Sally Mair - Loving life

By Sallymair


This is the amazing copper font in Norwich Cathedral. It started life in the Rowntrees chocolate factory here and was given to the cathedral when the factory closed. I love the colour of it and the reflections both of the cathedral, and I'm there too!
There are many items around still, relating to Remembrance, this is also the place where Edith Cavell is buried.
There are clear perspex 'missing' figures of soldiers around the nave and chapels, each with a name and brief history of somebody who didn't come back. There is a curtain of knitted poppies over the entrance to the Memorial chapel and a black iron silhouette of a soldier with head bowed by the altar there.
In a small nearby 14th century church I came across a display in a clear perspex case, of artefacts from France. They were laid simply in soil and whether by accident or on purpose, I found it quite moving that seedlings were starting to grow in the case. In my mind's eye I could see the items going back into the earth from which they had been taken... buttons, pipes, bits of shot, fuses from guns, pieces of leather. Apparently items still appear in the ground, turned up by ploughs or digging, and in ditches along the roadsides.
In the same exhibition, is a wooden cross from the grave of a young man killed on 4th November 1918, just a week before the armistice.

I'm looking forward to going to the service in the Cathedral tomorrow morning. I find it very powerful that there has been a church here, and people worshipping for almost 1000 years and I'm glad to be part of that.

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