I think this must be the first week of 2017 without scaffoding signalling the upgrading of residencs on Windsor Road, seemingly one by one. I imagine the deadline for each project is the week before Christmas at the latest. And this year, I’d say most of the properties display a wreath on their front doors — not two of these alike. In honour of the effort, I’ve taken photos of them, ‘collaged’ them and shared these on social media, including the Facebook Page I manage for our road. I can’t imagine our street ever being quite as lovely as those Victorian terraces of Chelsea or the Alberts in Richmond, but I think we’re getting just a little bit closer.
Every year I design a Christmas card — I’ve been doing this for around 20 years. In the past this has often been a photograph of my girls, the beautiful decorations of Covent Garden or Regent Street or the festive decor of local sites. This year Kew Gardens erected a platform next to the pond which sits in front of the inimitable Palm House. Since this was festooned with garlands and colourful bulbs, it made the perfect setting for my 2017 Christmas card. Happy Christmas to all my blogpost readers!