Well it has been a day of little light, overcast damp and still, but at least the temperature is 10c. Yesterday finishing off the Christmas shopping in Hadleigh, where they have a lovely selection of wreaths as well as the amazing ironmongers Partridges and Adnams Kitchen & Wine Store. Today a walk to the farm shop and through the village where they were selling holly. Christmas tree in the Dairy decorated and woodburner lit.
Nearly ready for Christmas - just clove oranges, tree biscuits and mince pies to make and presents to wrap! There are lots of welcoming places to go to - Kentwell Hall in Long Melford is running a Dickensian Christmas event, the National Trust has events at many local properties and there is the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols at King's College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve, though you need to queue early morning. There are also many beautiful local church services as well as welcoming pubs and restaurants
Best things about winter in the Dairy ... warm woodburner, good local food, walks and lots to do around here
The days in November have been good with warmer temperatures than usual, but when it gets colder it makes you appreciate the toasty woodburner - great to come back to after a long walk!
There are quite a few things going on locally - Long Melford has its Big Night Out celebration for Guy Fawkes Night, then there is the switching on of the Christmas lights in the local towns and villages, (in Sudbury its tonight). Bury St Edmunds has a very lively Christmas Market which is on this weekend, with 200 stalls and lots to entertain you http://www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk. Also nearby is Wyken Hall at Stanton, with its Saturday morning Farmers Market, together with the Leaping Hare Country Store (shown above) which has a great selection of local crafts and gifts for Christmas as well as a very good restaurant, the Leaping Hare http://www.wykenvineyards.co.uk