hard to photograph them and you did a wonderful job. Your mother-in-law looks great for 99!! I love Evensong in British cathedrals. It’s so moving… 🙂
Thanks so much, Cathy. Hubby took these photos. My mom-in-law is an absolute marvel. Looking forward to seeing her again next week Wednesday. 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful visit with her. Kudos to your hubby for those pictures!
Spectacular and grand windows. Inspiring images of faith.
Thank you. Those beautiful windows are inspiring indeed. 🙂
Wow 100 years old!!!
Next August, God willing. 🙂 She is a family treasure.
Yes indeed! My grandfather lived until 96 and just passed away in the spring. He was an amazing man. Yet his last few years were tough on him and the family. His quality of life was really going downhill.
My MiL is as fit as a fiddle and her mind is also very sharp. I was just chatting to her on Skype. 🙂
I grew up in Chester, which also has a beautiful cathedral. (Never been to Chichester) I was once ‘asked to leave’ by a vicar because I had walked in eating an ice lolly. I was 12/13, I think? 🙂
Your photos are wonderful.
Thanks, Ark. So, you got thrown out of church at an early age? That explains a lot. 😆
Ouch! In those days I wouldn;t have been able to even spell atheist, I merely felt a bit embarrassed that’s all. Besides, as a member of the Boy Scouts( yes, ’tis hard to believe, I know) we went to the cathedral on a fairly regular basis as part of the Scout Band, I played a cornet !
I bet you cut a fine figure in your boy scout kit. The cornet must have added the finishing touch. 🙂
Gorgeous cathedral and beautiful pics AD…x
Thanks, cocoa. So nice to see you again. 🙂
These photos are gorgeous. I love stained glass. And the architecture? Just amazing.
And 100? God bless! She’s stunning (as are all of you ;-).)
Thanks so much, Gemma. I really love those old English churches, and my dear old MiL as well. 🙂
How beautiful it is.
A really lovely old building, Tilly. 🙂
What a beautiful woman your MiL is! How wonderful – it gives us all hope that we can look that good and live that long 🙂
The pictures are fantastic. I love stained glass windows 😀
Thanks so much, Dianne. Yes MiL is a very attractive woman. I think it’s her smile that draws you in. 🙂
Hi Ad, Fantastic photos. The windows look amazing.
Regards Florence x
Thanks so much, Florence. 😉
Woooow!! My dear friend, Love them, love them, love them!!
There are amaizing pictures, thanks a lot for shareing as always!! 😀
Have a great DAY!! 😉
Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed them. Have a great weekend. 🙂
It is amasing that all those hundreds of years ago they were able to build such enormous and beautiful structures with just manual labour and little or no technology 😉
So true, Chris. It makes you think that they were smarter and much harder working than the artisans of today.
Thanks so much, Yisha. 🙂
Beautiful… beautiful… beautiful… thanks for sharing, I’m talking about your Mother-in-law of naturally… the photos of the buildings just as beautiful….
I have an Aunt, who turns 102 in December… mind like a computer… when we phone, she remembers all the kids names, their children’s names, where they all stay …etc… I have trouble remembering my own name sometimes… she is brilliantly wide awake…
Thanks so much, bdt. Your aunt sounds like my MiL. I admire her so much. She’s as bright as a button and on no medication, except for eye drops. She is an absolute fiend on the Scrabble board, and has a memory like an elephant.
Looks like some really good genes on your hubby’s side of the family….
The windows are truly amazing. Great post once again!
Thanks, Gunta. Yes, I really need to keep myself fit, to keep up with hubby and my MiL. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the windows. Happy weekend to you.
Thanks so much, Sayvan. Have a great weekend 🙂
Stunning pictures of chichester…was there at easter time…There was a Bishop being ordained or something along those lines so most of the area was cordoned off!!
Thanks, Lisa. You really get around. 🙂 It’s a beautiful cathedral. Back luck about the cordon.
Amazing shoot @Adin 😛 wow!
