This is a shot in the dark post. If-you-ever-happen-to-be-here sort of post. But it's worth a mention purely because it's my hometown. It's the done thing. And you know I am biased.
We have clockwork like events, like all little towns in the UK. Carnival, Goosey Fair, and last Friday it was the Tavistock Dickensian Evening...
I went down this year and I've got to say I haven't been in years. Maybe fifteen years? That's pretty shocking, really but considering the event is pretty much a focus on local businesses, for a kid (going back to the nineties here,) I presumably forgot what it was all about like with most events around our little town. I was probably just thinking about previous ambling about in the wet, cold weather.
But oh, hey, reindeer. My (handsome, isn't he?) nephew walked around with me for a while before stopping in and seeing my sister and my niece at work.
There are steam engines, roasting chestnuts, mulled wine (free wine most of the time,) a Santa's grotto and the switching on of the Christmas lights. It's kind of a big deal, the significance that actually it's all cold and festive. Christmas is only a month or so away. The Christmas Coca Cola truck was actually in the town square a few days beforehand so I think everyone was already feeling pretty festive.
Local people show off their wares. There are Morris dancers, brass bands and jugglers. We met one juggler named Albert. It was a hoot.
Am I old because I said hoot?
Anyhow, it's all a little bit small town countryside and I've kind of fallen back in love with it a little bit.
This is our "Black Friday" if you like. Most stores have a slight discount, not crazy amounts that we see online and advertised on TV but it helps and it's a "late night" shop, most open until 9 and some even until 10 and it usually starts just before six so you can take your time meandering shop to shop as you like. You can chat with your local business owner, butcher or florist (most of whom will be dressed up in Dickensian garb.) It's all done at a slow and still somewhat fast pace; before you know it, it's over but you leave feeling a little bit better about your transactions.
But I won't lie to you, I did want to practice my low light street photography. I don't think I did too badly, but I was using one of the boyfriends lenses and in comparison to my usual kit lens, it was so heavy but it was a much faster lens so the slight arm ache afterwards was worth it to me. A few of these photos the ISO was only set to 320, I think, I'm not entirely sure how they came up at all to be honest - but overall I'm pretty pleased.
Does your town do something like Dickensian Evening in the run up to Christmas?