2 Dec 2019

A visit to Castleton, Derbyshire


Yesterday evening on the first Sunday of the Advent season I lit the Advent candle on the wreath that I made using greenery from the garden. There's much to think about at this time. We were shocked by the news of the London attack on Saturday.  We have a grandson who is a drama student and immediately we thought of him as he can be anywhere on a study assignment in the heart of the city.  In fact he was at a drama workshop in a theatre near to where the terrorist incident took place.  Apparently all the buildings in the area were in lock down for many hours until it was thought safe for people to leave.  Thankfully he was able to let his parents know that he was safe and well. I continue to hope with all of my heart for a more peaceful world.
Today we decided to go to Castleton to visit the Christmas Tree Festival in St Edmund's Church which has become a tradition for us since we've lived in this area.  It was a bright and dry day and it didn't take long to get there and in fact we were a little early for the opening up of the church so we went into the inn opposite to have a milky coffee and a warm mince pie.







I left Mr P in the warm inn and had a stroll around the churchyard. He joined me in the church later.








As usual there were many Christmas trees each one decorated by local organisations such as those associated with rock climbing, caving, geology, rambling, care support, arts and crafts, education.






The models under this tree represent a ceremony that takes place in May when a garland of flowers is paraded around the streets of Castleton before being hoisted up onto St Edmund's Church tower.


The famous Blue John mineral mined in Castleton and other rocks and minerals were on display.








I asked about the Advent Wreath and a volunteer came and lit the Advent Candle Christ Light for me.



the children's corner






After our visit to the church we had a quick look in the windows of the little shops along the high street which I'll post next time.  The top of the highest peaks were covered in mist so we didn't drive through Winnat's Pass and instead turned around and went back home the way we had come.

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  1. Wow! What a lovely atmosphere!
    Love the cross-stitch composition.
    Enjoy your Advent time, Linda.

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    1. I'm glad we were able to visit Castleton and see the Christmas Tree Festival as the trees are decorated differently each year. Thank you Luisella. Have a good week!

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  2. What a great day out! Castleton is a gem in itself with all the beautiful countryside around. The tree festival is a great idea, so warm and colourful and a great way to start the run up to the festive season. I have to say that I like your Advent candle more than the one in the church. 😊

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    1. Castleton in the High Peaks is a favourite place to visit. The drive there is a scenic one and so a good time was had out-and-about. My Advent Wreath was improvised using a twig ring and a copper wire support ring for the greenery which was bought cheaply from the local florist :)

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  3. I love Castleton and especially at this time of year. The George looks so cosy and festive and the church so warm and welcoming too, the trees, displays and crafts look lovely. I'm so glad your grandson was safe and that he was able to let his parents know he was okay. Your own advent candle is beautiful:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. Our grandson is enjoying all the opportunities he is being given at his academy of music and dramatic art. We hope and pray that he stays safe as he travels around. We decided to go to Castleton as the weather was suitable and we took things slowly. There were ice warning signs in places along the road, but we didn't encounter any adverse conditions on the winding lanes. I'm glad we were able to get to the Christmas tree festival as it's only on for a limited time.

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  4. happy to hear your grandson is safe. my friend who lives in Wisconsin, said they had 3 school shootings in the past 2 weeks, all different schools and all 3 were schools her children, now grown attended as children. and then you show us all this dazzling beauty in your photos and I have to remember, the world is still beautiful and still there are people who create all this beauty, like those trees that are amazing.... you started with a sad story but by the end all is well... gorgeous photos

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    1. There are tragic things happening everywhere and we are more aware because of instant televised news. Sometimes an incident can involve us personally and it makes us remember life is precious. We can give thanks for all that is good and beautiful in our world.

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  5. Wonderful tree festival and a lovely way to start the Advent season.

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    1. A scenic drive, a walk around a village and a visit to see the Christmas tree festival in the church was time well spent :) Thank you for coming by Ellen.

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  6. This is indeed a 'rich tapestry'. What wonderful series of photographs you walked us through - I would have liked to have joined you :)
    Diana

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    1. It was a pleasure to take you around the church to look at the decorated Christmas trees done so beautifully by the local groups. You get a good sense of community togetherness from such an event. Thank you for visiting me at my blog Diana.

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  7. What a lovely place and The George looks just GREAT and cozy...
    Beautiful pictures!
    Have a happy week, take care :)
    Titti

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    1. Thank you for visiting and leaving a kind comment. It's good to hear from you again. All the best :)

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  8. This is such a lovely post - love your wreath you made from greenery. It is so special. I'd love to visit Castleton - well honestly almost anywhere in the UK. I've never made it.

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    1. It was satisfying to make the Advent wreath and a meaningful way in our home to prepare for Christmas. I hope one day you get to the UK, Carol, as you would enjoy some beautiful places.

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  9. Your Advent wreath is just beautiful and such a wonderful tradition. Castleton had a lovely feel to it. The trees in the church all looked so festive. I am sure it helped to get you in the mood for the Christmas season. And I loved those stained glass windows. I am so sorry that your beautiful country is suffering another attack. I thought of you when I saw the news, and I am thankful that your grandson is safe. This are difficult times but this season of light reminds us that God sent his son to overcome the world. I pray this advent season will continue to be a time of blessing for you.

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    1. Thank you, Gloria for your thoughts and prayers. We have been at home these last few days as I have not been well so I'm thankful we were able to go to see the Christmas tree festival in Castleton. May the Lord bless you. John 14.27

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