Weekend roundup ...
This weekend was a bit of a wash out, the weather certainly left a lot to be desired, but between the heavy showers we managed to venture out and visit the Cathedral Christmas market.
I absolutely love Christmas in Winchester, our historical town lends itself very well to the festive season. The Christmas tree & lights are up and twinkling in the High Street, the Square is looking magical under a sheet of fairy lights and the Cathedral Christmas market is set up and ready for business.
I, like most Wintonians, I have a bit of a love hate relationship with our yearly Christmas Market. I love all things Christmas and turn into an excited child at the first glimpse of decoration and stalls going up. But it's arrival means that from now until Christmas Winchester is grid locked! Parking spaces are very sparse in the centre of town, so be prepared for a bit of parking wars if you are planning a visit by car!
Set up in the Catherdral grounds it's beautifully festive, the smell of mulled wine I the air, quaint wooden huts are lined around the temporary ice rink, selling wonderfully individual Christmas presents.
We grabbed a cup of mulled wine - which aswell as being delicious was a pretty effective way of warming up - and perused the stalls. Candles, cashmere, chocolates and children's toys are amoung just some of the goods on offer.
There are also a number of food stalls if you fancy a bite to eat, German sausage, roasted chestnuts, marshmallows, hot chocolates and much more to choose from. The Christmas Market is a lovely place to visit and brings a wonderful atmosphere to the town.
We also had a wander around the Cathedral, I often walk through the grounds but I probably haven't been in for about a year. Winchester Cathedral, in all its gothic glory, is just breathtaking.
There's so much to take in, the incredible architecture, striking art work, tombs, impressive stained glass windows, historical figures buried there - including William Walker and Jane Austin, I would definitely encourage a visit.
We'd timed it wonderfully, walking in as the choirister's were practicing, I could have sat and listened to them all day. I think it's important to visit your local points of history, it's fun to go into your town and try and think like a tourist, I've spent my 32 years in Winchester and there are still corners of curiosity that I love exploring.
On Sunday morning we headed to Cafe Monde in the Square, a great spot for breakfast, and they make THE best vegetarian full English breakfast for miles! There's also a rather impressive luxury cream and marshmallow loaded hot chocolate on offer too.
Had a peek in my most favourite shop in Winchester, the Hambledon, to see what Christmas offerings were on show, they have some wonderful gift idea's and Christmas decorations in stock right now. From skincare, candles, books, crockery, stationary, there's something for everyone in this little gem.
I popped into Space NK (aka heaven) in the high street and bought myself some Sunday Riley goodies. I've been lusting after the Good Genes treatment for ages now and have read wonderful reviews about the Ceramic slip so buckled and bought the two! I can't wait to try these two this evening and give them a full review.
Mammoth dog walks and cake (both baking and eating!) dominated the rest of my weekend. I'm left feeling like the Christmas run up is well and truly in swing. I better start my Christmas shopping ...