Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter Solstice

With a sunrise of 8:05 am, and a sunset of 3:56 pm, it was definitely the shortest amount of daylight I've ever experienced. (Baltimore's day was 90 minutes longer.) I've always wanted to travel to Norway, but not at this time of year!

Today we walked to The Lightbox, located along the south side of the Basingstoke Canal. Woking's newest gallery and museum just opened on September 15, and we waited until Erin returned to visit the Animated Adventures of Wallace and Gromit. The French Market was back in town for the weekend, so we loaded up with a variety of cheeses from the town square, added a few more ingredients from the mall, and had ourselves quite a feast.

Tonight I returned to the town square to attend Christ Church's International Carol Service. Now in its 3rd year, readings and songs were performed in Xhosa, Mandarin, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Persian, Armenian, Nepali, German, Urdu, and French. Wow! The congregational carols were sung in English. However, some of the tunes were different, including Away in a Manger and O Little Town of Bethlehem. By the way, we'll probably come back saying Beth-lee-hem....

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