Thursday, 4 December 2008

Advent II


The little village is beginning to grow and spread. The first little cottage has been built with its welcoming red door and festive wreath. Inside the air is full of the fragrance of Christmas tree and warm mince pies and the crackle of apple wood burning in the fireplace. Inside the bakery the baker is working very hard. As well as the usual crusty loaves and buttery croissants, more seasonal offerings are being prepared and the smell of warm spices fills the air. Also, the first of the very grand houses has now been built. Now, I've not been inside here and I usually take a sneaky peek inside as I walk past when the lights are lit. There is a magnificent marble fireplace and a large Christmas tree with its multicoloured lights twinkling and a graceful angel overlooking proceedings.

I must be totally mad musn't I - Imagining all this! I'll take my silly head off now, be a bit more sensible and show you some pictures of Tewkesbury. I love the Abbey with its beautiful architecture and serene interior. Our visit this time was wonderful, for as we walked around we were acompanied by an orchestra rehearsing Mozart's Requiem and Clarinet Concerto. The acoustics here are wonderful, as we know from watching The Mediaeval Baebes perform here two Christmasses ago.






The town itself is pretty. It is not a tourist town but caters for its locals. It has some 'Tracey shops' as Rob calls them, including a wonderful bookshop where you can browse at your leisure and an eclectic antiques centre crammed full of treasures.








There was disappoinment here this morning as Josh woke up to find there had been no snow and even worse, no likelihood of school being closed. Snowballing in the park will have to wait until another time as Maths and Technology haven't been cancelled today.

More from the village another day.

14 comments:

MelMel said...

I love the cottages.....so festive and quaint!

Bay tree looks avery intersting shop....lovely..

I'm on my break.....so having some well earned time to myself!

I'm going to the Bridgewater outlet the weekend after next, to paint mugs with Thrifty Mrs and her OH, we will of course be in the factory outlet!
yipee!xxx

P.S..love the holly mug, i may treat myself!xx

Simone said...

I love visiting your little village and imagine going inside the buildings as you do. I quite fancy a mince pie now! The abbey has beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. I really am feeling festive now! Sadly no snow where I am but we did have an impressive downpour of rain this morning.

Country Bliss said...

I love the advent it's looking so sweet, the Abbey looks lovely too. What on earth is a tracey shop, could it be touristy shops?
We haven't had any snow it just keeps hailing or raining!

funkymonkey said...

Hi Country Bliss - My name is Tracey - so a Tracey Shop is full of things that I would love to buy!Hope that clears up that mystery!

said...

It is all beautiful! I'll try to blow some snow over!
You wouldn't happen to tell where the village calender came from?
Jox

Flossie and Tom said...

Love the look of Tewkesbury - must try and get there.

Love the green of the bay tree shop - I've been after a colour like that for my front door.

Love your blog

Sara
XX

said...

By the way

Hello Ladies,

This is your fellow-blogger-ess Jo writing to you. You may have noticed my comments on some blogs.

Well, my husband and I live in Germany and we want to spend a three week holiday in Great Britain next May. We will have a car.

If you know of any nice places to go and see or stay at please do share your ideas with us. We are a bit stuck for where to start looking at the moment.

Thank you all so much!

Jo
jo(at)joannestocker.de
joannestocker.blogspot.com

Sal said...

It certainly looks like my sort of place!! ;-)

Pipany said...

Hello Tracey. Just had a lovely catch up on your blog - I am so behind at the moment! Gorgeous Christmas china you have there. xx

said...

Tracey, thank you from a very grateful Jo!
x

Simone said...

Congratulations Tracey! You have won my giveaway. Could you please forward your details to me so that I can get your goods sent off to you.

The Fairy Glade said...

Hi would love to know where you got your advent village from? Dev X

Country Cottage Chic said...

Can I come & visit your Christmas village? I really need to go to that baker!

janeyre said...

BE STILL MY BEATING HEART!!!!!!! MUCH WENLOCK!!!!!!!! OH HOW I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE!! I AM AN AMERICAN GAL WHOSE HEART IS IN SHROPSHIRE. CAN YOU TELL? I ALWAYS TRY TO RENT A SELF-CATERING COTTAGE WHEN I HOLIDAY, AND FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS ITS BEEN A 300 YR. OLD ONE IN CHURCH PREEN. I DO HOPE IT WORKS OUT FOR ME AGAIN THIS YEAR!! NEEDLESS TO SAY, I LOVE YOUR BLOG. JUDY, (AKA JANEYRE), TAPESTRIESOFNATURE