Well, after yesterday I daren't say that this post WILL be worth reading, so it comes with no guarantees. However, I have got some rather different pictures to show you.
What a day! It started quite bright and cheerful, but before long the sky became very dark and we were treated to rain. It began very lightly, but as it was cold each drop seemed to cut right to the core. Nothing lasted for long though, and next we had the heaviest and hardest rain imaginable - for half an hour. The wind was really strong, it even blew our neighbour off her bicycle. This was followed by hail and thunder, and then, with no warning or introduction, all was calm Out came the sun and the wind dropped. You see - in the UK we are used to weather - we get it all the time
So, it was mid afternoon by the time I went for my walk. I went on my own but walked into town. The roads were busy, until I arrived - because then I remembered that the main shopping street was being closed to traffic for the day.
Believe it or not........
...... the Christmas lights are being switched on tonight!
Yes, just after the middle of NOVEMBER the town is celebrating Christmas!
Frankly, I think it's too early, but I did take some photographs to give you a flavour of the preparation.
I hope you can see, but the road was blocked at this end by a Helter Skelter. It was still being constructed,
Some of the stall holders were almost ready for custom
others had yet to arrive. A very few were already open, and I was astounded at just how many were selling food!
At first there were very few pedestrians around, and, of course, no cars. However, by the time I had finished my business (once again for my mother) the street was getting busier as mothers arrived with their children having met them from school.
Now this was a sight I didn't expect to see!
And so was the above. It didn't end there ....
Sheep, and goats, too.
Lastly, a couple of the visitors were causing a bit of a stir!
One of the turkeys escaped! It's on the right but partly masked by the rescue party. Sadly, my view was also masked when the second one also took flight. These animals aren't for sale. They are from a 'travelling' Rare Breeds farm. They usually visit schools and clubs.
I'm sure the rest of the preparations went smoothly. I didn't envy any of them the biting wind, and this evening, after dark, we have had more heavy rain. And tomorrow everything will have gone! All this just for one short evening.
Onwards and Upwards, Sparkeroonies. No chill in the air here. It's always warm and cosy when I'm with you all on Spark. If I can get the right photograph I've got something good to share with you tomorrow - if the worst comes to the worst it will have to wait until the weekend. Whatever happens, though, I'll be back with something!