Monthly Archives: November 2013

Christmas fairs and markets

Really getting into the festive preparations this year by visiting Christmas markets and fairs.

Christmas markets and fairs

Found this gorgeous little stall on the bridge in Guildford selling this cute handmade knitted hats.  I am exploring taking up knitting again, so was fascinated by these creation.

Christmas markets and fairs

Then it was off up to Guildford Cathedral for their Christmas Winter Market & Fair. Here are some pictures from our visit.

Christmas markets and fairs

Christmas markets and fairs
A Christmas Cracker.

Christmas markets and fairs
Christmas decorations

Christmas markets and fairs

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Solitary leaf

I found one solitary leaf on path this morning.

Solitary leaf

A Taste of Christmas – Food & Craft Fair at Secretts

For an early taste of Christmas, we popped over to Secretts in Milford for their Food & Craft Fair (which runs until Sunday 17 November 2013). 

A Taste of Christmas - Food & Craft Fair at Secretts 01

Plently stalls ladden with delightful christmas ideas and scrummy treats on sale.

A Taste of Christmas - Food & Craft Fair at Secretts 02

Christmas bunting and hand-craft sewing ephemera

A Taste of Christmas - Food & Craft Fair at Secretts 03

Tempting turkish delight

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Smelly cheese (my husband favourite stall)

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This stall is much more me, and I couldn’t resit making a small purchase of their lovely guest soaps: Fresh Earth, Black Rice, Cinnamon, Safflower, Mangosteen and (the more traditional scent) Lavender.

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A Taste of Christmas - Food & Craft Fair at Secretts 07

These simple handmade wooden Christmas decortations are cute.

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Candle making

Spent a creative evening making candles for Christmas with a wonderful friend Michelle and a group of her friends.

Candle making 01

A range of candle scents (slightly out of focus) to choose from .

Candle making 02

Dried fruit including oranges and limes to be used to decorate pillar candles.

Candle making 03

My soy wax candles (coloured red) in small white ramekins,  with Christmas scent.  This is the first time using soy wax.  Soy wax is opaque in appearance (rather than translucent) and takes colour and scent better than paraffin-based wax.

Candle making 04

These tea-cup candles were ones that Michelle has prepared/created earlier.

Candle making 05

Morris Dancing

Morris Dancers

A wet High Streat in Guildford provide the setting for the Fleur De Lys Morris dancers.

A view from a bridge

A View from a Bridge

After a long day in London at a conference I was involved with organising, I had a chance to walk back across Waterloo Bridge and grab this rather shaky night time capture of the London skyline with the London Eye in the distance.