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We’ve been blogging since January 2010, about everyday happenings that bring us joy.

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“A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe.”

 

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Happy St David’s Day 2020

Nerys decided not to tell Blodwen that it was her that made the chocolate chip welsh cakes for the village get together. Well, not until they got home, at least.

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We’ll be celebrating with the traditional dried fruit welsh cakes (recipe), as well as a small batch of chocolate chip ones for the fussy members of the family. Blodwen would never approve. (How to make a welsh peg doll)

Happy St David’s Day

Santa Scramble – My Sunday Photo

Mr TTC completed his second Santa Scramble, this weekend. A 5k race through muddy fields and almost as muddy lanes. It is quite a sight to see a mass of people, dressed as Santa, racing passed you.

The weather was less than festive. My fingers were so cold and wet, that my phone refused to recognize them on my phone’s touchscreen, as I tried to take photos. I had to wait until he’d got home and cleaned up. The rest of his costume was a generous combination of torn and mud covered.

Nativity Crib Festival (Sunday Photos)

(Bear nativity scene from Alaska)

We went to St Cuthbert’s church in Wells today, to see the Nativity Crib Festival. Over 200 nativity scenes from all around the world. All loaned to the church, for this weekend only, by their owners, to fill the church.

   (Handcarved wooden nativity scene from Poland)

There were scenes made from wood, soapstone, paper, wool, soda cans, fudge, metal, fabric, china, shells, clay, even cheese. Too many to mention. Honestly bowled over by the variety. So many different styles. I saw the smallest crib scenes I have ever seen too. Another rescued from a bombed out school in Belguim/Holland, by a British soldier, during the second World War.

(Recycled paper nativity scene via Traidcraft)

Each scene had a handwritten note beside them, letting us know where they came from, how they were found and a number of lovely stories, such as over-enthusiastic dogs that had slightly mauled the scenes over the years.

(Turkish nativity scene)

We all loved the festival. Everyone had their favourites. It reminded me of walking around the Presepe shop fronts in the centre of Naples, at this time of year. So much to look at. The creativity and passion put into each piece. Also a lovely antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping going on in the street outside.

(Nativity scene from Zambia)

I am definitely feeling the mixture of festive vibes and peace. This was a fabulous display and I hope it is on again next year. Thank you, St Cuthbert’s.

(P.S. If any of you have seen the movie Hot Fuzz, you might recognize the church, which was used for the fete scenes.)

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