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December 3, 2012

We’ve had a busy, enjoyable weekend and managed to start our Christmas present shopping too!

On Saturday we were up and out early as the sky cleared and headed to Rode Hall Farmers Market at Scholar Green. It was the first time my lovely hubby had been able to come with me and he was amazed how popular it is as we joined the queue of cars heading down the long drive to the Hall and grounds.

Mistletoe man at Rode Hall

Mistletoe man at Rode Hall

The market was already packed and buzzing helped along by the mistletoe man’s good spirits and that of other stall holders as they were busy with Christmas shoppers. There were bakers, farmers, butchers, cheesemakers, brewers, English wine, wreaths and weavers.

We met a lovely young lady from Singapore selling different flavoured teas presented in beautiful little tins and we also met an enthusiastic young couple called Adam and Marinha who own the Delicious Sauce company. The sauces are truly delicious and contain no additives, are gluten free and no added sugar either. We’ve already enjoyed some of our Chilli Jelly and look forward to buying from them again.

The Wincle Brewery stall was popular with the men and they were keen to tell people about their location and water source as well as the variety of their beers.

Wincle Brewery Stall

Wincle Brewery Stall

We headed back to the car loaded up with goodies but were glad we have a 4 x 4 as others struggled to get off the boggy fields and we drove off easily without the tow that others required later in the day.

From there we drove round Cheshire searching for a container grown Christmas tree. We had a stop off at the Kenyon Hall Farm cafe for some home made soup on our drive. I should have done some research on the Internet before we set off as it became a bit of a tour but finally we found what we wanted – albeit a little smaller than planned we hope we can nurture our little tree – our first real one for years – and replant it to reuse again in the future. Fingers crossed on that one!

The evening was shared with my son and daughter in law who cooked us a lovely dinner of steak with a mushroom and mustard cream sauce, rosti potatoes and spinach and I provided a Nutella Cheesecake for dessert.

On Sunday we visited my parents for lunch and got their Christmas tree set up for them. We had the Christmas music on with them and were watching their garden with interest as they have had a group of moorhens return for the fourth winter. Until they had them in the garden I didn’t know that they roost in trees – I thought the were like ducks and had to sleep on the ground!



We headed home to see my stepson who always arrives on one of his bikes – even in this frosty weather. He is cycling mad and always planning his next cycling trip!

We weren’t over hungry by this point in the weekend but enjoyed our Mrs Bourne’s mature Cheshire with chilli jelly, olives, stuffed peppers and crackers for supper.


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