3/24 Daily December

Come on in. Welcome.
I’ve been working on Christmas.
So has Eileen from Eileen’s Attic– this wonderful parcel arrived. As it wasn’t in Christmas paper, I knew she wanted me to open it immediately. It jingled like santa’s sleigh!
Inside this beautiful bag was a stick of cinnamon and 2 orange fruit tea bags and these:
3 gorgeous owls from 1960s-70s prints and a pair of birds in 1930s feed sack fabrics. So beautiful with hand stitching too. I put them on the tree. They are so beautiful Eileen- thank you so much.
I decorated the tree, put down the tree skirt too, and as I am making secrets in my room, Father Time isn’t needed to prop the door open so I brought him down to join in.
The fairy on the top is known as The Sober Fairy. Her predecessor was known as Gabrielle the Gin Fairy. You see she somehow lost her cone and so she would lurch at the top of the tree and at the most inopportune moments would launch herself off the tree entirely, startling guests who were unused to her rowdy behaviour. None of us could part with her though as she had been the cause of so many Christmas giggles, so she has a new part to play. More later.

A more sensible winged creature.
The sun beginning to rise over a frosty field-sorry about the reflection from the car.

Ok to get us in the spirit of the medieval fair at Ludlow castle here’s some authentic music which was playing in one of the marques.

Some players singing on the stage.

The dragon waiting for her cue at the side of the stage.
A couple of knights also part of the play.
A stall selling Green Man plaques
Close up of a few.
View looking back to where we came in.
Me in a yarn stall- Mulberry Dyer. This is what I call my Giles Grandma (6th image down on the page- the link describes the whole cartoon family) coat as I look like that character.

There were also interlinked marques full of small stalls. So easy to lose your sense of direction and wander in circles trying to see the bits you missed by going off into a smaller marque.
Food, pottery, baskets, clothes, wood turning, wood carving, drink, -you name it!
Fortunately there were plenty of chairs to rest in placed here and there at the edges. I liked the stall below- it smelt of apples and sold cider, apples, wines, and jams. No medlar jam though unfortunately. I’ve always wanted to try it.

A “giant” in the crowd. probably on it’s way to join the play. Next post will have the castle itself. For those who want to read ahead this link is brill for the history of Ludlow Castle. It also saves me from typing it all here.

I only invisioned the Daily December postings being a photo or 2 with a sentence. Instead you are getting all this! Ah well in for a penny in for a pound- have a bit more!

This wonderful award came from Annie Coe, I’m now passing it on to in alphabetical order:
1. Barbara- Ramblings from an English Garden
2.Eileen- Eileen’s Attic
3.Pamela- From the House of Edward
4.Stephanie- Loft creations
5.Ulla- Kotkarankki

Here are the rules to receiving this award:1. You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous blogs in a post.2. You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.3. You must copy and paste the rules and the instructions below in the post.Instructions: On your post of receiving this award, make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them. When you post your five winners, make sure you link them as well. To add the award to your post, simply right-click, save image, then “add image” it in your post as a picture so your winners can save it as well. To add it to your sidebar, add the “picture” gadget. Also, don’t forget to let your winners know they won an award from you by emailing them or leaving a comment on their blog.

Ok here are my 5 addictions:

1. making stuff
2. blogging stuff
3. taking pics of stuff
4. coffee
5. books
in no particular order of importance, but having said that coffee is very good at the mo with the silly hours I am keeping -elfing away. 🙂 Isn’t it fun!

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