Yesterday, after a foggy frosty morning…
… we had a rare visit from the SUN, which has otherwise stayed well hidden during November.
So I went for a walk downtown.
These photos were taken around 10:40 am, so as you can see, the sun does not rise very high over the horizon now, even when it does show its face.
If you’re wondering what that round structure is, it’s a new building they’re working on in the Town Park. When finished, it’s supposed to be an Orangery with an all-year-round café (to replace the summers-only outdoors café that was there before).
In the late afternoon, I went back into town again, for the town’s official Tree Lighting Ceremony. This is not just about the Christmas Tree in the main square, but a number of trees in the park are lit up too.
… Approaching town …
A procession with torchlights and brass music starts from one of the bridges connecting the park and the town centre.
Drumroll… Tada! Everybody together now: Awww…
And on we march, along the river and towards the main square.
When I walked back home afterwards, around 5 pm, I got another view of the lit up trees in the park, and their reflections in the river.
All in all a great start to getting into the “Christmas spirit” for all of us who appreciate that (even if today the weather is back to grey and wet again).
Myself I also used the sunny day yesterday to get my own chain of Christmas lights up on the balcony.
Next Sunday is 1st Advent Sunday, so in the week to come, I’ll also start putting up my other traditional decorations indoors.