Brown bin subscribers have been ending the festivities by putting out their real Christmas trees. Some of the trees look majestic and could have been kept on until the end of January. However, after fulfilling their festive duties, the trees will be collected, composted and sold to local farmers.
Outside, temperatures dipped, and in the late afternoon, fine snowflakes flew about. One Christmas Tree still shone at Annie’s Tearoom, next to the palm trees.
Thanks to Daniel for this picture of the Memory Tree.
In south Abingdon, near the marina, a tree is decorated with Christmas decorations and messages to loved ones. Many of the messages are from people who have missed loved ones who have died.
These messages have been on the tree all Christmas; today’s wind and rain knocked a few down.
Further along the river bank, a cuddly panda sat alone in the rain. The panda and the memory tree both seemed sad. Even sadder was a hearse that stopped for a few moments by the River Thames, with the word, DAUGHTER, in flowers by the coffin.
A giant Christmas tree has become a festive landmark along Picklers Hill in Abingdon.
Picklers Hill is next to South Avenue, the estate that first did advent windows in Abingdon, and they have another good display in 2023.
Day 10 was ‘Batman Saves Christmas after Joker steals presents – the Abingdon Press.’
Day 24 is a nativity scene.
Not long to go. Its is 22:36 and the bells of St Helen’s are ringing, calling people to the Candlelit Midnight Mass.
Clare has been watching advent windows being revealed in Exbourne Road and was particularly impressed by one by Roz and Faith that shows a silhouette of our County Hall.
I walked that way this evening and saw some of the others. They are on the ground floor and easy to see. Some are more for daytime viewing.