From dawn until dusk, we're immersed in a world of superlatives. They probably pervade our dreams as well. In fact, they're more likely to make their presence felt as we sleep in a world where more is often better. So, you might be forgiven for thinking the bar has been raised to unassailable heights, until you believe you've got more chance of a rocking horse producing nourishment for your roses, than being impressed.
Well, today I knew I would be impressed, just as I always am when visiting Salisbury Cathedral. The image is familiar enough in my mind's eye, we live just ten miles away, yet I get a powerful run of emotions whenever I get up close. It's not just the scale or design, the towering 404ft steeple, or the religious significance. It's as though I'm tapping into a collective admiration, reverence even, shared by countless individuals since the 13th century.
This was a family visit, and after a cup of hot chocolate, in the Cathedral refectory, Speckly Woo! and I set about a little photographic exercise. Her efforts will appear in her V-Tech gallery in a day or two.
She was wide-eyed at the tombs of real Knights, and immediately wanted to know if they were married to princesses. The twins, Curly and Whirly, led Mummy and Nanny to almost every last corner of the building.
Eventually we all met up, having gravitated to a row of burning candles. The inevitable questions came, and we explained that candles were lit for people who are in our thoughts. I then lit one for my recently departed friend. Speckly Woo! wanted to light one, too. But this wasn't a copycat exercise, she plainly had her reasons, and they stretched beyond emulating me. She picked up a candle, and held it carefully to another until the wick was lit. She then placed it in the row. We asked her who was in her thoughts. "Grandad Arthur," she replied, softly. 'Grandad Arthur' was my step-father, who passed away just over a year ago. He hadn't been mentioned in any of our conversations, today, yet Speckly Woo had him in her thoughts. I'm proud to say, I was impressed.