My wife had an appointment in Truro, Cornwall's cathedral city, so I had about one and a half hours to fill. I decided to wander round the city and then make my way to Victoria Gardens to see if there were any flower displays. I started out at the Cathedral - some lovely carvings at the front of the building - as above.
I often visit Truro but it struck me how the cathedral dominates everything - wherever you look - there's the cathedral looking down from on high.
Walk further and the cathedral is still there. It even seems to squeeze between the narrow lanes ...
... glance sideways and there's a spire - or three.
I made my way out of the shopping area and passed the Cornwall's Courts of Justice on my way to Victoria Gardens.
But looking back from the court what do we still see? Why, the cathedral, of course.
There is a gate by the court that leads to Victoria Gardens. There are so many lovely mature trees.
The garden was created to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - so that would have been in June of 1897.
A much newer contribution to the gardens is the Invictus Vase of Hope - as above. And I found some flowers too.
The bandstand is a prominent feature. During the May to September period there are often free concerts - a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
As I wandered I snapped a few photos of the flowers.
Love the subtle colours ...
... and also the matching colour by the small lake.
As time was getting on I meandered my way back to the main city.
Not everything is old in Truro. There are a few modern stores, of well known retail names like Primark, Marks & Spencer and so on.
Then a phone call from my wife, would I meet her ... by the entrance to the cathedral ... of course, where else!