Friday, 18 November 2016

Gloucester Quays




This morning we popped over to Gloucester Quays to have a look around the Victorian Christmas Market.





I was going to take lots of photos but it was so cold, I didn't want to keep taking my gloves on and off.













This stall filled the air with the most wonderful aroma, I decided I must make some Christmas Pot Pourri .









There were around 200 stalls in total, some lovely foodie gifts, but I don't need to pay for fancy gins or chutneys, cakes, pies etc as I always make my own.
Lots of nice crafty stalls which gave me some ideas and inspiration.

We picked up a couple of gifts but can't show here as the recipient reads this.

Also I bought home a few things. 

Some Sparkly Decorations.








A cute little Robin

These slate hearts were only £1 each and they are 18 cm a really nice size, I have a few ideas for them.




The Robin made himself at home in the lounge.

Look at the rays of sun coming through. It has been bitterly cold the last few days though.



This week I started wrapping Christmas presents, only 37 sleeps until Christmas, I am really looking forward to Christmas I always do, are you feeling in the festive mood yet? How are your preparations going?

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  1. Very festive, Marlene. I'm trying to hold off from too much festivity for as long as I can, although I'm still making plans and buying gifts here and there. The robin is so cute. The Christmas markets are great for ideas aren't they? X

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    1. They are lovely to go and have a stroll, so much temptation though xx

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  2. What a fun day out! It is such a treat wandering about and browsing for ideas. Hope you got lots of samples! Those slate hearts are a treat, aren't they? I do folk art painting that would be just the ticket for them. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

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    1. Hi Deborah I did have a few tasters. I have a project in mind for the slate , just need to gather a few more craft bits first, I will show when done.

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  3. I will wrap some of our gifts, we are back home next weekend last time before Christmas, other than wrapping Christmas can stay in the box for a few more weeks.

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    1. I only started because I really don't like gift wrapping, so better to do a little every now and then.

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  4. What a great day out, looked amazing and always good for inspiration. I too am looking forward to seeing what you do with the slate hearts. I am definitely feeling festive and enjoy the build up. There is nothing nicer than a good old fashioned Christmas market.

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    1. I will post about what I do with the hearts in a few weeks time, yes love a Christmas Market.

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  5. I came across your blog as it jumped right out at me, you see we live in France but came from Gloucester so it was lovely to see the old place. Roz from http://france-ourlifeinfrance.blogspot.fr

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    1. Wow really, glad you enjoyed seeing the photos.

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  6. Not festive yet but soon will be.
    xx

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    1. I don't usually feel like it so soon xx

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  7. I am seldom in the Christmas mood these days, after 71 Christmases, but somehow I manage to get my act together by Christmas Day. I used to love it when the children were young, of course, who doesn't then? But I still make a cake and decorate with a real tree, always a real tree never a fake (sorry, faux, tree ... faux sounds kinder, doesn't it, but the whole point of a tree is that it must be real; real greenery bring brought into the home) and lots of fruit and flowers. I will possibly make the Christmas cake on Sunday ... then I might not, much depending on what I feel like then. I seldom plan anything these days, we do not wish to have a regimented life in our old age, but simply do what we feel like each day as it comes (of course, there are appointments, but generally speaking.) And because we don't like to be regimented, I don't menu-plan, either. We eat what we feel like from whatever is in the fridge at the time. Oh dear, I have digressed ... but no, not quite yet in the festive spirit.
    Margaret P

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    1. It's not quite the same as when the children were small is it, we are lucky Jack is still living with us. We are not going over the top this year with the food.Just keep it simple.

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  8. I love the sparkly decorations and that cute little robin would have to have come home with me too. It looks like you had a great day. I can't help but love Christmas even though every year I say we really won't bother with it this year, every year!

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    1. There is always something magical about Christmas.

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  9. Beautiful pictures of Christmas.. I'm very much ready to decorate my home for Christmas...

    Please visit: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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  10. I just love Christmas always have from a child then with my own kids now with grandkids such good fun. I'm off to Chatsworth House and Christmas market next week can't wait, prob won't buy very much tho but it will give me some ideas to replicate on a cheaper level lol

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    1. That will be a lovely day out Wendy, yes I am the same, it is a good place for inspiration.

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  11. I love your new Robin, very sweet and looks just right on the table. Not feeling the Christmas feel yet, I can imagine going round the Christmas market can put you in the mood though xx

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  12. He is very sweet isn't he. I have quite a lot to do, so I have to make a start, x

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  13. I'm not the best at organisation, but this year I need to be ready for Christmas 2 weeks early. I am due to go into hospital on the 13th December for a replacement knee operation, so all my gifts have to be bought, wrapped and labelled so that they can be taken to the recipients in time; all cards need to be bought, written and addressed - and posted! (Last year it was 2 out of 3 - they never got to the post box.) I am lucky that my son and daughter-in-law will be staying with me while I recover - and son loves to cook. Christmas is totally in their hands this year! I'm hoping there will be a Christmas market locally soon . . .

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    1. You poor thing, I hope your operation goes well and you mend quickly, will be nice to have your meals cooked for you.

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  14. Looking at your fabulous photos really makes me think of Christmas. Oh and those cakes looks scrummy.

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    1. We did have one of those cakes at lasts years market, but we were good this time.

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  15. What a beautiful post Marlene, I'm glad you were able to take and share so many photos. Looks like a wonderful day out.
    I'm always in a festive mood! I live by the Dickens quote "I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." That said, there are times when I see festive stuff in the shops and think 'really? This early?!' But Christmas is more than just buying stuff and over eating, there is a definite feeling of magic in the air ... especially if it snows! Have a wonderful Sunday xx

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    1. Thankyou Sadie, It is a magical time isn't it, I am going to be busy doing a bit of Christmas Crafting in the next week, have a nice Sunday xx

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