Merry Christmas!

Some suitably festive decorations in my garden
Seasons Greetings to you all and here's to a cracking 2010. Like many of you, I'm taking a break until the New Year, though ABC Wednesday will pop-up on the allotted day and hour next week to see what's what for the letter X.

To send you good cheer, here's the Gower Wassail from me and the rest of the Wiltshire Wailers at Stourhead last Sunday. Update: sadly this video is no longer available :(

In the meantime until I return, you might also like to have a look at everyone's contribution for this month's festive edition of Out on the Streets. Do also follow the link if you're ready to add your own contribution to the list :)

Since September's OOTS, Leamington Spa station's garden has been voted Britain's best, Ken Livingstone has had a go at Boris Johnson over London's public spaces, Jakarta is giving its petrol stations a green makeover, Karen over at Greenwalks has been looking at street trees and National Geographic has showcased some mouth watering green roof photographs.

Last but not least, Garden Wise Guy says It's Time to Unite in the Name of Ugly ;)

Happy holidays everyone and see you soon!


  1. Have a wonderful Chrstimas, Veep.
    (the word check seems oddly festive...squink!!))

  2. Thanks, and to you too! Flighty xx

  3. Love the WD-40 in the previous post! Hasn't this been a fun year! Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New year! gail

  4. Happy Christmas to you as well, VP! Here's hoping for a great growing season in 2010. And not too much more snow for those who can't handle it. Send it here. We are a tough bunch in Nova Scotia.

  5. Love the roof garden link.....thanks!

  6. A most happy Christmas to you VP :)

  7. Happy Christmas to you too. See you again in the New Year.

  8. VP, I have really enjoyed OOTS and seeing it on everyones blog around the net. Our town only has a small building as town hall and they really don't decorate so it's been a joy to see what others have done.

    Merry Christmas and so nice to count you as one of my friends.

  9. Merry Christmas & best wishes for the New Year. I can't say I'm sorry to see the backside of the aught decade. Here's to better days for everyone - cheers!

  10. Happy Christmas - looking forward to our snowdrop spotting in Feb

  11. Loved the links you posted, especially the singing at Stourhead (one of my favorite gardens) and the "Crimes against Horticulture". You can see a lot of this type of butcher pruning in Los Angeles. I spent a day and a half "unpruning" a tree at my sisters that had been shaped like a soup can. How hideous.
    Have a great Christmas and a fabulous 2010.

  12. Happy Christmas VP - you deserve a break from blogging, I don't know how you keep up with a post every day but I'm very glad you do!

  13. Hi there VP, l loved seeing the video of your Carol singing. You all looked like you were having a great time. I was trying to guess if I could see you ;-)

    Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010 to you and yours :-D

  14. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas!

    RO xxx

  15. Hope you have a good break this Christmas and all the best for 2010.
    Cleve x

  16. A very happy Christmas to you too! I'm sitting here photocopying music for Christmas Mass tomorrow morning. Eeek, I mean this morning!

  17. Season's Greetings and a Cracking 2010 to you and yours too.

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  18. Lovely that you sang in the season! And thanks for continuing to include me in OOTS; it's always fun to see what others have been spotting while out and about too. Happy holidays to you!

  19. Merry Christmas VP! Enjoy your blogging vacay.~~Dee

  20. Hi everyone - thanks for all your good wishes and I hope you all had a good holiday :)


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