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Hi everyone. I guess you are all frantically preparing for Christmas - decorating your homes and trying to decide what gifts to buy and what food you will eat. I got off to a late start this year so on Friday I decided I needed some inspiration. So I headed to my favourite mecca for inspiration and soul soothing, Petersham Nurseries. For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, I'm a sucker for Petersham and I've done quite a few blog posts on it. They are usually highly visual posts i.e. few words and loads of images, because Petersham is all about visual stimulation. I therefore have decided that what you all need is few words and loads of gorgeous photos to feast your eyes on. Hopefully they will inspire you on how to decorate your homes and your Christmas trees and also what gifts to buy. If you are lucky enough to live in London or the surrounding area, jump in the car and head over to Petersham. Take a tray of coffee and cake into one of the glasshouses or a tray of lunch depending when you arrive. Here's my coffee and delicious apple cake. Don't you just love these vintage painted distressed metal tables & chairs?
I took my new Nikon DSLR camera this time and spent three hours practising my photographic skills. I hope you are impressed with some of them; I'm very much a beginner but I'm really enjoying the learning curve!
I hope you enjoyed that. Now it's back to the grind of lists and shopping. Bring on the festivities!
I'd love to get some feedback from you about how you prepare your homes for Christmas so please write to me and I promise to respond!
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