I know! I know! There are still five weeks to go before Christmas but I do so enjoy visiting a good Christmas Fair, especially when they are held in glorious castles and mansions! This weekend the first of the BIG fairs was held in Picton Castle. Now this is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year but Christmas it is truly special. Every room downstairs is beautifully decorated with a Christmas tree and garlands galore.
The dining room table was laid out in preparation for dinner using beautiful Swansea pottery. Sadly we had not received an invitation to dine!
The roaring fire in the fireplace had a wonderful marble surround and everyone sat on comfy sofas enjoying the chamber orchestra playing sweet Christmas melodies. Also in the room was the much talked about Renoir painting which had been featured on ‘Fake or Fortune’ .
Round every corner there were surprise decorations and displays.
Places to post your letters.
Places to hide your secrets.
Outside in the courtyard more melodies were being played by the Salvation Army brass band and very good they were too.
After a walk around the rest of the Victorian Fair and visiting my cousin John Dooner, who was exhibiting his wonderful art at the Fair, we decided to return home as it was pouring with rain! On the way out we said farewell to this European Owl (I think) who was at the exit.
Today dawned bright and dry with a stunning red sky at 7am. This heralded some low mist over the valley which meant a quick photo through the windscreen of the car when I went to collect the Sunday newspapers! I did stop the car to take the photos! Honest!
Later in the day at Aberglasney the sun continued to shine and visitors arrived to enjoy a Sunday roast dinner in the most beautiful of settings ever.
Even the daffodils were lifting their heads to the sunshine!
Back at home during the week we have had some very frosty mornings . All the annuals which have given of their best through the summer and filled the garden with colour and joy are now on top of the enormous compost heap! The sun has shone through some of the frost and rain and brought more pleasing sights around the garden. A garden gives pleasure whatever the weather to birds, animals and people alike.
Frosty, bright mornings are a great way to start any day! Let’s hope we have some more!
(The photos are blurry as I changed them all to small to make it quicker to upload them. How does one upload ‘bigger’ photos to WordPress quicker?)