It’s now Christmas. Officially. Today the lights were switched on in the village. We wrapped ourselves up in hats, coats, scarves, gloves and extra socks and walked down to the market hall. As we arrived, flakes of snow were gently falling and it was a truly beautiful scene. There were stalls. In particular there was a penguin tombola. Five tickets for a pound! Any ticket ending in a 0 or 5, and you win a soft toy penguin! Miss 7 thought this was great, and had a couple of goes. We now have a collection of eight, yes, eight, stuffed penguins.
It is an example of why this is such a lovely place to live. The pub put on some free mulled wine, sausage rolls and mince pies. Lots of local people came out and brought their children to see Santa, and receive a gift.
The village really is pretty now. There are trees all down the street, beautifully lit. We will have to get our own decorations out soon. I have always decorated quite late – the last day of school seems about the right time, but since being here that makes me feel like a real Scrooge. Everyone else puts on such a lovely show, it seems a shame to have an unlit house for that long.
The one thing that is a shame is that (according to rumour) the village shop failed to sell at auction a couple of days ago. The shop closed last weekend, so now I really can’t run out of milk between supermarket trips! The shop originally came on the market at £450,000 and has gradually had its price reduced. I last saw it advertised at £300,000. I’m amazed it hasn’t sold yet. It comes with a four bedroomed, medieval house. It has an unused bakehouse (original ovens still there, apparently) which could be developed. It is in the middle of a fantastic village. Come on someone! Come and be a shopkeeper here!