A day out in midwinter

Arbour at Hampton CourtThe ground is frozen hard as iron today, so digging impossible (thank God).

Thus had a wander around Hampton Court Palace. In summer, it’s black with tourists and makes you wish you’d brought a machine gun. In winter, delightful. Hardly a soul about.

Hampton Court PalaceWe molested swans, poked ducks with sticks dipped in dog turd and generally availed ourselves of the usual amusements of a sunny day out in midwinter.

On the way out, there was the additional pleasure of watching brain-dead, overweight holidaymakers falling on their arses on the ghastly ice rink. It looks nice in the publicity pix, but don’t be fooled: more than 10 minutes wearing the rented skates and you need your feet amputating. Plus they pack you on the (slushy) ice as tight as penguins in Antarctica.

But hey, it’s a nice day out if you like breathing other folks’ BO and repeatedly falling in a cold puddle.

6 Responses to “A day out in midwinter”

  1. altadenahiker Says:

    If you don’t change your attitude young man, I’ll cross you off my fruitcake list.

  2. Carrie Says:

    sounds like the perfect day out x

  3. Tanya Walton Says:

    I do love your jolly holiday spirit!!!!

  4. Soilman Says:

    Altadenhiker: Fruitcake list?? Is this a Cage aux Folles moment?!

  5. Jo Says:

    It’s often much nicer to visit places in winter when they’re not attracting as many visitors. Happy Christmas and all the best for 2010.

  6. Celia Says:

    How come you are wandering around having fun when you could be clearing out the garden shed, cutting back shrubs, tidying up the leaves (if not too frozen) and eating up the vegetables left over from 2008 in your freezer.