We woke up this morning to sun and a blue sky. After breakfast we went out to try to take some photographs before the sun disappeared. This is one of the gates into the cathedral precincts and the building just outside is our hotel.

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Walking through the cathedral precincts we emerged into the Market Place. Through to the top of High Street we looked back to see this view.

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The structure in the middle of the market place is the fountain fed by the natural springs in the Bishop’s Palace grounds. To the right of the fountain is one of the twin towers on the cathedral West Front and to the right of that is the central tower. On the right of the market place is the Bishop’s Palace Gatehouse.

The cathedral West Front is an amazing piece of work with all those carved stone figures.

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We stopped for a lunch break and then continued our wanderings. Needless to say this mornings session was interrupted by banks of cloud coming across and obscuring the sun for 30 minutes or so at a time and this afternoon we had two thunderstorms the second including hail. This is an English summer after all.

You may have heard of the swans which live on the moat surrounding the Bishop’s Palace and which have learned to pull a rope to ring a bell when they want food. Here one of the current brood of cygnets has learned the trick already even though they can only be 2-3 months old. When the bell is rung food is thrown out of the open window. You should be able to see that it has hold of the rope with its bill with the bell just above it.

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Tomorrow, I suppose, we shall have some more of this wonderful August weather ( I hope you recognise sarcasm when you see it).