Hampshire Christmas Shopping

“The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick-maker…”

Christmas photos taken while shopping around Hampshire. I went to Ringwood in the New Forest (this is where my mother always shopped) and to Portswood in Southampton for most of my shop this year. I hate crowds and much prefer smaller places. The Victory Gospel Choir sang Carols with a live nativity scene in Portswood, but unfortunately I just caught the tale end of it (Oh! Dear – too many corny Christmas crackers!)

All the supermarkets reduced their Christmas food prices early this year, I bought mince pies (12 for 75p) so never bothered to make any of my own, cheese and vegetables with 30 – 70% off!  Excellent Brussels sprouts 29p for 1/2 a kilo.

Little donkey cast in the live nativity scene in Portswood, Southampton, Hampshire
Little donkey cast in the live nativity scene in Portswood, Southampton, Hampshire
Farm animals used in a live nativity scene by the Victory Gospel Choir in Portswood, Southampton.
Farm animals used in a live nativity scene by the Victory Gospel Choir in Portswood, Southampton.
Due to the mild temperatures this year, daffodils (associated with Spring) were being sold at the same time as Christmas Trees.
Due to the mild temperatures this year, daffodils (associated with Spring) were being sold at the same time as Christmas Trees in Portswood.
Pattersons Butcher's in Ringwood, Hampshire had orders for 375 turkeys and 325 turkey crowns when I popped in just before Christmas.
Pattersons the Butcher in Ringwood, had orders for 375 turkeys and 325 turkey crowns.
Mike Patterson the butcher. Pattersons has been in Ringwood for many generations and still considered one of the best butcher shops in Hampshire.
Mike Patterson the butcher. Pattersons has been in Ringwood for many generations and is still considered one of the best butcher shops in Hampshire.

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Patterson's Butchers', decorated for Christmas.
Patterson’s Butchers back room, decorated for Christmas.
Christmas fayre in the window of Reeves the Baker, Ringwood, Hampshire
Christmas fayre in the window of Reeve the Baker, Ringwood, Hampshire
Christmas biscuits at Reeves the Baker, Ringwood, Hampshire
Christmas biscuits at Reeve the Baker, Ringwood, Hampshire

 

Christmas lights on HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Christmas lights on HMS Warrior, Portsmouth, Hampshire.

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Dinner now eaten, presents opened, television on, feet up. Merry Christmas!

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8 thoughts on “Hampshire Christmas Shopping

  1. I love the animal pics. And (oh dear, this doesn’t follow on very well) the proper butcher’s shop. A rare sight nowadays, with most having been replaced by the meat counters in supermarkets.

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed looking through these photos! I especially love the one of the goats (I have a soft spot for goats) and the one of the goodies in the bake shop window (I have a soft spot for goodies, too!). Hope you had a very Merry Christmas. And all the best for a Happy New Year!

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