Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas!

Merry Christmas and a happy 2013 everyone.  Here are some of my own Christmassy pictures and I hope YOUR Christmas is wonderful!



Some young probationary choristers at Southwark Cathedral, S.E.1


Baubles at Fortnum and Mason, Piccadilly


Festive fish 'n' chips in Stoke Newington
 

Presents are so exciting!


Do you think there could be rather too many chocolate santas here for just one person?


The fuschia plants in this Hackney garden were well guarded.


Yesterday we left Kensington Palace at twilight, walking through the formal gardens in silence, with twinkling lights and a wonderful hush fallen over the park.

PS As I haven't been much at my computer lately, I've only just noticed that I've been included in the Sunday Drive in As The Crackerhead Crumbles, a great blog which I advise you to check out! :)

61 comments:

  1. An ecclectic Christmas collection. Hope your day was merry and bright.

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  2. The charming smile of the little choir boy wrong my heart. And NO, there can never be too much chocolate.

    Merry Christmas, Jenny and a very happy new year.

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  3. Lovely Christmassy photographs...thank you.
    Have a wonderful time.

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  4. Merry Christmas Jenny! Love the sights of your Christmas and no, there is no such thing as too many chocolate Santas ;o)

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    1. I agree on the chocolate Santas. ;)

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  5. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. Joyeux Noël xo

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  6. A Happy Christmas to you and yours, Jenny! I love these glimpses of Christmas you've shared with us.

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  7. There can never be enough Fish & Chips or chocolate Santas fo me! Thanks for sharing the festive photos and have a wonderful Christmas!

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  8. Too many chocolate Santas? No....

    Merry Christmas!

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  9. Merry Christmas :-) Lovely pictures!

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  10. I hope you and your family have a safe and very Merry Christmas. Take care.

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  11. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Jenny.
    I have been busy this year. Hope to visit you more often next year!
    Your Christmas is so beautiful!!
    Green Tomato

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  12. Wishing you a delightfully merry Christmas and a rip-roaringly happy New Year that will bring you much inspiration and rewarding travels to share on your blog.

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  13. Happy Christmas Jenny, I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  14. Lovely photos !The young choir are very sweet.
    For me, yes, there can be too much chocolates but if they are the marshmallow Santas dipped in chocolate I can be persuaded to eat some !

    Have a lovely Christmas.
    cheers, parsnip

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  15. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Jenny!
    The picture of the park is enchanting, I would have loved walking there with this magic kind of lighting.

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  16. Happy Chritmas and new year, Jenny! I love your photos here. Very evocative!

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  17. Excellent Christmassy pictures, Jenny. The first is my favourite. Sending yuletide greetings your way.

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  18. Have a wonderful Christmas Jenny. Love the pics.

    Anna :o]

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  19. Nice selection of photos... Merry Christmas to you!

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  20. Very festive!

    Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas.

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  21. Best wishes for a joyous Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

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  22. Have some great tips of how to find increduble places for inspiration:
    northern lights.

    I've followed yoi with GFC, it'd be great if you follw me back.

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  23. Merry Christmas and happy holidays Jenny, to you and family.

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  24. what a magical bit of christmas you have had so far...i hope the rest is just the same...smiles...merry christmas!

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  25. Merry Christmas Jenny. And no - you can never have too many chocolate Santas.

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  26. Jenny,
    I love all of you photos. They are lovely, happy Christmas sceneries. Especially "Presents are so exciting!" made me smile many times! I felt happy too.
    This is the time to share warmth and kindness and good will.
    keiko

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  27. Typical and nice pictures. Thanks.
    Merry Christmas!!

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  28. Thank you for these beautiful bits of Christmas. I hope you're having a magical one!

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  29. Ha. Mamma's already said it. There can never be to many chocolate Santas or chocolate anythings for that matter.

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  30. I wrote a comment but i seems to be lost
    It was extremely witty and quite wonderful.....
    but mostly it said Merry Christmas.

    Have a lovely day...
    cheers, parsnip

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  31. Dear Jenny,

    What a wondrous variety of Christmas photos. Capturing the very essence and the magical ambience of this time.

    A Happy and positive Christmas to you, my friend.

    In goodwill and peace,

    Gary

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  32. Dear Jenny,
    Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
    Heidi

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  33. Loved your Christmassy photos Jenny. Wonderful - Dave

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  34. Happy Christmas, Jenny - do hope it's peaceful for all of you.

    (Many years ago I had to do a school project on monasteries and went to Southwark Cathedral - and was invited to use their library, where I could study an original copy of Mayhew's Life and Labour of the London Poor - smelling of old paper and some of the pictures fading, but, at only 17, it was magical. I can't think of Southwark Cathedral without hearing the rustle of turning those old pages.)

