Post by cheerypeabrain on Nov 15, 2019 18:40:33 GMT
It's THAT time of year....the shops here have been rammed with yuletide rubbish since September. I went to a large 'Garden Centre' recently...most of my local HUGE Garden Centres here are full of this cr@p these pics were taken in one small area of the display...it's quite alarming...expensive too!
this strange santa thing was taller than me...the body was balanced on some sort of sprung frame so whenever you walked by it the whole thing started bobbing about...most disconcerting...there were severa placed around the store...creepy.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Nov 18, 2019 20:50:34 GMT
It was busier than it looks, altho much quieter than at the weekend. Here it tends to be a slow burn...the shopkeepers will all start complaining soon about lack of sales until around December 20th when all hell will break loose. The shops say that they are busy with lots of customers but are not actually selling much. A lot of youngsters are waiting for Black Friday, and people do seem to like to check products out in-store before buying online!
Thank you Cheery! I do enjoy the shops so much more during the Christmas season even though I am no longer much of a consumer of Christmas decorations (perhaps the occasional box of Christmas balls to give the tree a different color scheme) but I like seeing new ideas for decorating. Being able to see what is offered in different countries is also fun.
My first Christmas shopping excursion last week ended with a strained knee! I have no idea how I did it, just not paying attention I guess, but it left me house bound for about a week. I finally got out yesterday and felt well but I was sure to walk carefully, I have too many things to get done for that to happen again any time soon!
Post by cheerypeabrain on Nov 28, 2019 16:46:17 GMT
Out crimble shopping again on Monday...went to a place called Wistow out in the countryside. There's a garden centre there and a few arty-farty shops selling boutique nonsense. Took a few snaps.
Yesterday we did the grocery shop. We couldn't get through to our usual supermarket due to an accident closing the road...so we went to TESCO....a vast 2 story monstrous place....took a few pics there too. The big glittery square decorations are supposed to be presents. Very odd.
managed to pick up some reasonably priced coffee beans to go with the coffee grinder that I bought for one of my sisters,
So a few Xmas pics from Hereford city. These are all in the “old “ central part of the city, which is a mainly pedestrianised square and the streets leading off . I will post some from the new part, which was built on the site of the old cattle market , at some later point. We don’t have any shopping malls and we don’t really have any major stores – just small versions of M&S and Debenhams . Window displays from some larger chains were very disappointing overall. Eg Boots had just a big sign advertising Black Friday. How did that become part of UK Xmas life? Marks and Spencer are touting their merchandise for children based on the theme of Frozen 2.
So of course as a Graunty and a Grandma in waiting I had to have a look at it inside, mostly nightwear.
But Marks and Sparks basically survives on its food sales so of course that was advertised in the window too.
Greggs had made a little effort too,
Here are a few pics of the main square and the streets leading off it,
The omnipresent golden arches,
The Xmas tree in the main square encourages exploration of the many independent shops,
As ever eager to please … here are a few of the independent shops and their window displays
Understated statement from a barber shop
And from an up market women’s clothes’ shop and an artisan jeweller,
To give you a flavour of this part of Hereford, let’s wander down the streets and have a look around,
This part of the city leads to the cathedral – no need for any extra lighting here so far, ??
And yes I discovered that the cathedral ( at least currently) laughs in the face of any Xmas type of decoration and instead rests on its laurels,
The rain may have been an absolute pain but it helped me to capture these reflections,
Anyway walking back up to the square along Broad street, past our very small library and a hotel that had once been very grand , then fallen on hard times recently given a new lease of life by local investors.
Final stop for now - I made my way to the Hereford Bull, a statue next to the Old House which has been given its own festive make over with a light show playing around it. Unexpectedly I passed a helicopter, I wonder if any lucky person will be getting one of these in their stocking this year ?
Post by cheerypeabrain on Nov 30, 2019 10:01:52 GMT
Fabulous pictures lugg... you live in a very beautiful area. The decs are very tasteful too (Leicester city council tends to go for gaudy ) The Paris mall decorations are lovely too Kerouac.
I accompanied my son to a hospital appointment yesterday, passing through town on our way home after dark we saw the city decorations lit up. Wish I'd taken my camera! However on 10th December I'm meeting the 'Blood Bank Survivors Guild' (retired ex colleagues) for our traditional hot chocolate followed by a wander around the city centre so I shall take photos then
Love the latest photos. As others have noted, the rainy streets add a pleasant glow to the night colors. Well pleasant at least for me watching in a warm, dry house. It all looks quite correct to my eye.