I’m going to be busy on Xmas Day

AlanDear Friends, the curators’ office Hampton Court this week has felt a bit like a sinking ship as one by one people have come into my room to say, ‘Well, I’m off now for the holidays.  See you next year!’  I’m clinging on to the bitter end myself, having already had my holiday skiing a couple of weeks ago.

But even I won’t be there on Christmas Day.  That’s because I’ll be busy popping up on your screens and airwaves.  (True story: a lovely old chap of my acquaintance once said to me: ‘I phoned you up last night.  Then I realized why you couldn’t answer the phone.  You were in the bath!’  Or at least I was, on his television.)

At 3.10pm on ITV (yes, that’s directly after the Queen’s Speech, tra la la) Alan Titchmarsh is exploring the creatures and history of the garden at Buckingham Palace, and I believe I shall be making an appearance or two to give him a hand.  Here we are dressed up for the Garden Party we attended last summer.  (I couldn’t help laughing at the Tweeter who said that Alan in this picture looks like ‘a butler with a seedy past’.)  (Sorry, Alan.) (Yes, of course you’re right, Alan, it wasn’t funny at all.)

And then at 6.30 on BBC Radio 4, I shall be reading aloud from my teenage diaries, and the very amusing Rufus Hound will be teasing me about how outrageously geeky I was (and indeed am).  I really hope they included the bit where I described my little brother doing the ‘woodpecker dance’ – I know he’s looking forwards to that.

Happy Christmas.  Just one final link: to my seasonally-popular article about dead robins and other Victorian festive cheer.

 

16 thoughts on “I’m going to be busy on Xmas Day

  1. Dave Witzke

    Happy Holidays from Canada!

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  2. Ray Hunter

    Have a great day, take care,t and a Happy new year to you and he who never gets a mention, from Bournemouth……

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  3. john harding

    Lucy, thank you for this heads up: great news that we’ll be seeing and hearing you over Xmas: greatly looking forward to this. By the way – excuse aged ramblings – in the BM’s Ming exhibition there is a 15th century depiction of a giraffe that looks rather like the beastie you drew years ago and you shared with us-obviously the Ming had not heard of copyright!
    hoping you have a super, fun and very happy Xmas & that 2015 is a wonderful year for you & yours – healthy, happy and filled with good things.

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  4. Kitt Noir

    Sounds good! Merry Christmas! 🙂

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  5. JerryW

    Happy Christmas to you, Lucy. I hope 2015 is as successful as 2014 has been, or more so..
    I am deeply impressed by anyone who is prepared to read aloud their teenage diaries.. surely there must be serious editing involved

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  6. Castor

    Enjoy your holidays, and forevermore may all your beaks be gilded……..

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  7. Diane Patyjewicz

    Merry Christmas to you too!
    Happy New Year!

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  8. richard wilson

    Saw you on TV ontario in canada and think you are the most interesting person ever. Smart, beautiful and classy. Definitely have a crush on you!

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  9. O O

    Have a great time Lucy. I love seeing you on TV. You are so knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm no matter what the programme is. Keep up the good work please.

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  10. Dean Rowell

    Your enthusiasm is very inspiring. Best wishes Lucy.

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  11. Gary Pilkington

    Crickey ! Lucy, I can imagine you have a very busy schedule but do you ever have a day off ?
    Hope you managed to celebrate a little of the festive season ?
    The very best for 2015

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  12. Chris Hough

    A happy Christmas to you and yours I have once again enjoyed your TV programmes this year Your infectious enthusiasm for your subject is always to the fore long may it and you continue. Recieved If Walls Could Talk as a present can’t wait to read it . Iam looking forward immensly to seeing you and Dr Sarky as a double act.in 2015

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    1. Chris Hough

      Whoops! An unintended Freudian slip it should of course be Dr Starky!

  13. Robert L

    Great work Lucy . Hope to see you more on TV

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  14. Gary Pilkington

    Lucy, I can imagine you have a very busy schedule but do you ever have a day off ?
    Hope you managed to celebrate a little of the festive season ?
    The very best for 2015

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  15. An

    Love the programme, love the pale blue dress. Would you mind telling us where it is from?

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