|Tuesday, December 4th, 2012|
It's housebling season again, so please do post any suitable pictures here. I don't know if I can successfully link to this picture from facebook, but it's quite an amusing one, so I'll try: here!
|Monday, February 23rd, 2009|
I should have gone and reshot this in the evening when the lights were on, but you get the idea:
|Sunday, February 22nd, 2009|
|Friday, November 28th, 2008|
House bling season is upon us again! Here is a very poor picture of ship-bling - featuring HMS Warrior in Portsmouth Harbour:
|Sunday, February 10th, 2008|
Is it too late to post some bling from my Christmas in Arkansas? I feel faintly ashamed of myself for my behavior here last year, especially since you guys have posted some amazing stuff.
With permission, I'd also like to post some Very Special Bonus Grannybling:
Thank you for your time and attention.
|Sunday, January 6th, 2008|
|Sunday, December 30th, 2007|
|Friday, December 21st, 2007|
The house with 10,000 fairy lights
Christmas-crazy Alex Goodhind paid for workmen to dig up his road and lay an industrial power cable to supply a display of 100,000 fairy lights.
Electrician Mr Goodhind, 23, used so much power he was unable to boil a kettle if his festive lights were switched on.
So he paid £700 for Southern Electricity to install a factory-strength 145amp power line to ensure fans of his annual display would not be left disappointed.
Mr Goodhind spent five weeks putting up the lavish decorations, which will add £500 to his electricity bill over the three-week festive period.
This year, he has spent £2,000 on additional lights to the delight of his daily crowd of 300 visitors.
'A lot of local organisations make minibus trips to see the lights. But we don't mind the popularity because it gives so much joy to so many people,' Mr Goodhind said.
His father Colin, 57, said: 'Alex started putting up lights when he was about ten, although as it got bigger we did start to feel a bit embarrassed. 'But now we have come full circle and ended up loving it.'
The display in Melksham, Wiltshire, raises £3,000 a year for a local hospice.
|Wednesday, December 19th, 2007|
|Tuesday, December 18th, 2007|
Northwest London Bling
As promised to gleet
here is some London house bling. As you know the London house bling is generally a less overwhelming phenomenon than one might find outside the capital. However, there are still some prime examples of illuminated Christmas folly. This one is from West Hampstead NW6.
What can't be picked out are the range of figures along the front wall, which play songs and offer festive greetings to passers-by. Luckily not too loudly; I can't imagine the neighbours love it.
|Monday, December 17th, 2007|
|Wednesday, December 12th, 2007|
Taken with, I'm ashamed to say, a camera phone. Location: not far from gleet
, spotted fortunately or unfortunately depending on your perspective as a result of a wrong turn.
|Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007|
|Sunday, December 31st, 2006|
From last christmas.
I still haven't been out with the camera yet this housebling season. Here's one from last year, in Portsmouth:
|Thursday, December 28th, 2006|
Ignoring the fact that offensive_mango
has tried to spoil our fun by applying her American standasrds round here, I give you this, which I saw just round the corner from my sister's house over the Winterval period:
My crappy camera phone doesn't really capture it in all its glory. The most notable missing detail is that the blue and green blobs on the side of the house are actually some kind of moving image being projected.
|Monday, December 18th, 2006|
Look, I'm sorry, but British people have no idea. To American eyes, what you consider "offensive" levels of decoration score on the "not even trying" scale for us.
Take Jennings Osborne as an example, and start thanking your lucky stars. He was a local Arkansas rich guy, whose spoiled daughter wanted some Christmas lights in 1986. His neighbors also put up some lights, so he competed by BUYING THEIR HOUSES.
His lights eventually numbered 4 million, and clogged traffic every Christmas to the point where no emergency services could get through. He had to have his lights removed by court order. They were bought by DISNEYWORLD who now every year have a Jennings Osborne Christmas Lights display.
In addition to the photo below, you can see more pictures here
and read the story here
. And you really, really should.By 1993, the display grew to 3 million lights and could be seen by plane from as far as 80 miles away. The extravaganza included a three-dimensional replica of the world, which was suspended 100 feet in the air that would flash PEACE ON EARTH. Also included was a computerized light display of a train engineered by a waving Mickey Mouse.
"It was our own little Disney World,'' Jennings recalls with a smile. As a result, thousands from all over the state flocked to see the world's largest home Christmas light display. Television crews from as far away as Japan and Australia chronicled the massive event.
|Sunday, December 17th, 2006|
Welcome to Housebling! To get us going, here's an example from around the corner to me, in which a splendid display has been put on top of a garage:
Please, post your bling!