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This comes with no promises!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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 emoticon

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.

Why?

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! emoticon

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JAI_COVEY 11/21/2013 1:18PM

    There a xmas tree up in my city. I feel like let Thanksgiving past first! All this early decor and music sometimes makes me sick of Xmas.

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PURPLEPEONY 11/20/2013 11:55PM

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SETTIMIA 11/20/2013 11:52PM

    Great blog, thank you for the wonderful photos.

HAVE AN AWESOME DAY

Keep the spark ignited! emoticon

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NORASPAT 11/20/2013 11:30PM

    I loved it . That was a reminder of my home town.

Hugs Pat in Maine. U.S.A. emoticon

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MARITIMER3 11/20/2013 11:12PM

    Same thing here. The day after Remembrance Day the Christmas carols and lights were in all the stores.

Way to much commercialism.

Gail emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/20/2013 10:00PM

    Great pics. Thanks for sharing!

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PMFISH 11/20/2013 9:58PM

    Enjoyed your blog and the pictures.

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HARROWJET 11/20/2013 9:50PM

    We had strong winds here Sunday night.


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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/20/2013 9:38PM

    Where do they find the energy to do that! Oh how I would love to be there! emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 11/20/2013 7:18PM

  Loving those pigs....that looks like a great event to happen upon on your walk....That doesn't happen hear in Canada!

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THINFITFEMINIST 11/20/2013 7:04PM

    Great pics and wonderful blog as always.

Thank you for taking the time to share your life with us here.

Karen

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AKELAZ 11/20/2013 5:30PM

    Another interesting blog - emoticon
Am in agreement with the fact that Christmas gets earlier but if it brings income into the town I guess its valuable although not in the spirit of Christmas as I understand it.
Interesting that there were rare breeds there - are they for decoration, spreading the word about rare breed farms or simply for sale? Would be rather difficult if you transported a live pig home. Apparently the turkeys would do it for you however!
Am fetching my grandchildren from Southampton at the weekend so I'll try and look out for the helter skelter - they'd love it!
Looks like a very interesting market - thanks for sharing.

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SHAKESALOT 11/20/2013 4:50PM

    Thanks for the mini tour! : ) Always interested in new things & places. Glad you had your walk.

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/20/2013 4:44PM

    I empathize with the "Christmas" decorations so very early... but if we are going to get people to spend money they don't have, on gifts that people don't need and probably don't want otherwise they would already own whatever it is you are buying, in celebration of a holiday that (at least it seems this way) most people do not associate with the Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ. They only think of it as a time to GET GIFTS and over eat & drink the not so healthy offerings that are in abundance and one-up the neighbors in 'Decorating Prowess'.
(Quite the long sentence(?))
Sorry. I love Christmas and the Christian reasons for celebrating the DAY.
Audra
P.S. I love your blog & blogs...

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TREV1964 11/20/2013 4:11PM

    Again a highly entertaining blog.

Great stuff

Cheers

Trev

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POUTINGPEGGY 11/20/2013 3:23PM

    Yes I forgot to mention in my blog we had snow here, not much but a flurry! We always have a goose at Christmas so one of those is mine! I used to buy a fresh one from my local butcher but it is so expensive so we now get one from Liddls and it's a quarter of the price if not more. Did you go on the helter skellter? Go on I dare you! Hubby can stand at the bottom with the camera and provide the evidence and No I won't do it if you do. Locolinda will though I bet she's up for it. emoticon emoticon emoticon Now I did that to annoy you.

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EWL978 11/20/2013 3:16PM

    That sounds like you had a lovely walk!!

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BEBARB149 11/20/2013 3:11PM

    Thanks for the pictures. I hardly believe they expected to keep those turkeys in that cage. I'm surprised the geese are still there. If you buy one from a street vender do you kill and dress it yourself or do they do it for you?

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TURTLELADY56 11/20/2013 3:10PM

  nice blog....i enjoy reading ty....

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