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.