After Christmas Sale Bargains

  

Despite the fact that we live in a fairly small market town and that many of the shops weren’t even open yesterday, Alan and I got some good bargains at Lilliput’s and a couple of the charity shops around. The first things we bought in the sales were more Christmas cards at 50% off the regular price. I like to be prepared and thought what better way than to get the cards I didn’t get earlier this year since I already had a ton and use these next year? I still have some leftover from this year but as my list seems to grow yearly it’s always good to have plenty on hand. Also, chocolate, one can never have too much chocolate. 

  

Our local home goods shop was having a sale as well and since we’d been eyeing a wintry duvet set for a while we went in to see if it was included in the sale and BARGAIN! It was and we got it plus a couple of other things that at full price would have cost us £30 more than we actually paid for them. I rarely like to pay full price so for me these were well worth it. 

 

after christmas sales bridport

Lots of lovely bits from Lilliputs…


What sorts of bargains do you seek out after Christmas? Or do you not shop at all in the days after the festivities? Normally I don’t shop after Christmas sales but our local shops had such great bargains that they should definitely not have been missed. 

Cheers!

Nadia xoxo

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Photography by Nadia M. Perez Bugler 

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My First #British #Christmas 

  
I took a couple of days off blogging to fully enjoy the holidays and experience my first British Christmas and I must say that while I love American Christmas celebrations, thr British do Christmas just as well if not slightly more family oriented. 

On Christmas Eve, Alan and I did some last minute shopping and also pre-cooked the ham we’d bought from our local butcher’s Balson’s. It was the first time either of us had cooked a ham from its raw state and I was super excited at the prospect of this. It’s much easier than I though! 

 

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Our ham was too big to fit in one pot do we boiled it in two chunks.


We also had a nice nighttime game of Scrabble before heading to bed to wait for Christmas morn.

  
Christmas morning I received a few goodies from Alan in my Christmas sock…

   
Alan and I spent Christmas Day with his folks here at their home where we are living temporarily and just had a fabulous day of it. We cooked a lovely breakfast together of Brioche French Toast topped with a dusting of icing sugar and mixed berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. So delicious! 

   
 
We opened a couple of gifts before cooking dinner. Our tree looked so lovely the night before…

 

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gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve

  
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Christmas Eve shot of the tree.

 
British Christmas

Christmas tree selfie

  
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Posing with one of the gifts I opened…

  
Our dinner was scrumptious though slightly less traditional. Since we’d had a turkey back in November at our Thanksgiving celebration we’d opted for having a ham which worked out well with the rest of our food. 

 

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Cooking pigs in a blanket and carrot & swede mash.

  
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Our table spread with everything including Christmas crackers.

  
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Our delicious Christmas meal of Cola & Mustard glazed ham, roast potato & parsnips, carrot & swede mash, braised red cabbage & apples relish, pigs in blankets, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce , and bread sauce.

I’m already looking forward to the next Christmas! The bad cracker jokes, watching Christmas specials on the telly, playing scrabble with my hubby, it was all lovely! 

Here are a few silly Christmas hat pics because they have to be done! 

   

  

  

  

What was your Chrismas like? Do you have any interesting out of the norm traditions? 

Boxing Day was spent at my brother in laws opening more gifts, eating good food and watching movies and shows. 

We returned home yesterday and went for a walk around town a bit. Today we will be going out to watch the new Star Wars movie so expect to hear my reaction tomorrow! 

Cheers and Happy Holidays! 

Nadia xoxo

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY NADIA M. PEREZ BUGLER
  

Christmas in Lyme Regis: Lights and Window Displays

christmas in lyme regis

 

Ever since I was a child I always loved looking at the lights and window displays in shops and around the towns/cities I lived in. Coming from America a Christmas display was always a big deal and I still remember the magical feeling of seeing New York City all ‘done up’ for Christmas and all the local shops in the towns I’d lived in decorated plus the light displays at the houses along the streets. I’ve been enjoying seeing the lights in Bridport, my new home, and thought it would be interesting to see what one of my favourite coastal towns, Lyme Regis, had done for flair during the festive season. So off Alan and I went today to see as well as become battered by the strong winds when we stopped at the Cobb…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

One of my favourite cottages near the Cobb had its windows all done up.

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Aren’t they magnificent?

Lyme Regis at Christmas

An oddly large fairy at the Harbour Inn window…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Just as the dark was about to set in…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Looking up the High Street.

