Crafting, fun and friendship

Crafting, fun and friendship

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

WOYWW 132

CHRISTMAS IS COMING,
THE GOOSE IS GETTING FAT,
PLEASE PUT A PENNY IN THE OLD MAN'S HAT.
IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT A PENNY,
A HA'PENNY WILL DO,
IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT A HA'PENNY
THEN GOD BLESS YOU!
(Traditional English Rhyme)


It's been a week of stops and starts, alternating frantically busy with snatched moments of peace.  After the craft fair madness of two weeks ago, I've been catching up on some commissions...
 Julia was after some of the Nordic fabric in some bunting - so I've made some for her to stick up chez Dunnit.
My brother asked me to make a couple of items for his in-laws, preferably something useful. What DO you give to 80 year olds? So he thought they may like a table centre and a peg bag. Duly done :)


Last Friday was DH's birthday - it was one of those glorious winter days: blue skies, sunshine, crispy cold. So I decided to take him out for the day. We headed towards Winchester as he hadn't been there for a while. OK, there was an ulterior motive *grin* as I knew the Christmas Market was on as well!! He took some fab shots...
 The smell as we walked past this stall was fantastic!
I enjoyed having a browse and he enjoyed taking the shots!
The market was set up behind Winchester cathedral around the green, on top of which was an outdoor skating rink.
You can see it was a fantastic day. I love Winchester Cathedral - together with Durham, it's my favourite in England. You can feel the ancient history there. What events that building has witnessed over its long life.
If there were adult sizes of the penguin-sledge that child is using, I might have had a go at skating. But my stupid ear-dizziness problem means that my balance isn't so fantastic anymore :(  It was fun watching all these folk whizz around though!



I bought three of the turquoise baubles, small, medium and large to hang up in  my bedroom window. They're mouth blown glass from Bath - I could have bought the whole stall!! The other pic is for Julia, whose taste for kitsch is enormous!
If I had space in my living/dining room, I would have a dresser filled with blue and white china. But the only available wall is filled by my beloved piano, so it's not going to happen! I can always dream....... :)
Finally, for the history buffs amongst you..
My favourite house tucked in by the city wall. I'd have loved to have had those top rooms as a bedroom when I was a teenager who 'wanted to be alone'!!
And a section of the city walls, featuring some nice chunks of terracotta Roman roof tiles!  Recycling's been around for a long time....
That's it for now. Don't get too hassled by Christmas. Have some choccy instead :) xxxx

60 comments:

  1. I would have loved to visit that Market with you. The sights, the scents, the lovely festive atmosphere, all accompanied by a skilled photographer.

    I am sorry I have not been around to visit. My internet went down last week and I just got it back yesterday morning. I read your message about sending my mailing address, but my e-mail is down and I will have to figure out a way to send it to you, OR you can get it from Voodoo Vixen. Unfortunately, I can't find her e-mail address on her blog, so that might not be an option. I may have to visit my neighbor sometime later in the week and use her e-mail address. Sorry I'm such a pain in the bunting!

    Happy WOYWW from # 5.

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  2. It's good when it works well for everyone ;) my poor dh's birthday plans kept changing. Our child free night went from meal and cinema to take out and bed by 9:30 the next day was spent lying poorlier on the sofa and our day out down graded to getting takeaway. He spent his actual birthday at the first half of an interview..... He and his cold are currenly in Manchester leaving toddler and I I'll and home alone, typical. I'll take your day please!

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  3. What beautiful piccies ive never been to winchester but looks stunning.That market looks fab too think would spent too much money if id been there!
    Have fab week and i will take you up on the choccie..lol
    hugs jude10

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  4. Lovely pics! I love those old cathedrals, too.
    Tuire #37

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  5. What beautiful pics of Winchester. Thanks for sharing....I really love all the Christmas markets but alas I've not managed to get to one this year.
    Hugs,
    A x

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  6. Hello!

