Christmas shopping in Exeter!

(Gail’s report on the shopping trip to Exeter)

Yesterday’s ‘not-just-Christmas-shopping’ trip to Exeter was a great day out.

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We had an easy trip up and arrived earlier than expected. The weather was extremely kind to us and in between shopping we were able to sit around the cathedral green and do some people-watching.

Look at all those full shopping bags!
Look at all those full shopping bags!

The Christmas market was as enticing as ever, with the cooking smells of a world of foods wafting in the air.

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Even if you aren’t a keen shopper, you’d enjoy Exeter. The city is steeped in history and you can discover all sorts of interesting buildings.

We were able to meet up with former member Maureen Fordham who was on good form and who sends her best wishes to all the Crowlas & Ludgvan members.

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A good day was had by all!

(Thanks for the photos as well, Gail!)

The day we went to Ex’ter

Twenty-eight Crowlas & Ludgvan WI members and friends travelled to Exeter last Thursday for some Christmas cheer and retail therapy.

The weather was mostly kind, despite some heavy rain in the early afternoon. Serendipity played a part; some members met old friends by chance and lunched with them; others of us had a clearly mapped-out plan which included (surprise, surprise) a visit to John Lewis. I think all of us strolled around the Christmas Market, held on the Cathedral Green. On offer were saucissons from France and bratwurst from Germany, pastries, mulled wine and crafts ranging from ironwork, woodwork and leatherwork to beads and candles.

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Visits were paid to the library and the Cathedral itself, these provided a welcome physical respite as well as a bit of mental stimulation!

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After a late afternoon departure from Exeter, we had a speedy journey home, thanks to Robin Tweed, our able driver.

It was a splendid day. “Didn’t we have a lovely time, the day we went to Ex’ter?” Although there was no cuddling with Jack on the way back and cider consumption just didn’t happen – we are the WI, after all!