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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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I used to think it too small to spend a life in, but now I’m not so sure.”
― Mary Kelly

I stopped at a small village called Otterbourne during my travels today in order to snap away for the blog. I was feeling pretty uninspired up until the moment that I happened across a very pretty little church. Otterbourne is named after the stream on which it lies – the Otter Bourne – and is located near Winchester in Hampshire.

Otterbourne had a famous occupant over the years being home to novelist Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823 – 1901) who published more than one hundred novels. However other than this, there really isn’t that much to the History of the place in terms of landmark occasions and notifiable residents. However Sir Isaac Newton lodged in a house there for some time during his life – which is quite impressive!

But it is a pretty, quiet and quaint place. I’m aiming to go back purely to photograph the pub – it looks beautiful from the outside! I didn’t spend long enough capturing the Church either so there’s something to do on a less rainy day.

With a population of only around 1600 (2002 census) it’s quite easy to feel like the place is pretty much deserted but just enough to fill up a post for day 215!

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