    I've had an idea for you hun - tree skirts! I have two - one that is somewhat naff, but is my only red one (with dodgy "Merry Xmas" on it, and made from felt) and another which is, quite literally, tanzanite blue and made from the taffeta that my bridesmaids dresses were. As I was kneeling on the floor, bemoaning the lack of a decent tree skirt to compliment my red/gold tree this year, and it occurring to me that I'm accomplished enough to make my own now - I realised that it was a good idea to prompt you with. After all, you're making bunting and the like, how about tree skirts to match? I'm sure they'll sell!

    Change of tack - Winchester, just love it. Went to Uni there and was part of the Uni choir so I got to sing the Coronation Anthem in the Cathedral for the graduation ceremony when I was there. One of my top memories that, an amazing experience. I keep prodding Mr B to go for the market, but he's not taken the bait yet!

    Hugs n' stuff - see you Sunday hopefully!

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  7. Winchester - and the Christmas market - looks wonderful, I must visit some time.... Have a great week, LLJ (and thanks for your comment)
    I will eat chocolate!

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  8. These are lovely photos Jan. We couldn't get any decent shots because of the amount of people and we couldn't get near the stalls. I will definitely go in the week next year! Louis squeezed in and bought me a lovely smelling heart as a surprise from that gorgeous garland stall. He is sitting with me now and he recognised the little chalets! I hope you get more moments of peace this week xx

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  9. If I didn't have a bunged up nose my imagination would let me smell those lovely hangy up things. They are gorgeous.
    Lovely photos and what a pretty market.
    Thanks for sharing, Hugs, neet #7 x

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  10. Awesome pics from the market! My sister in law collects that Polish Pottery and it is gorgeous but like you I don't know where I would put it! Thanks for sharing! Have a great week and Happy Holidays! Vickie #35

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  11. Really like the photos. The table runner and peg bag are great gifts. :)

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  12. Good morning; thought I'd pop in to say Hi quickly. Hope you have a fabulous and creative week. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us today. Lovely photos of the market too. Yes, I'm looking forward to seeing elder daughter next week wednesday, though I believe we'll see very little of her as friends catch up comes first!
    Neil #13

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  13. Wonderful post and piccies! Winchester is on our doorstep but sadly no free time to go this year, plus the lurgy is slowing things down :( So glad you posted the photos to at least let me have a little peek! Happy WOYWW. Di xx

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  14. Oh what a fantastic day that would have been! I love all that traditional stuff but sadly there is nowhere near me that does that kind of thing anymore :( Shame really.

    Thanks for posting those lovely photos,

    Take care

    Jackie xx

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  15. Hi Jan,
    Thanks so much for my fabby bunting!! I love it! That fabric you are using for the peg bag and table centre is just lovely! Thanks for sharing your piccies of the Christmas market, I've not been able to make it to one this year so was nice to have a snoop :o) great photo's thanks for sharing them with us. x

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  16. Lovely photos of Winchester, a place I have never visited, yet, but if the cathedral is as nice as Durham (beautiful) then I will have to get there.
    Love the bunting.
    Ann B
    #27

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  17. Lovely bunting and looks like a fab crimbus market happy holidays :)

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  18. It's not kitsch it's tasteful!! You're right about Gordon's photos, they show the market and stalls off beautifully. There's a technological breakthrough that means you could have stuff above your piano...a shelf. Tee here. I could be your interior designer...we must have some blue and white WIRES to donate!!!!

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  19. WOW..so glad your DH had a birthday and you treated him so well. I love ALL the photos. Simply beautiful buildings in the background and the wonderful items for sale. WOW..wish I could visit. Something awsome about other areas of the world. Enchanting, overwhelming beauty in everything.
    We have NO snow yet..pouring down rain and lack of sunshine, but had lots to do inside so was good to have rain and not the snow and ice.
    Love the colors of your bunting too, Enjoy WOYWW and have fun preparing for the Holidays

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  20. Thankyou for the lovely comment you l;eft on my blog re decorations.The glittery bling ball i found in B &Q they do white also but wanted the blue one.Forgot to mention those citrus wreaths so easy to make ,i do them every year and then just add the christmas citrus scent each year they so easy!
    Hope you find the ball let me know
    judex

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  21. love the photos!!
    Have a great creative Wednesday!!