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  35. Happy Boxing Day, Jenny, and I hope your Christmas was wonderful. I'm finally catching up a bit on blog buddies and looking forward to scrolling down your posts!

    I have a very romantic (and possibly unrealistic) idea of Christmas in England -- as one of the kids said at the table: "England? That's where they invented Christmas!" And I've always thought that if I traveled at the holiday, that would be the city to visit. The lovely photos in your post did nothing to dissuade me of that idea! Beautiful. Merriest of Christmasses to you.

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  36. Jenny, it's so strange for me seeing the blooming fuchsia and Christmas! What a weather!
    All the best to you in coming 2013!

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  37. Thanks for sharing these beautiful images! Merry Christmas & Happy Boxing Day! Oh, one can never have too many chocolates!

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  38. Merry Christmas my dear friend, your entire extended family. My wish for next year is full of illusion and all your dreams be fulfilled. A big hug.

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  39. Oh yes, I actually met Crackerhead a while back, being featured too- he does have a cool blog! What a sweet smile in the first photo- your Christmas time photos are awesome, and yes that garden is protected very well- the best frosty ever too! Great post- so happy you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  40. Loved all these wonderful photos. We hear the choir singing, but never spare a thought as to what it takes to make it into a professional choir....such dedication on the youngsters part....good for them!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.

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  41. All of your photos are special Jenny but the first one captured something truly spiritual. Thank you for sharing it all.
    May the new year be kind and bring all things wonderful to you.
    R.
    x

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  42. I'm hopelessly late! Oops. My only excuse is that New Year is a much bigger deal in Japan than Christmas.

    I hope you had a great Christmas, Jenny, and here's to a wonderful 2013 with lots of happiness, adventures and stories!

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  43. Wish I could hear that choir. Thanks for the great images. Hope your family had a wonderful Christmas and I'll take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year.

    Darla

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  44. I'm even later than Rurousha! I hope your Christmas was happy, indeed, and that the New Year brings great joy!

    By the way, there is no such thing as too many chocolate Santas.

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  45. Perhaps fish and chips are what Santa sustains himself with as he makes his arduous journey around the globe? I understand there's an especially good chippie quite near the Milky Way....

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  46. I was on a computer vacation for several days, but I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. And--no--one can never have too many chocolate Santas. ;)

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  47. Hi Jenny! Blessings to you and yours this Christmas and fast approaching new year! Hope you mum is feeling better and enjoying the festivities of the season. I've been missing in action in Blogland since Thanksgiving and am only now catching up - with a post today - and blog reading tonight!

    Thanks so much for posting such fun shots of random English Christmas this and thats. Very enjoyable! I especially liked the young man in the paper crown. I do crackers every year on Christmas eve dinner and this year we hosted two couples for dinner. They had never heard of Christmas crackers and had a great time with them. One of the gentlemen cheerfully wore his crown through the entire meal! They used to be difficult to find here in the states, but have become easier to get in some shops - and we have an English tea room in town so she always has them! I love introducing folks to the tradition!

    Anyway - take joy, milady - blessings!
    Kathy

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  48. Glad you had such a nice Christmas (even if it was a wet one!). We were here for Xmas too and I like the fact that London is empty. Pure bliss.
    Have a good festive season!

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  49. Some great pics! Have a Happy Holidays!

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  50. Good pics as always!
    I hope your Christmas week was enjoyable.

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  51. Have a wonderful New Year!

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  52. Christmas was wonderful, and I hope yours was too?
    I adore the handsome little choirboy in the first photo!
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  53. Very festive! Santa must be a Fish & Chips fan. Happy New Year to you!

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  54. I just wanted to pop by and wish you the happiest new year. May your 2013 be full of blessings, laughter, and happy surprises. Thank you for being a blog friend and a joyful part of my life.

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  55. these photos are great--makes me want Christmas back again--happy new year---and i will have to check out that blog!

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  56. Thanks for your wonderful and interesting comments. I appreciate so much all the lovely messages and return them with knobs on (as we used to say at school - rather oddly, now I come to think of it) :D

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  57. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed all the holidays and the chocolates! I mentioned to you how much we were entertaining several times a week over Christmas. Well, you can imagine all the different guises chocolate appeared in on our table. It didn't help having two wonderful french patisseries right downtown for me to sample for each party's dessert. I have been trying to run/dance it all off this past week! Unfortunately, the "lifetime on the hips" phrase seems to be accurate.

    Your first two photos are so timelessly English. For young people in America whose only conception of the English is Harry Potter, those images completely support the perception! I do miss England. Oh, and congratulations on getting listed on the other blog!

    I'm still trying to figure out the expression "return them with knobs on" ...

    Jenny

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