I went to the Keydell Nursery Christmas shop to see their annual display. sadly it seems as if it has suffered the effects of the credit crunch. I felt that it was far inferior to previous years There were no stuffed Polar bears (£600), life-size nativity sets (£250), or animated singing Santas (£240), the most novel and expensive things that I saw there were a conical plastic 4ft pre-lit LED Christmas tree (£384) and a half-scale resin caroling family (£145). Even the miniture winter wonderland village was a bare scrap of what it used to be. At least we were spared the more grotesque items. Electronic Bird Flu turkeys, wring the neck of your own interactive bird for only £5.99, and the decapitated singing reindeer head that sang Elvis songs, yours for only £205. Or the sensory overload that I have suffered on previous visits, though I wish that they would turn down the christmas music and at the very least give the CD a good clean, Karen Carpenter singing 'Have yourself a merry little Christmas' would sound so much bet-t-t-t-er without jumping.
So far, and perhaps understandably, there is no weblink to this years' display so you'll have to look up the christmas menu on the left hand side of the home page to make up your own minds.
And my loss of sparkle? I feel a bit low and depressed, this has happened before during the festive season, I know that we don't get the christmas that we hope for but I feel a certain fizz has already gone out of the season. I hope I can lose the blues and not suffer a Blue, blue blue christmas.