Well, I can conclude that it was all worth it. The last few weeks have been pretty miserable weather-wise–and I’ve missed Australia terribly–but now that Christmas is finally upon us, oh, it’s good to be cold!
Even more to the point, dark, actually. All those twinkly lights and frosted pine trees…that’s Christmas to me. There’s such an incredible sense of goodwill in the cold and dark, even in ridiculously busy shops with all on high pressure missions, packed in like sardines. Perhaps we’re just appreciative of sharing body warmth!
It’s incredible the lengths shops, hotels and other businesses go to in decorating their buildings in London. I walk around slightly blurry eyed at how heart-warming it is (actively disregarding all commercial reasons for them doing so!). It feels as though so much effort is made for all to enjoy, that mankind is brought together in a way totally unlike any other time of year.
The observant amongst you will notice that it isn’t the Thames but the river Vltava running under the very famous Charles Bridge at the top of the page. Paul and I sneaked in a trip to Prague at the weekend; somewhere I have wanted to visit for over a decade. It was my first trip to continental Europe since we’ve been back and I’ve definitely got the bug for more trips as and when we can.
Prague is a stunning city with incredible architecture, although with a high of zero degrees, definitely on the chilly side. We did visit a couple of gardens, but soon realised that the weather was neither conducive to standing around admiring them nor helpful to the plants in their quest to look their very best.
So I thought a very short post this week, showing you the best of Christmas in Prague and London, to get you in the mood for the weekend and to wish you a wonderful time with family and friends, wherever you are.
Thanks so much for joining me here throughout 2016 and I wish you a very happy 2017, when I’ll be back with many, many more gardens to come!