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Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Blog, Video

And that was Xmas 2K14…

Long time, no blog…

Yep – sorry ’bout that, Christmas gave me loads of time to make videos, less time to edit them and no time at all to blog about them.

I’m only just beginning to return to normal schedules after all that and start the catch up missions that have to go on so that YouTubes and blogs align…

So many lights

Petersfield's xmas lights

Petersfield’s xmas lights

For as long as I can remember, one of the best things about being alive has been all the lights. And the more twinkly and sparkly they are, the more I appreciate them. No shame in that, but for gods’ sake stay away from fruit machines…

Anyway – in my quest to capture shiny things on camera Christmas has really really helped. Not only did it bring me a GoPro4 to replace its predecessor (lost at sea) and a decent new camera pole, but also the opportunity to go Aerogliding my way around almost perfectly deserted streets – just how I like them :)

Who’s winning ?

Colourful...

Colourful…

As I got to see and film so many lights, it could be argued that I am !

But in general, the standard of Xmas lights this year has been decent. Grayshott’s are always very good, both Winchester and Chichester’s efforts looked great, Godalming was even better. Only Guildford was rubbish. I mean really bad.  And unfortunately, I didn’t get to see Portsmouth’s in time.

So well done Godalming, which wins the Aero J ‘Lights of the Year 2014′ Award for its massively tasteful cascade of silver blue sparkles over everything, that proves you don’t need to be stringing stuff across the road to put on a winning show.

My home town Petersfield came in a close second with an equally tasteful display, perhaps it would have won if the top 3rd of its xmas tree hadn’t fallen off about an hour after it went up. They did fix it a while later, but Godalming’s really were something beautiful, and so many of them :) I think they should rename it ‘Lothlorien’.

This is how you do it…

...and this... isn't.

…and this… isn’t.

The best of both worlds

Although I was lucky enough to have a lovely festive holiday with my parents, I also got to be on various High Streets at times when nobody else was, which suits me just fine. To find Godalming deserted at 9 pm on Boxing Day was perhaps to be expected – but I really wasn’t expecting to have all of Guildford to myself on Xmas Day afternoon. That really is very rare to find the entire high street deserted in daylight. Of course people rocked up as the afternoon turned to night, but for one golden hour (and it was golden hour as I remember!) I was on my own in a christmassy ghost town, as having the best time airwheeling my way up and down the lonely cobbles and smooth sidewalk paving, which is very good for that sort of thing…

Here’s Guildford, Part 1, which is nice because it’s not yet dark enough to be ruined by their xmas lights.

And, very much enjoyable as that ride was, I kept going until well after dark, and you can see that bit here. Try and ignore the lighting.

And here’s Petersfield’s early efforts again, in case you missed that the first time round…

See you next blog, when we’re having a crafty glide round Godalming college, you know, while we’re there…

AeroJ