"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's Warwick

After looking round the market stalls and market place at the Victorian Fayre Warwick we then went along to visit the opening night of the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's. Combined with the poppies the church looked so lovely although visiting on the night of the Victorian Fayre was perhaps not the best of ideas as it was heaving with people. There were over 40 Christmas trees on display.

Unfortunately I did not have a pen with me so couldn't make a note of the people/organisations that decorated each tree but I do remember this tree was exhibited by History and Culture Warwickshire.

I loved this lady's "pearly" costume.

Tiny lions on Robert Dudley's tomb in the Beauchamp Chapel.

In my post on the poppies at St Mary's I mentioned it was difficult to get photos of the fantastic carvings round the window in the Chapel due to sunlight shining on them but I managed to take a few photos this time. The painted figures are the largest collection of 15th century carvings in the country. There are figures representing the nine orders of angels - seraphim, cherubim, thrones, dominations, virtues, powers, principalities, angels and archangels. There are also 4 saints representing Catherine of Alexandria carrying the sword which martyred her, Mary Magdalene carrying a pot of ointment used to annoint Jesus, Margaret of Antioch standing on the dragon which ate her and Barbara holding a tower and a key. Hopefully, I will return one day and get better photos.

An 18th century clock which I missed on the last visit.





By the time we came out of the church and returned to Market Square the crowds seem to have trebled and you couldn't move! so we decided it was time to make our way home.

*D Photos taken by my son with the Canon SX50HS bridge camera

Rest of photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Christmas Fayres at Middleton Hall and Warwick

We always try and visit one or two Christmas Fayres each year.

Middleton Hall

We paid the Vintage Craft Fayre at Middleton Hall a visit - not many photos as to be honest it was busy and most of the activity was indoors so impossible to get photos without loads of people!

Warwick Victorian Christmas Fayre

We've visited Ludlow Medieval Fayre and Worcester Victorian Fayre and this year we decided to go for the first time to Warwick's evening of Victorian entertainment.

We arrived quite early (as I was a bit worried about whether we would be able to park) and had a wander round before the fayre began at 5.00 p.m.The evening's events included entertainments on stage, turning on the Christmas lights, fairground rides such as a Victorian Ferris Wheel, helter skelter and roundabouts, street entertainers, morris dancing, Victorian market and craft stalls and the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary's.

We had a coffee - Timothy was glad to be in the warm! - while waiting for D to arrive by train.

This bronze statue is of boxer Randolph Turpin, born in nearby Leamington Spa, who won the world middleweight boxing title and died in 1996. The statue was unveiled by Sir Henry Cooper in Warwick's Market Square in July 2001.

There were craft stalls in the Market Hall museum and on display were

Warwickshire's Bear and Ragged Staff and

Oisin the Deer - mascot of the museum with his own twitter account! Oisin is an extinct male Giant Irish Deer (Megaloceros giganteus) discovered in an Irish peat bog in the 19th century. The species lived around 500,000 to 8,000 years and measured 2.1 metres at the shoulder. The reason for its extinction is not known but may have been due to several factors including climate change affecting the growth of grass - a major food source for the deer.

A few Herbarium samples





We also visited the Christmas Tree Festival but I will write about that in a separate post.

*D - photos taken by my son with the Canon SX50HS bridge camera

Rest of photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330

To change the subject I have been doing some Christmas knitting - meet Holly the Mouse