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Radio Times, Doctor Who and yet another 'Review of the Year'

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 27 Dec 2009 at 05:30 PM

Today I have taken my blogging inspiration from the Radio Times - or to use its own self-aggrandising terminology - 'the legendary Christmas Radio Times'.  Flicking through you will notice it basically comprises three things - the classic Christmas episodes, 'Review of the Year' type shows and an awful lot of stuff starring David Tennant.  Quite frankly I'm a little surprised the departing Doctor Who hasn't turned up in a bonnet on Cranford, kicked off an argument on Albert Square or given us his best Cha Cha Cha on Strictly Come Dancing.

Anyway, it seems a little late for Christmas-themed nonsense, and I've yet to crack time travel, so instead I thought I'd look back at the most memorable bits of my gardening year with the kids... 

Best garden we visited - without doubt, Hampton Court Gardens in Herefordshire - I mean a maze with an underground tunnel leading to a sunken garden - does garden exploration get more exciting for those under 10 (or over 35)?

Best thing we planted - bulbs, cress and even strawberry plants can't compare to the excitement of the children creating their own gardens this year. Well, I say 'created', but this is very much in the manner the Pharaohs 'created' the pyramids - the kids sent down orders from on high whilst I played the part of Egyptian slave.

Best things we made - I would probably choose either the insect hotel or our mini-scarecrow despite the fact the latter looks disturbingly like ET and has eyes which follow you round the garden in a manner reminiscent of those ancestral portraits in Scooby Doo.

Biggest disappointment - obviously, this has to be our failure to win the school sunflower competition.  Still, I am not deterred.  If it took Doris Lessing five decades to win the Nobel Prize for literature, I'm sure I can wait another year for my triumph.

As an aside, I had hoped this would be a guest post written by my daughter, but she's too busy - apparently she wants to watch David Tennant reading the bedtime story on Cbeebies...


Miranda Hodgson said:

I was compelled to watch David Tennant reading The Christmas Bear after reading this. It was very sweet and quite odd to see after watching Doctor Who.

on 31 Dec 2009 at 01:28 PM

Dawn Isaac said:

It's a brilliant piece of cross marketing by the Beeb - they always have incredibly big names reading the stories and it's all rather charming and reminiscent of Jackanory.

on 06 Jan 2010 at 09:41 AM