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“Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.”
― Lemony Snicket,

Winchester have opened the gates to their Christmas Market – an event well attended by many! As we found out today… It was nice to have a wander through the grands of the Cathedral but it was almost impossible to get anywhere near the stalls and see what they were actually selling.



Still we managed a bit of Christmas shopping in the High Street – and some great chances for Photography so it all helps! Winchester is a really nice city to shop in and has lots of the old favourites such as Cath Kidston and a few independent quirky shops.



There’s even the huge Waterstones which, whilst crowded, was really nice to browse. We really lack decent bookshops in this country and Waterstones with it’s rickety staircase and wooden floors is part of a dying breed.


After a few hours shopping and wandering, we headed back to begin the mammoth task of photo editing. Tomorrow – it’s Christmas Decorations time! (Which doesn’t mean putting them up – just getting them ‘out’.)



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“Leave the fireworks for those who cast no spark of their own.”
― Karen Abbott

I’ve been quite cheeky today, I’ve still taken a photo so that I’m within the challenge rules, but I’m instead publishing most of yesterdays shots taken at the firework display. And even a video! I’ve never been able to photograph fireworks, but last night I managed to capture a few albeit a little blurry. I didn’t have a tripod though…


The display happens once a year at the same place in the local town. Thousands of people attend, and luckily the weather was good. Although by the end of the display we could no longer feel our fingers, toes or faces – it was that cold!

The fireworks are set to music, which adds a cute atmosphere to the event, and there was a fairground as well which made it feel more of an event than just having fireworks. Bands and belly dancers performed on stage and there was even a Mr and Mrs Guy Fawkes judging event!

Fireworks night is no longer just one night here in the UK. It stretches on often for weeks. The weekends before and after the 5th of November are full of displays (big ones) and during the week there are often bonfires and smaller displays across the country. It makes for noisy sleeping sometimes!

And, as is mostly always the case after a night of fireworks, it’s raining heavily today. So here’s today’s shot – rain!


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