So Chelsea is over for another year and just under a week ago the Sock was vowing she wouldn't go again. Too crowded, too frustrating, too tiring, just too Chelsea really. But already the annoyances are fading and some mental magic is already making memories of the day appear with a warm, soft glow about them. The Sock had the same claustrophic reaction to the Hampton Court show last year but suddenly the idea of a visit this year has begun to seem appealing again.
Notes to self on surviving Chelsea (see also VP's guide)
1) Either stay at a hotel on the preceding night or get and early train up from Brighton and save three hours of frustration in traffic jams.
2) See the show gardens before the crowds invade.
3) Don't tell Simon that you actually rather liked the bog-roll garden!
4) Read up on the description and background to the gardens in advance so you know what the designer hoped to achieve. They make so much more sense that way and will increase the pleasure and interest of viewing them.
5) Give up on the gardens by lunch time and spend the rest of the day idly wandering and gossiping with friends with no pressure to do or see anything.
6) Don't waste so much time trying to get paparazzi photos of celebs with particularly foolish expressions on their faces.
Check the background of the photos you have taken in case it accidentally contains a celebrity.
7) Steer clear of the sausages!!!
Below Sock's favourite small garden by the Chris Beardshaw mentorship team
Bedsock's favourite 'The Ace of Spades'
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