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Saturday, 19 December 2009

Pause in Advent

The nativity over the door at Salisbury Cathedral

I have no words of wisdom for you on our last Pause for Advent post but just some photos taken last Sunday when we went to Barrington Court for lunch. Having just returned late the night before from our trip to Paris we finished off with a Christmas lunch at the restaurant there thus we needed no shopping on our return. Since our time in France where the shops are closed on Sundays we determined not to revert to our custom of shopping on a Sunday but to keep it as a day of rest.

Even in the wintery sunlight the garden was lovely. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and returned home well refreshed by our little holiday.

Wishing you all the peace and joy of this season and a wonderful 2010 to follow.


  1. awww I love love love that picture of the little house in the garden! It'a marvel!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Lovely selection of peaceful images Jane. Thick snow here topped with ice and the sun is shining. My dodgy back is stopping me going for a walk - too near Christmas to take a risk.

  3. We don't shop on Sundays either. In fact, one of the nicest Christmases I ever had was when we hired a cottage in Britanny for the holidays. We had a job to even get a chicken for the Christmas lunch and the supermarkets just didn't "do" the mass consumerism thing. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
    Cathy x

  4. What a lovely place to have lunch Jane, and the photo of the cathedral arch is a stunner.
    I hope you feel better after your dose of the lurgy - at least you've got it out of the way before Christmas week. I so agree about Sunday shopping. We try not to but have been caught out on the odd occasion!
    I am SO envious of trip to Paris and those photos are great. I like the idea of a guide -we muddled through with a guide book and school French and missed so much! Good thing you didn't go this week with all the problems with Eurostar ...
    Wishing you every joy of the season and a very happy 2010. Jeanne x

  5. Jane,
    Lovely photos of Barrington Court. Used to go there a lot as we have family nearby. I remember they used to have a beautiful 'white' garden in the summer with lots of herbaceous delights. Loves the photo of the winter foliage and envy you the lunch! Lesley

  6. I agree that it's really good to have a proper day away from the shops on Sunday - do you know that Sarkozy is trying to introduce Sunday shopping? Sometimes it's good that the French are so stubborn! Keep fighting this one, friends!

    Thanks for what you wrote about that young lady on my post today. When you asked what you might do for her I immediately thought of L'Armee de Salut - the Salvation Army. I read on a blog that they have opened abandoned Paris Metro Stations as shelters for the homeless, and then our deacon mentioned them to me today as well, so they are on my mind. Perhaps you could make a donation to them..?

  7. Jane, what a lovely location... the walled garden immediately brought to mind the childhood book, 'The Secret Garden'. I have loved that story ever since the first time I read it. I so wanted a secret, walled garden of my own where I could do a little digging and experimenting in the earth--a peaceful, private place. Sunday shopping--oh yes. More than 20 years ago here in the states--in my former neighborhood, we voted on whether or not to have Sunday shopping. I voted against it, but to no avail. Commercialism and materialism is the god of America. I think we are finally beginning to tire of it--just in time as the country is going broke... At any rate, I say give people a break from working 7 days a week. Can't we purchase what we need by Saturday? One of the Ten Commandments (not 'suggestions'), is to 'Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy'. Peaceful photos and I am glad you had a nice time in Paris.

  8. What lovely photographs - I think the winter light and winter landscape can make stunning photographs. Whatever the reason, yours fit that category. I so want to see these gardens. Love the name of your blog too.

  9. What you say in your post is so right, Sunday to many now is no different from any other day of the week. Although convenient sometimes, it still doesn't seem right somehow.

    Lovely pictures!

    Kate x

  10. Delightful pictures and greetings. Merry Christmas to you as well. :)

  11. The photo of Salisbury Cathedral takes me back to the summer after I graduated college - my mom and I took a trip to England and forever fell in love. I am still plotting my move; alas, I have been unsuccessful as yet. You have a lovely blog, I will add myself as a follower, and I would very much appreciate it if you would stop by mine and let me know what you think. I'm always trying to make it better, and love to get comments from more established bloggers. Happy New Year!


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