On our way back from our daughter’s house today, I noticed that our local supermarket was completely deserted. Of course it’s Christmas Day and it’s one of only two days a year when it closes (the other day is Easter Day). It’s usually such a hive of activity it was quite a surprise to see the car park completely empty!
Already, this month is heading for being one of the wettest Decembers on record in the UK, and today was another grim day. It pretty much rained all day, and although there has been no flooding around here, there was plenty of surface water to make driving difficult. A slow motion app on my phone allowed me to catch the ripples from the rain.
With half an hour to kill this afternoon, I parked up close to this woodland and took a stroll through the trees. With little to interrupt my thoughts, it was a good opportunity to think through some ideas and get them in perspective.
I’m not often seen inside a church, but the Christmas Carol Service in the local parish church is not to be missed. Full of families with kids, lots of carols, and mince pies and mulled wine afterwards. This simple tree decoration makes a powerful image…
Christ Church, Market Drayton – iPhone
This is indeed one of our favourite pub/restaurants. It’s about a 20 min drive away, but has great food and a very warm and friendly atmosphere. We always take visitors from outside the UK here as it is the epitome of an English pub.
On our way home this afternoon after lunch with family we could see a rather nice sky developing as we drove near the River Severn at Arley. A quick diversion took us down to the river, where we were rewarded with a beautiful sunset, and mist forming on the river. With nowhere to park, and no time to set up my Sony camera, this was a quick shot using my phone…
I guess everyone knows about ‘The Elf On The Shelf’. This one is called Chippie and belongs to my one granddaughter, and the other granddaughter has one named Rosie… The trouble these elves get into!
This is a detail in our local pub – The Red Lion. The owners commissioned an artist to paint portraits of eight of the craftsmen who had been involved in building the new brew house, but in the guise of ‘monks’. These amazing portraits were then reproduced on the oak panelling around the walls of the old bar area.
I’m really not sure there is any such thing as ‘responsible gambling’, but the profitable and influential gambling industry is always keen to promote its activities in a positive way…
It was Remembrance Day last week, but today was the first chance since then for me to pop up to our local Garden of Remembrance to see the poppy wreaths laid in honour of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Very moving.