Monday, 6 December 2010


Yesterday, I was singing carols around a baby-grand piano (and eating far too much pastry) during a glorious afternoon spent in London.
Hurtling by train through the foggy and still-frozen snowy fields of Hampshire - I was amazed to be greeted by bright blue skies and sunshine the minute I arrived in Canary Wharf.
And when I stood on the terrace of my friends' apartment - it looked and felt as if I was on a luxury cruise-liner, headed for some balmy destination.
It was also an extremely inspirational day - because this is exactly the kind of achingly-cool urban penthouse in which one of my heroes would live.
Look in the distance and you will see Renzo Piano's controversial Shard which is in the process of being built.

And here's the Christmas tree in the dining room. Quel view!

And the best carol?
Silent night, probably (especially the verse sung in German).
Or Good King Wenceslas (sung in parts).
But every one of them gave me the requisite lump-in-throat-now-where-on-earth-did-I-put-my-tissues?

What did you do which was inspirational this weekend?


  1. my weekend was no where as glamorous as that gorgeous view. I've 4gotten how beautiful Canary Wharf can be

  2. That view is magnificent, Sharon. It sounds as if you had a lovely time.

    I found inspiration at the wedding reception of two good friends. It was no small affair - 200 guests at Chicago's Peninsula Hotel, but it had the feeling of a much more intimate occasion. I've never seen a more beautiful selection of flowers at a wedding. The lights and the view of the city at this time of year is absolutely breathtaking.

    But it was the words of love and encouragement expressed during the Best Man's speech that I found inspirational. The Best Man was the groom's father. I know all about that lump-in-the-throat, Sharon. There wasn't a dry eye in the room after the heartfelt speech.

    It was an event that I will remember for a long time to come.

  3. When were you in Canary Wharf, Joanna?

    And Dan - that wedding really sounds amazing. Why was the best-man also the groom's father -there must be a story behind that.....?

  4. My personal favourite is god rest ye merry gentlemen. I purchased an xmas CD this weekend, songs by Nat, Deano, Frank and Bing!


  5. Ooh, that sounds fantastic, Patch - would love to hear it! x

  6. Sharon, the groom has no siblings. He and his father have always been very close. His words: "I have some great friends, but my dad has always been my best friend."

    I've known the groom for a long time and it's true. He and his father have a very special relationship.

  7. I've put a link above to the Aussie version of "Jingle Bells"

    Altogther now

    'Dashing through the Bush
    In a rusty Holden ute
    Kicking up the dust
    Esky in the boot...'

    J x

  8. Thanks, Jack - the link is BRILLIANT (If anyone wants to see it, just click onto Jack A Roo, above).

    And the dog sitting in the front seat of the car is grotesquely funny!