We visited the garden centre the other day, and although there is no Christmas Grotto for the kids this year, the place is still awash with magic and wonder.
I’ve written about it before here and last year we took our neighbour and took some photos.
What is so nice about the garden centre is that you can take dogs in, and there were a lot of dogs on Thursday, all of the small variety and cuteness.
The restaurant is now closed, but there was an area sectioned off for dog owners, and we used to share cake, scone or sausage rolls with Maggie, and if we had a meal, she would have some of that too.
As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with walls of twinkling lights, magical creatures and Christmas scenes, illuminated waterfalls, flying reindeer, elves, and ideas for gifts coming out of your ears. We were looking for a garden feature in a sensible price range for our neighbour who commented that she had nothing to admire through her patio door. Sadly here was nothing we could afford, and the only thing we could was so flimsy, it wouldn’t last five minutes in a breeze, let alone the winds we get here. We did treat ourselves to a cute little robin though, so he is sitting on the shelf with the others in our small collection.
There is a wishing tree this time so we made a donation then hung a message in Maggie’s memory to everyone we’ve loved.
The reindeer are there again, singing Baby it’s Cold Outside, and Jingle bells. I still wanted to pet them. Sometimes, there really is no hope for me!
These pictures were taken on my new phone and quite honestly, so very disappointing.
Should we go back again shortly, I shall take the Nikon as it really is a magical place at the moment.