Our First British Christmas

On December 24th we both worked until 1130am. We got home after work and packed our bags for Christmas weekend. 

We headed towards Lincolnshire to spend Christmas with our friends who generously invited us to celebrate with them. Our other friend Plant Based Nurse happened to be going home for Christmas and so he was able to give us a ride close to Lincoln on the way to mom's.

We got to our friend's place around 8pm. We caught up since we hadn't seen each other since June. Then we took the dogs for a walk around the Cathedral.

 The Cathedral looks so beautiful all lit up in the evening.







 It was a lovely Christmas eve stroll.

We went back to their place and continued chatting into the wee hours of the night.

We got up the next morning and took the dogs for a walk through the cemetery. Our friends mum also joined in on the fun.

Nativity scene.

 It was a lovely Christmas day. Perfect for a walk. The squirrels came out to greet us.
 We went back to the house, had some festive drinks and relaxed.
 Bucksfizz drinks to start us off. Thats Sparkling wine and orange juice.
 We also made Nog for everyone. England doesn't seem to sell vegan eggnog, so we had to make it ourselves!!! The recipe for the one we made is here. We suggest adding extra dates if you like your nog sweet!

Our friend made us all an amazing Christmas dinner.
Tofurky sausage, stuffing, carrot and swede, cranberry, brusselsprouts, Yorkshire pudding, veg, gravy.
 It was all fantastic. After dinner we hung around and digested. We skyped home to our families, then watched a movie before bed.

Boxing day we got ready and headed to Sheffield.
Time to get up sleepy head!

 It took about an hour to get to Sheffield. Our friends watched a football game, while we toured around Sheffield. Our friends are season ticket holders to Sheffield Wednesday. We considered going but the tickets were too much for us to afford. We were happy to explore Sheffield though.

 We found the cathedral!

 We ended up walking in a huge circle around Sheffield, and back at the Cathedral.

 So we went inside.


Polar bear

 The catherdral had some beautiful windows.
 After we left the Cathedral we ate the lunch that our friend packed for us. (Leftovers!)

We went into Lush and took advantage of their 50% off sales. Then we made our way to Costa to have a hot drink and warm up. We picked Costa because they don't charge extra for soy milk like other coffee chains do. (I'm looking at you Starbucks) We normally go to independent coffee shops cause we're cool like that but they were all closed for Boxing Day. 
Chai Latte and Cafe Latte
 After we left Costa we had an hour before we had to meet our friends. We walked around the high street and looked at shops.

 It gets dark quite quickly in the winter. We had a 20 minute walk to where we had to meet our friends. Luckily it wasn't hard to find our way in the dark.



 Sheffield seems like a nice city. I don't think we saw all of it so it just gave us a little taste until we return again.

The next day we helped our friends take their dogs for a walk. We walked to the Lawn and played a little bit of fetch with the three dogs. Afterwards we walked around town a bit.


 We were walking around Cathedral Square which includes the Cathedral and Lincoln Castle.

 Here is one of the entrances to Lincoln Castle. Last time we were in Lincoln we went inside but not this time.

 Lincoln has a old wind mill that still makes flower. It was closed but we got to sneak a peek from outside the fence.

 Pretty sweet wind mill.

 After walking the dogs we hung out at our friends place and watched a movie (or film as they say in England). At 530pm they drove us to the meeting point where our friend Plant Based Nurse picked us in order to give us a lift back to BHAM.

 We decided to stop and take a wander around the Castle in Newark.

 The castle is just a wall. That's all that's left but it is pretty cool to see. The lights are a nice touch.

 It was dark and difficult to get a good shot of the castle.

 See how the castle is just a wall now? There is a river on the otherside but we couldn't get a clear picture being so dark and the spot lights were shining from down below on the river bank.



That's it for our Christmas trip to Lincoln. It was a nice Christmas with our friends and although it was tough to be away from our families on Christmas we were lucky to spend some quality time with our friends and enjoy a nice Christmas dinner together. Thanks guys and merry Christmas.

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Comments

  1. I would love to visit here. The cathedrals are beautiful. Your pictures capture their beauty well

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  2. Sounds like a great Christmas! I love that you guys into the Cathedrals - you always have such beautiful photos of them, and those windows were really lovely.

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    1. Yeah Cathedrals always seem to have amazing architecture.

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  3. I love the Cathedrals in Europe. They are so beautiful and timeless. The architecture behind them is so interesting and exquisite.

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    1. Such beautiful cathedrals in Europe. Especially in England.

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  4. The Cathedrals (and the lattes) looked amazing. Thanks for sharing this. Looked like you had a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. We had a great first Christmas abroad.

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  5. Sheffield does look awesome. And I absolutely love the cathedral. Its just gorgeous in there. I miss being in England from my little time there. I hope to go back someday in the near future.

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    1. Sheffield was a pretty cool place to explore. Hope you make it back soon!

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  6. se manifique views and vibes! great photo journal and descriptions! makes me wanna get on a plane right now lol

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    1. Thanks. We love documenting our lives. Do it! Go travel.

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  7. It sounds and looks like you had a great first Christmas there! I love that you were able to walk around and see the inside of the beautiful cathedral.

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    1. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays without our family.

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  8. Lovely experience with friends. These are the bet times and your pictures are lovely, I love the light it lends to the festive season.

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  9. Wow what a beautiful experience this would be! Such a beautiful cathedral I would love to see that!

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  10. I love your posts. Those cathedrals are gorgeous. Stained glass is one of my favorite art forms.
    You always manage to find the best vegan treats all over the world too! I am not a huge Tofurky fan though (I like their deli slices but I mean their "holiday meats"). The sausages are okay; I would probably opt for those too over a "Tofurky," but I'm always trying to come up with homemade alternatives to the "main meat." Haven't really been super successful yet. Luckily I'm Cuban so I can just have congri and yuca for Christmas dinner and be happy!

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    1. Tofurky has a few good things. We prefer just lots of veggies. There are lots of alternative products all over the world.

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  11. I always enjoy reading your post and learning about your "adventures". Love your pics!

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  12. Wow It really look an amazing Cathedral and I want to go there and see it in live. Glad that you share this with us

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  13. I am not much of an architecture guy, but after seeing all the cathedrals in your pictures, they look so amazing. I am always amazed by all the details that people put into these structures.

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    1. They are pretty amazing. You should try and see at least one!

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  14. So majestic!!! I always love places like this!

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  15. I'm from the Uk and actually not far from these places. It's interesting to hear opinions of them from others. Guess I take it all for granted!

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    1. We always take where live for granted. That whole 'the grass is greener on the other side'

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