An English Country Christmas

Photo by Ben Quinton

Even the most reluctant anglophile finds it hard to resist the charm of spending a holiday season in the UK.

“The reward for our morning ramble is a pub lunch near the trail’s end. We arrive at The Old Dog flushed from the cold. Inside, however, it’s blissfully warm, more like a friend’s living room than a restaurant. Children’s hats and mitts dry by the fireplace, while their pint-size proprietors sit nearby, siphoning the whipped cream off the tops of hot chocolates. Parents and grandparents in rubber boots and heavy sweaters squeeze onto wooden benches strewn with caribou pelts. There are dogs everywhere, some pulling at leashes, others asleep at people’s feet. This is the stuff Christmas carols are made of.”

From Hemispheres magazine

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