Some Christmassy bits and pieces

In late November, a week before my holiday in Ireland, I went to a large garden centre just a few miles from home. It had been a couple of years since I’d been there during the run up to Christmas and remembering that they’d previously had some really good Christmas displays I thought I’d be able to get some nice photos. I was a bit disappointed however as the displays weren’t nearly as good as in previous years and with boxes of decorations and other stuff stacked around most of them it wasn’t really worth taking many photos. I did call in at a smaller garden centre on my way back home though and found they had a lovely working miniature village on display so my journey wasn’t entirely wasted.
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The day after I got back from Ireland earlier this month I took myself off to the Trafford Centre on the outskirts of Manchester to see the Coca-Cola truck ; I’d missed it when it came to my home town last year as I’d been over in Ireland at the time so I was determined I wouldn’t miss it this time. Leaving the van at home I went to the Trafford Centre by bus ; the express service was an easy 20-minute ride along the motorway straight to the centre and I didn’t have to drive round and round the car park looking for a space.
The truck certainly seemed to be very popular as there was a continuous queue of people of all ages taking photos of themselves and others in front or at the side of it and I had to exercise a lot of patience to get my own photos without someone getting in the way. I’d only ever been to the Trafford Centre once before, about twelve years ago, on a brief visit with someone else and I didn’t really see much of it, so once I’d got the shots I wanted I went to have a look round inside. I wasn’t particularly interested in the shops, just the place in general, and with it all being decorated for Christmas I was able to get some good photos.
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At the Alpine Village outside the Great Hall
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And finally, a couple of attractive window displays at the florist’s shop on the main road close to home. I like the winged ponies – I can’t call them unicorns as they don’t have horns – but I thought the seal looked cute enough to have his own picture.
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I really meant to post these photos before Christmas but somehow writing about my Ireland holiday got in the way. I’ve just had two relatively pc-free days so hopefully if I don’t get sidetracked over the following few days my next post should be a round-up of the last twelve months – actually my computer tends to be a bit on the slow side these days so maybe I should start nowΒ  πŸ™‚

13 thoughts on “Some Christmassy bits and pieces

  1. Some wonderfully festive photographs, Eunice, and it must have been so exciting to get to see the Coca cola truck.
    I love those little Christmas villages. I could quite happily move into one! X

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    1. It was good to see the truck after seeing the adverts on tv but it would have been more exciting if I could have had a go at driving it! πŸ™‚
      I’ve been fascinated by working miniature villages for years and when I was a kid I always thought how nice it would be to live in one πŸ™‚

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    1. To be honest I don’t hold with shops being open again on Boxing Day, to me that it is, and always has been, part of Christmas. I’m on holiday from work until after New Year as the offices are all closed so I’ll be in Christmas mode until I go back πŸ™‚

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  2. I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas Eunice. The shopping centres put on some beautiful displays for Christmas, must take an enormous amount of planning and work.Have to say I like the ponies and seal in your final photos the best.

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  3. I hope you had a nice time too Eileen. I don’t know what the Trafford Centre looks like normally but it certainly looked pretty special with all the decorations, it must have taken a lot of man hours to put that lot up. The ponies in the florist’s shop are lovely and I think the seal has the cutest face πŸ™‚

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  4. Lovely photos. Places can look so different when they’re all dressed up in twinkly lights for Christmas and garden centres are great places if you want to see Christmas displays. It’s a shame your local garden centre was a bit of a let down this year but the miniature village in the smaller one is lovely. That seal is so cute.

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  5. There’s a big garden centre somewhere between here and Warrington which (so I’ve been told) has some wonderful Christmas displays and I’ve been meaning to go sometime but haven’t got there yet. I really loved the miniature village, it’s the sort of thing I’d enjoy playing with if I had one πŸ™‚

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  6. I’ve never seen the Coca Cola truck. It’s only been to my nearest town once (as far as I know) and I happened to be the other side of the country at the time.

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. All the best for 2020! πŸ™‚

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  7. I had a lovely, and dare I say it, lazy Christmas which was very quiet and peaceful – I hope you had a good one too and will have a good New Year πŸ™‚

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