Lyme Regis at Christmas

In total darkness, lights all a flicker…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Such a lovely winter wonderland in his display…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

White animals with a blue lit tree…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Lyme’s lovely tree…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

A bit dark but you can just see my hubby with the tree…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

And then he had to take one of me…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

One together for posterity…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Best fudge in town! Loved their red and blue lights!

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Christmas trees forming an arch way…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

The best kind of light, natural light from the moon lighting up the sea…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Looking back up through the small path toward the High Street…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Just a night-time scene…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Hubby enjoying the view…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

I think this was my favourite display by far on the High Street…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

The other half of that display…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

And being on the Jurassic Coast, who could forget some dinos?

Lyme Regis at Christmas

A Christmassy T-Rex…

 

#Christmas in #Bridport: A Glimpse into December’s Late Night Shopping Tradition

 

Christmas in Bridport Dorset

A couple of weeks ago on 9th December, Alan and I went to Bridport’s Late Night Shopping where the majority of the town’s shops stay open later than usual and there are stalls down along South Street as well as fun fair rides for the children and an appearance from Father Christmas. We headed out into the evening a little after it had begun but were able to see and experience the full effect of everyone out having a good time. We even saw a few friends out enjoying the evening, had a coffee from Soulshine Cafe and bought a few things from some of the local shops for the festivities.

I love seeing the town brimming with people and as it is my first Christmas here in Bridport I was happy to snap a few pics to show everyone how many lovely folks were out and about that day.

Christmas in Bridport

Walking down West Street heading toward the activity.

Christmas in Bridport

Frost’s “XMAS” light display above the shop front windows.

Christmas in Bridport

The tree in Bucky Doo among the hub bub of people and stalls…

Christmas in Bridport

Looking down South Street at the people and stalls…

Christmas in Bridport

The Hot Chestnuts stall and two townies…

Christmas in Bridport

People and the fun fair rides in the distance…

What sorts of Christmas traditions do your towns hold? Does Father Christmas usually make an appearance, does the Salvation Army Band come around? I’d love to know what other places do to get into the holiday spirit!

Merry Christmas!

Nadia xoxo

 

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#Christmas in #Bridport: Lights and Window Displays Around Town

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Trying to settle into a routine and get organised after the whirlwind that was my recent permanent move to the UK was a lot more involved than I initially thought it would be but here I am, AT LAST, getting another blog post in. I am hoping to do a bit more consistent blogging in 2016. There are a few changes afloat for Alan and myself and I have to say I am looking forward to them and to sharing some of what we are doing with you all. This is my first British Christmas and I have been having a blast seeing our town come alive in festive wonder. This past Sunday evening we went out and about for a short walk and I had a fun time looking at the different windows and displays around town so I thought I would share a few of my favourites from the evening.

Polar Bear light in Frost's Window Bridport Dorset

Polar Bear Light in Frost’s Window

T. Snook Bridport

Menswear and Hats display for Christmas at T. Snook Hatters in Bridport

T. Snook Hatter Bridport

The ladie’s hat display at Snook’s

South Street Bridport

Christmas for your pets, Pet supply display on South Street

Bridport Arts Centre and Bucky Doo Square

A Christmas greeting from the Town with the tree in Bucky Doo Square just outside the Bridport Arts Centre.

The Book Shop on South Street Bridport

The Book Shop’s Display on South Street has some beautiful winter books on display with their subtle lights.

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Trees and lights on South Street shop fronts

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The nature shop’s pretty display.

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I love the trees that adorn many of the buildings on South Street and the lights in people’s flat windows are lovely too!

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Merry Christmas on South Street.

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Read’s has some fabulous displays…

Read's bridport south street

The other half of Read’s display might be my favourite!

Bridport south street town hall

A look down South Street at the red face of the clock on the Town Hall.

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Looking the other direction down South Street.

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Bridport Music’s display.

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Lovely snowmen!

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Toy Master from across the street.

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I just loved the subdued lights on this tree just barely lighting up the sign…

south street bridport

Merry Christmas from Toy Master!

I’m curious to see all your towns and cities at Christmas! Are there any interesting traditions your towns have during the festivities? Next time I will share with you some photos from the late night shopping night in Bridport a couple of weeks ago.

Merry Christmas!

Nadia xoxo

 

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY NADIA M. PEREZ BUGLER USING AN IPHONE 5S. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ©2015 Walks in Beauty