    Hugs Marleen #12

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  22. Skating on ice in Winchester... and a market? You were spoiled indeed! I love Winchester, it's such an old city... my other fav is Canterbury... similar sorts of buildings and history. You look like you are busy with all your fabby materials... wish there was a nice (read reasonably priced) material shop here in Calgary... the only one I found you had to pay a membership to buy the stuff!! :0

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  23. I'm Steve, the brother for whom the table runner and peg bag were made, and reet pretty they are as well :-)

    I went to a similar Xmas Fair, only at Bath instead, well over 100 stalls, near to the Abbey rather than a cathedral.

    Jan has just left my house to drive home after delivery of said items (for the M in L) and for pudding I had made a sough dough friendship cake - called Herman. Jan has taken son of Herman home, so in 10 days time it'll well be worth visiting her for slice of her Herman :-)

    Have a good Xmas

    Steve x

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  24. Beautiful pictures! That Christmas market looks like it was fabulous. Thanks so much for sharing, I always love your posts. #84 -Meechelle

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  25. your day out looks amazing, what a fabulous location you are in! love those dried citrus fruits, must try to make some this year!
    Happy WOYWW, have a fabulous creative day, Debxx #88

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  26. Fab photos and it really gives a boost to the Christmas feeling! I love the citrus/spicey decs and the blue and white pottery is just like the polish pottery I am collecting bit by bit each time I visit Lewes from the Baltic Trader. I just love using it.
    Have emailed you re the patterns...
    Love JoZarty x

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  27. I was thinking how lovely the market is looking and then to learn it's at WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL!?!
    Do you know how blessed you are?

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  28. Teeheehee...scanned over Julia's comment. I can just imagine you two :D
    These are the kind of posts I love - getting away from the messy desks once in awhile! I'm truly stuck on those dried fruit wreaths though. Since I can't get to Winchester I've gotta figure out how to make them meeself.

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  29. Love, love, love your post! I haven't been to Winchester in years (naturally!), but used to visit often as my SIL was at college there, beautiful place. Chichester is high on my list too, along with Wells in Somerset, and I'm sure you know Durham is right up at the top though! Beautiful pottery, get some shelves up like Julia suggests! Thanks you again for my beautiful bunting, you do fabulous work!

    Hugs
    Brenda 68

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  30. Wonderful photos from the marked!

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  31. Great pics, haven't made it to Winchester market yet, hopefully this weekend!

    Hugs

    Debs #89

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  32. see it needs an old fashioned church to Really be Christmassy don't you think? and the market and all that, really does get you into the mood,

    without the church, the markets, the people. well, it would just be another weekend really would'nt it?

    Dx

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  33. Fantastic photos, I have never been there, must make plans to vist that market place, happy Weds, Hugs May x x x x

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  34. It looks like you had a lovely time at the bazaar. I am so jealous! We don't have anything like that here. :( Good luck catching up on the holiday orders! I will be at the craps table tonight (am in Las Vegas) and will roll one for you ;) -Amanda 29

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  35. Wow - that market looked fab - I am sure I could smell all those spices. have a great Christmas x Jo

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  36. Oh that did look wonderful, I havent seen proper fruit pomanders for years!! And I am certain Ms Dunnit will treasure the bunting!

    Bit late getting on this week due to various disasters, but belated happy WOYWW
    Lou #102

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  37. Great pics.... would love to visit Winchester Cathedral one day and hubs and I have it on our visit list for when we finally get to the UK... would love to go to a market like that and thanks for the photos... you had me green with envy...xx

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  38. we are really lucky and have something very similar in Manchester and I agree a real pleasure ..love the pics xxxx sarah #46

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  39. another busy week, I love that Nordic fabric too. I work in Winchester 3 times an week and I am sad to say I haven't been to the Market, shame on me I do get an hour for lunch.... maybe I should go tomorrow. Great pictures
    happy woyww
    janet~32

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  40. The markets looked absolutely wonderful. Love the coloured baubles you bought and of course every 80 year old needs a peg bag:)

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  41. Beautiful shots on there and what a lovely day you picked weather wise. I have got Hubby looking up how far it is from me. Maybe a meet up for future?
    I also love that Christmas song!! Mmmmn Goose!! My mouth is watering now!!

