Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

We made it to Preston this afternoon after a very eventful morning at Woodbrooke. At 5:30 AM we were awaken from our deep sleep by a fire alarm. We quickly got dressed and scooped up Sierra and walked downstairs. The few Woodbrooke staff who were left directed us to the backyard of Woodbrooke in the dark. After about 20 minutes, the alarm was turned off. The alarm was tripped in an unoccupied room so they don't know what caused it. After breakfast, we headed back to our room to finish packing and once again the alarm went off. We bundled up again and now knew right where to gather with the rest of the staff. Again another false alarm in another unoccupied room.

The house we are staying at was drawn on a map in 1435. It has been updated to include three stories. The kitchen was added in the 1920s when the town got electricity. It has beautiful stained glasses windows as well. We'll try to take some pictures later.

Tonight, we headed to St. Mary's for a crib service at 5:30pm. Florence and Ben joined Sierra, Tim and myself at the service. They were ringing the bells as we entered. The church had a very large pipe organ as well. We sang many carols and watched the children put on a nativity play told from the animals' perspective.

Sierra and Florence have been having a grand time playing all over the house and getting to know each other. They were both ready for bed tonight at 8:00.


Grandma Rosie said...

Christmas eve in Lacey!!! Snow, slush, ice and more snow..but we ventured out with a few prayers that we wouldn't get stuck in the middle of Stikes attempting to get to a road that has been plowed! Attended the nearest church (Assembly of God) and enjoyed the music and message. Then home to Stephanie's clam chowder and our oyster stew. The Christmas carols remain special, no matter what country or church you are attending. We talked with Dale tonight and it sounds like Oregon has the same weather and road condition as here. Glad Sierra has a little friend with whom to play. We miss you,but know you are having many exciting experiences! Merry Christmas and looking forward to your call. Love, Mom

Grandma Rosie said...

PS Tim, have you had a chance to listen to Alvin and the Chipmunks or did you inadvertly leave the CD in Bellevue!!!!!

Auntie Stephie said...

Hmm sounds like some English spirits were having fun with the electrical wiring. That is what you get when you stay in a house 300 years older than your birth country. Atleast the alarms systems are working.

Quiet Christmas eve here, the tradition of no oyster stew still lives! Though there are a couple huge ones still left if you want us to freeze them for you? And we have been giving cookies away to anyone we can think of just to ease the consumption load. Tried the pfefferneussen which were really good. Mom will tell you all about them. Make sure you write down the really English recipes so you can make us something traditional when you get back. Had any curry yet?

Happy Christmas!

Burdick family said...

We are glad to hear the usual traditions continue for Christmas eve. We will try and find some traditional English recipes to bring home. Ben says there are some good curry restaurants both here and in Birmingham, so we are sure to try one soon.