This wonderful creature fluttered in from Derby to join the fireside host of angels, thanks to Donna. I don't officially have her name but I think I know. She is such a character and it looks like she knows something about our weather and came prepared.
Thanks so much Donna for sending her to me, I love her already!
Last week we visited several, very different, smaller, Christmas Markets, all so different to the ones in the bigger cities.
This first one was in Bleckedde and was only a one day event. There were braziers where people sat around on hay bales keeping warm and toasting various items of food. I can't imagine with all our "Health & Safety" rules that this would ever be allowed in England but it really did create a great atmosphere.
Just below the Christmas tree the little one in the day glow safety jacket can be seen with her parents on the way to take a ride on the carousel. Part of my lovely family!
Lots of little craft stalls selling handmade wares.
The animals were a great attraction for the children.
On to Deerberg, which is a lovely country shop, and they held light festival with lots of entertainment, crafts to make and take and crafts to buy. Waffles, gluehwein, sausages and lots of treats for a very small price.
Here's the leather craftsman below...
Wrought iron goods being made to order..
Lights and mists on the lake surrounded by the craft tents...
Unfortunately this fantastic creature, below, scared the living daylights out of the little'un so we had to move indoors to the shop where I bought myself a nice new dress for Christmas.
On to the Mediaeval Market where we were greeted by this gallant knave who needed a charity donation before we could pass...couldn't refuse him now, could I?
These pretty damsels were selling black bread slices spread with what we in England would call dripping... looked like lard and on the right my DD's MIL relished buying a slice or two to take home.
Still a few more pics saved for another day but looking again at this group makes me realise what an experience I enjoyed besides sharing quality family time.