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  42. You look so busy on your desk and those markets look really great. We used to go to markets and old cathedrals when I was little and we lived in England. I used to love the castles.
    Have a great week and a very merry Christmas, I won't have time to post next week. We have everyone over to our house for Christmas and have to get ready and play with Audrey.

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  43. Thanks for the tour LLJ! I love the pictures! I would have loved to smell the potpourri-looked wonderful! Patsy from
    HeARTworks

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  44. Hi, Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. The hexagons are not too hard just very fiddly!
    I love the pics. of the Christmas market, I haven't been to ours yet!

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  45. Lovely bunting! :) And hello - new blogger here!

    TangolikeRaindrop #72

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  46. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment:) I have never been to Winchester so thank you for the tour. I love your bunting. I keep thinking about making some...one day:)

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  47. The bunting you made is fab, I love the bright colours. The pictures of Winchester are lovely. Thank you for sharing x

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  48. Wonderful pictures and the bunting is just lovely! Happy WOYWW!

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  49. Hello Lunch Lady Jan! Thank for visiting my blog!! I actually started at the bottom and am trying to make my way to number 1.

    These photos are just amazing. I would so love to visit your part of the world.

    I work full time but am hoping to be able to join in on WOYWW more often than not. I must admit, it is a distraction at work..... I am actually off from work today so plan to get to everyone's link.

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  50. Beautiful photos! It looks like lots of sewing accomplishments happened this week.

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  51. Hi Jan, loving that Nordic Bunting you have been busy, what a great idea to take hubby out for the day and to find the Christmas market on too and he takes the piccies whilst you shop, loving that idea! great photos very British, what what! :0) xx now Wasabi nuts mmmmmm they do make your nose sizzle if you eat too many at once hee hee all part of the fun, Holland and Barret and Marks and Sparks are my usual shops for these treats, let me know what you think, Happy Crafting, Sue xx

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  52. Love your latest sewing, and the pics are fab.

    Marilyn

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  53. Hi there LLJ, so glad to see you are out and about despite the winter weather and as usual you have some lovely pickies to share so much going on over there and agree with you about Durham Cathedral - have not seen Winchester Cathedral so cant vouch for it, happy WOYWW! Shaz in oz.x

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  54. I remember that hidden house in Winchester. My firm did a mystery fun night out there one yr and we were all dumped in pairs by the Cathedral given a sheet of clues and 2hrs and had to go off and find the clues and take a photo of ourselves in front of each building. When we got to the last but one clue if we solved it we would end up at the chosen resturant! Two people had to be rung up on their mobiles after we had waited an extra 1/2hr and told where to meet us. The hidden house was one of the clues we had to find!! Hugs Mrs A.

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  55. Brilliant post Jan, loved all the photos taken of the market stalls - so colourful. I have an aunt and uncle living in Winchester so we intend visiting them next year - look forward to seeing the Cathedral and the hidden house. Have a great weekend. Elizabeth x #66

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  56. Hi Jan
    Sorry i'm so late getting to you this week. Your market looks gorgeous and what a setting. We went to the Xmas Market in Leeds today and it was OK but nothing like yours. I did indulge in my fav roasted nuts and DH bought me a beautiful German handpainted plate so I'm a happy bunny!!
    Those baubles look beautiful, bet they catch the light in your window.
    Winchester looks beautiful. I have been but years ago, it's definitely time for a revisit I think.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend and not working too hard.
    Hugs Lisax #54

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  57. Love the post. I wished I was at the market with you! It just looks like so much fun! Thanks for the nice comment on my blog! Happy WOYWW 132. Thanks for Sharing!

    Hugs
    Shirley Pumpkin #63

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