When I was little Waltons was a shop in Exeter that had the most wonderful Christmas displays. You walked through an area of display windows that seemed really big at the time. Each window was more magical then the one before, and waiting at the end was Father Christmas, in his red coat and with a real white beard. In those less commercial days it was one of the very best things about Christmas.
There are still displays like Waltons, often found in garden centres, and Keydells has multiplied the magic many times over. Look at all these Santas!
And their visitors,
Yesterday I admired Jo’s lovely beach photos and commented that I haven’t been to the beach for ages. Then, after lunch the sun came out, there was a perfect blue sky for a while, it just had to be grabbed, Exmouth called. We were there in twenty minutes,
The only problem was,
like an army of ants, everyone else was there as well!
But Lindy and the dogs just chilled.
The dogs and I got wet feet, and fun was had by all.
Last call, as Rommel would say.
Seasons Greetings from my little town.
There will be no snow in Exeter this Christmas, a very mild 14 degrees is forecast for tomorrow. Even I wouldn’t have minded a very light sprinkle for a day.
This year has brought it’s challenges, but those trials make us stronger, wiser people don’t they? It’s also been a year of happy experiences, some travel, back to Spain and around the UK, meeting friends old and new. All in all, while I’ll never be wealthy, I’m a very lucky girl with a full and rich life.
Thank you all for your company, your visits and lovely comments. Even though I often don’t have time to respond, I love to hear from you and I learn from you every day.
So as we look towards 2017, I wish each of you a very Happy Christmas season, and most of all a peaceful, healthy new year.
The picture of Exeter Cathedral above, is ‘borrowed’ from the Facebook group, Exeter Memories and I believe it’s actually a Christmas card, one that I’ve sent and received in the past.