On Friday I packed my bag, left the builders in charge of the house, jumped in the car, deposited all the dogs in the kennels on the way past and hit the road to Berkshire. After a detour for a coffee and chat with Mum in Manchester, I once again hopped onto the motorway and headed towards my Lovely Hubby's weekday digs in Thatcham.
It was a weekend of eating out, and then on Saturday drinking Mulled Wine from vendors and exploring the lovely city of Winchester.
The Christmas market was in full swing, with ice skaters whizzing (and in some cases staggering) round the ice ... we didn't join them the tickets were all sold out (phew), but we watched and admired.
The cathedral is beautiful, under restoration in parts but truly magnificent.
The Christmas stalls were fitted into all nooks crannies and alley ways, making the place seem alive with interest.
I loved this little door tucked under an archway .....
... and this lamp high on the wall.
The place was bustling, but everyone was in the Christmassy mood so it didn't seem too bad, and of course with the sunshine shining brightly it lifted everyone's spirits.
We paid to go into the cathedral, and deep in the original crypt was this Antony Gormley figure, ankle deep in water reading his bible.
And I had no idea that the writer Jane Austin was buried there!
After lighting a candle for Jessie and Dad we left the cathedral and went to visit the shops along the main High Street.
This wonderful 'statue' man was brilliant and gathered quite a lot of folk waiting for his next move.
Wanting a photo for the blog I thought it only fair to deposit something in his little pot.
Lovely Hubby obliged ... and got a heartfelt bow as thanks.
We had a wonderful weekend, it was just what was needed after all the busyness at work and building work at home. Now it's only a few days until Lovely Hubby is home for his Christmas holidays and we can relax and cosy up at home. I can't wait ... it's starting to feel a lot like Christmas.
Advent Challenge - Day 16
A pretty little tin that I just don't use anymore.