Simply Salisbury and Stonehenge

I’m doing a bit of homework for the tours I do fairly regularly to Salisbury, reading The Spire by William Golding. It’s very good, both the story and the way it is written. I’m two thirds of the way through, so not sure how it will end. I hope to finish it before I am back in Salisbury on Tuesday.

I am rather fond of Salisbury, so I was glad to meet someone at the start of last week who came with me a couple of weeks ago. She approached me smiling, and said how much she had enjoyed the day.

That sort of feedback always pleases.

Salisbury Cathedral’s spire is very famous. It pierces the sky above the town. Currently in the cloisters and in the churchyard around the cathedral there are sculptures by Sophie Ryder.

This one is my favourite:

Dog and hare having a conversation sitting on a horse
Dog and hare having a conversation sitting on a horse

The explanation says the dog and hare are having a coversation while sitting on the horse and the horse is listening intently. Sophie Ryder uses animal figures, or often human bodies with animal heads, to explore the relationships we have with each other. That is a pretty important theme anywhere, but particularly in a Christian church.

The massed hares in the cloister make me want to sit and study them. Do notice the wooden crosses in the background, they come from cemeteries from the First World War. See how rough and ready they are.

Hares in the cloister
Hares in the cloister
More hares
More hares
Hares again
Hares again
Full face hare
Full face hare

Tuesday’s tour takes in both Salisbury and Stonehenge. It’s a public one that anyone can join. We travel by train, and meet at Waterloo station outside the ticket office, opposite platform 16, for 8.45am. The whole day, including travel (train and coach), entrances and guided tours costs £79 for adults, £76 for over 65s and full-time card carrying students.

We get back to London in the early evening in time for dinner.

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