This month has gone so quickly, I can’t believe it’s Christmas in less than a week. Life has been full of activity, as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun!
I’ve been in London to see the Christmas lights round Oxford Circus, Regent’s Street and Covent Garden as well as having a look at the window displays in Selfridges and John Lewis. My favourite part was seeing the Norwegian tree in Trafalgar Square of course, I’ve never seen it up close before and it was just magical. It was as tall as my house!!
John Lewis window displays
Selfridges window displays
Covent Garden Christmas tree
Me with a snowman!
Trafalgar Square Christmas tree
I also went to Kew to see the illuminated trail they have around the gardens at Christmas time. It was stunning, there were Chinese lanterns strung along the pathways, the trees were lit up with different coloured spotlights, there was even a ring of fire! I loved the fake lotus flower that was hanging from the ceiling of the Waterlily House, and the Palmhouse when it lit up and flashed shades of blues, reds and pinks. It was like a disco!
More lanterns along the lake
Ring of fire
A tree and the moon!
Lotus flower in the Waterlily House
I visited Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire where they had a special display of light around the gardens too, six light installations that were created by Bruce Munro. The displays were unique, there was one called “Parliament of Owls” it really looked like there were a hundred owls staring at you with big glowing eyes!
The Parliament of Owls!
Another light installation
There has been so many festivities to get involved with at work, at the start of the month me and the team had the tricky task of putting up two 14 foot high Christmas trees in Ashridge House. It was an interesting experience, everyone knew what they were doing apart from me – the biggest tree I’ve ever put up is a 5 foot one at home!!
Before. . .
. . .and after!
The garden team at Ashridge hold an event every year in December, called Santa’s Grotto. Basically we go mad and decorate Repton’s Arbour in the arboretum, with garlands, wreaths, fresh foliage, and tons of fairy lights and presents (a whole morning was spent wrapped empty cardboard boxes with Christmas paper!).
Repton’s Arbour, turned into Santa’s Grotto!
Then we get together and dress up as elves, with another person as Santa Claus, and we spend an afternoon taking children up to see Santa. It rained on us this year but it didn’t dampen our spirits – the kids were adorable, it was such a rewarding experience. I genuinely enjoyed being an elf!
Me as an elf!
We went out as a team for a Christmas meal at a lovely restaurant in Berkhamsted last week, it was a three course meal all paid for by Ashridge. You can’t beat free food! The night was great, it was fun just having a laugh with my colleagues outside of work, definitely a night to remember.
I’ve just about had time to decorate my flat here in Hertfordshire, with two delightfully tacky fake trees – one is black, the other pink! Christmas doesn’t get any better than this! I’ve also spent time making Christmas cards for my close family and friends, listening to Christmas songs at the same time of course!
My Christmas trees!
I have a fortnight off for Christmas which I will spend at home in Devon, it’s going to be wonderful to relax and catch up with people I haven’t seen since I started my new job. Being so far away from the ones I love makes me appreciate every moment I spend with them, I can’t wait to see everyone in a few days time. In the words of Chris Rea, I’ll soon be driving home for Christmas! 😀
My hand made Christmas cards
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