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Sunday 18 December 2011

Oh Christmas Tree!

I went to St Pancreas International Station to meet Emily off the East Midlands train from Nottingham, returning her from Uni for the holiday.

A Christmas tree that's ten metres high and made completely out of Lego bricks has been built at the station. The tree took two months to build and contains 600,000 bricks. There are more than 1,000 Lego baubles attacked to its 172 branches and according to Lego it is the tallest tree ever made using the toy building bricks. Children from local primary schools were involved in the building of the tree which rises up from the ground floor of the station.

From the top of the escalator looking down. With the Olympic Rings in the distance.

More detail of the baubles and branches. 

This poster near the tree lists 12 reasons for visiting the station this Christmas, but misses off meeting your loved ones returning home for Christmas!

Emily arriving at the barrier and ....

... by the tree.

This year I managed to get near enough to this statue of John Betjeman to take a photo and read the inscription. Last year they were filming a news programme here.

Betjeman stands on a circle of slate, which is inscribed in two rings. The inner ring is Betjeman's name and dates and the words “Who saved this glorious station”. The outer ring contains words from the poem Cornish Cliffs: “And in the shadowless unclouded glare / Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where / A misty sea-line meets the wash of air.”

The detail of the Olympic rings.
We have All three of our children home for a few weeks now. Andrew also arrived later in the evening via Euston from Manchester and Catherine by car from Twickenham.


  1. How fabulous to have your family all together for a few weeks. You have captured some great memories of the arrival.
    Sandra x

  2. What a totally awesome tree Lynn, comepletely mind blowing! So lovely to see Emily back, hope you all have a magical time together Hun..xxxx

  3. Hope you all have a wonderful time with your family round you. What a beautiful tree and St Pancras looks like a brilliant place to visit. Such an interesting place.
    I love your descriptions.

    Liz xxx


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