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