Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’


Somerset Christmas

January 2, 2017

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

cathedral sanctuary with vaulted ceiling and scissor shaped arch

Wells Cathedral

We had a very pleasant Christmas week in Somerset. It wasn’t snowy, but we did get a couple of frozen days with fog and frost. Rupert took us to Bruton and Wells.

coastline and wooden pier

Clevedon Pier

We roamed around Clevedon on Christmas day.

poster for theater performance


Boxing Day involved going to Weston-super-Mare to see the pantomime. The cast was talented, but a pantomime is an acquired taste. I think you have to grow up watching them to find them enjoyable. Per Wikipedia: “Modern pantomime includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy and dancing, employs gender-crossing actors, and combines topical humour with a story loosely based on a well-known fairy tale, fable or folk tale. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.” It also involves popular songs with rewritten lyrics and a baking skit involving pie in the face.

TIntern Abbey medieval stone ruin

Tintern Abbey

We went up through the Wye River valley stopping to see the Tintern Abbey. It was a very cold day and everything was beautifully frosted.

medieval cathedral on a foggy day

Hereford Cathedral

We stayed overnight in Hereford meeting with more friends. The next day we were off to Ledbury and caught a train to Oxford. One night in Oxford was too short, but we tried to make the most of it.

medieval church

St Michael at the North Gate, 11th century


Somerset – part one – 109 photos

Somerset – part two – 76 photos

Somerset – part three – 14 photos

Tintern – Hereford – Ledbury -Oxford – 328 photos


Merry Christmas Everyone

December 25, 2014

Posted by Kanga. Please do not rebog.

red and white Christmas tree







Mall Decor

January 14, 2014

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

holiday castle mall display

I think the Al Ain Mall may have won the holiday decorating competition.

Snow White and Seven Dwarves in front of a fantasy castle


Christmas Balls

January 3, 2014

Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.

shopping mall decorated for Christmas

We didn’t check out every mall this season, but there seemed to be a theme of huge Christmas balls.

shopping mall decorated for Christmas

Below is my favorite tree. The carousel horses were moving around the tree.

Christmas tree decorated in gold and silver surrounded by carousel horses

Each year Christmas is more prevalent in public. It is gaining acceptance, because it is a shopping holiday.


San Francisco Christmas Stroll

December 24, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

Saturday evening we took a stroll in downtown San Francisco to enjoy the sights.

4 men playing steel drums on a street corner

An excellent steel drum band was providing atmosphere.

animatronic display of figures skating around a Christmas tree

The figures skating around the tree in this window display included a skating dog.

large lighted tree with red star at the top

Union Square was all decked out.

five story building with wreaths in every window

Macy’s had a wreath in every window.

window display with a Christmas tree next to a staircase

Tiffany had tasteful decorations in the windows.

cable car

A San Francisco cable car. I found it interesting that there is the sound of horse hooves clopping. It is the sound of the cable under the surface of the street. It beats against the conduit and sounds like horses.

Maru Sushi restaurant

Then we looked for dinner and chose Maru Sushi. It was quite delicious.

window display of Victorian people with handbags

There’s a bag for everyone in this store.

travel case that contains two dog bowls

Even the dog.

snow man and Christmas tree window display

It was a pleasant, cool, rainy evening. Helped to improve my Christmas spirit.


Happy Festive Celebratory Season

December 15, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

plastic grocery bag printed with Merry Christmas, Santa, and trees

This is the plastic grocery bag from an Indian store in an Arab country. Christmas isn’t overbearing, flashing everywhere, blaring from speakers, and assaulting us from every media source, but it is nice that no one objects to “Merry Christmas.” No war on Christmas here.

[And, yes, that is Oliver sitting on the bag because, just by spreading that bag out, clearly I was making an invitation for him to sit on it.]


Christmas is in the Air

December 11, 2012

Posted by Kanga.

blue sky with fluffy clouds above rugged hills

December is here and the weather is beautiful. Here’s what the weather stats are like.

weather prediction statistics

It is Christmas at the malls. Every year the decorations are new. I wonder where the old ones go.

huge Christmas balls huge in the shopping mall atrium

Christmas trees in the mall covered in lights

Nice, subtle decorations.

more Christmas trees covered in lights

With the “cold” weather comes the winter wear. These are not just meant for wearing in Ski Dubai. People wear them outdoors.

store window with manikins dressed in winter clothes

I took the picture below just for the little, understated number in the middle.

store window manikins

Once again it seems that the manikins have been partying too hard.

store window with manikins that have lampshades on their heads