Thanks so much for visiting especially as it's Five on Friday time over at the Love Made My Home link-up, let's dash over and see what's going on.
One - Shopping
A trip to Winchester is always a treat but is extra special when the Christmas market is in town, it's right next to the Cathedral. It's expanded this year with lots of little craft huts and delicious-smelling snacks on offer, with an ice rink for those with good balance. There were some really pretty things for sale and, having made a Christmas tree at a glass fusing workshop a couple of months ago, I was surprised to see something similar on sale for £10! Fancy that!
Round the corner in the High Street, the Christmas lights were twinkling and carol singers were singing.
Inside the Cathedral, a school was having a rehearsal in preparation for their concert, the sound of the Christmas carols played by the band and their joyous singing filled the huge space. A large Christmas tree reached up to the broken-stained-glass-puzzle window.
When we visited last time, see my post under the Winchester label above, I forgot to take some photos of St Swithun's tomb, the small tunnel (the Holy Hole) and the modern icons above. St Swithun is the patron saint of the cathedral and his shrine attracted many pilgrims who hoped to benefit from his healing powers and they could crawl through the tunnel to get close to his shrine. However during the Reformation, all the valuables on the spectacular shrine were stolen. Here's a link which gives you more information as well as telling us about the 40 days of rain associated with his feast day.
|Can you see the Holy Hole? It's behind the chair . . .|
|No Santa hat for Antony Gormley's sculpture|
A meal in the Cathedral Refectory is recommended as it's delicious and you are also boosting the funds of the cathedral upkeep. So squashing in a cake as well was for altruistic reasons.
Three - Jane Austen
The last house that Jane Austen lived in before she died is in Winchester and she is buried in the Cathedral as I mentioned in a previous post. Outside her old house is a charming grassy spot with a new dedication to her. This is in readiness for the 200th anniversary of her death next year in 2017. A number of events have been organised to celebrate, here's a link with details.
Four - The Great Hall
Another favourite of ours is The Great Hall which contains Arthur's Round Table, painted in Tudor times. It's a great space and looked very Christmassy. It's hard to believe that Sir Walter Raleigh was tried and convicted of treason in the room all those years ago.
Outside the Hall was a new memorial to the American soldiers who trained in the area during WWI, see the plaque below.
Five - Nature
Finally, it was too chilly to sit by the river but here's a little taster of the great outdoors.
|Another place to try and see a kingfisher!|
|Squishy fruit on the tree masquerading as walnuts.|
|Amazing white pods dangling from this plant|
|Two grassy dogs outside a shop!|