Thanks so much. 🙂
I did enjoy the visit, and feel like I am high in the mountains right now. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Thanks so much, Sandy. A mountain top experience can only be good. 🙂
Your MIL 100 years old next year, NOooo… Love her beautiful smile.
The last one was the best, amazing!
Thanks, Amy. She’s a treasure. 🙂
Are you sure your MiL is turning 100? It sure doesn’t look like it! The stained glass windows are really beautiful
Would I lie to you, TA? 🙂 Glad you like the windows. They are so beautiful.
Waow .., glass paintings and the old building was really good. 🙂
Thank you. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂
I am sucker for stained glass too! Those are absolutely breath-taking!! And your mom-in-law is as cute as a button. 🙂
Thanks so much, Angelia. She is very cute, and extremely fit too. 🙂
Your windows have come out beautifully, and often I find they are hard to capture with the light behind them. Lovely 🙂
Thanks, Marianne. I was very pleased with the result. 🙂
Terrific and i have almost the same photos from a visit in May. I hope your M in L loved it, she is beautiful 🙂
Thanks, Gilly. We’re going to see her again in a couple of week, and will take her to see more interesting places. 🙂
Beautiful, ad. And I loved seeing what a 99 year old looks like! Great post.
Thanks so much, Naomi. I hope I look as good at 99. 🙂
I hope I look as good at 75!
Well, that too. 🙂
I’d love to fix my dad up with your mom-in-law but he’s only 90! Probably too young for her.
Thanks for the offer, Paul, but I don’t think she’d approve of a ‘toy boy’. 🙂
I’m always anew , processes freshness of your posts . I love to read your thoughts. thank you for sharing with us!
With love maxima
Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Stefan. 🙂
Those stained glass windows are amazing 🙂
Aren’t they just, Tandy? I just can’t imagine how much work went into making them. 🙂
That Cathedral is amazing! thanks for the super photos!
You’re welcome. Phil. Glad you enjoyed 🙂
Alls I can say is WOW!!! I’m amazed at those sites (and I too am impressed with your Mother-In-Law)! Hope you have an awesome weekend planned,my friend 😀
Thanks so much, Steve. My MiL is a family treasure, and we all adore her. 🙂 Have a great weekend. Hope all is going well in your neck of the woods. 🙂
Very well (finally) thankyouverymuch 🙂
That’s good. 🙂
WOW! When we travel, we enjoy going into churches … especially old ones. Thanks for taking me on this trip!
Thanks, Frank. You’re very welcome. 🙂
Wow, they don’t build them like that anymore, do they? Two more things – (1) is your mom in law really 100 years old? She doesn’t look it! (2) if I promise to wear a batman t-shirt can I be the bat in the bell tower?
She’ll be 100 next August. We are all going to be there, so she’s better make the party too. 🙂 I thought you already had bats in the belfry. 🙂
It’s going to be one heck of a party and there’s always room for more bats 🙂
Is there any age restriction? Are old bats welcome? 🙂
All bats allowed – with the exception of vampire bats, for the time being 😉
No problem then. 🙂
Fantastic pictures ad. I really cant get over how wonderful your MIL looks. Its amazing. Does she have a special “young” secret to share with us?
Thanks, Hopestar. Maybe she looks so young because she is very relaxed about everything. I’ve never known her to get uptight about anything. That, and ‘Oil of Olay’. 🙂 Hugs to you too. Have a lovely weekend.
It must be the serenity within 🙂
The MiL looks quite sprightly 😉
As for the Cathedral – that’s why I like old buildings so much. They had almost no tools, yet they built masterpieces that’s still standing – just absolutely magnificent!
Yes, she a marvel. 🙂 I agree about the wonderful skills of those craftsmen of the olden days. They also weren’t afraid of hard work. 🙂
Your mom-in-law is carrying her kilometres as well as the impressive cathedral!
Yes, she certainly is very good for someone of her great age. 🙂
One of the originals and the best, Chichester.. Congratulations to your Mum-in Law 🙂
Thanks, Cb. It certainly is a wonderful structure. I’m so proud of our British architecture. 🙂