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With February comes the noticeable lengthening of the days.  Although the days have been inching longer since the winter solstice on December 21st, it’s only once February dawns that we begin to make some serious daylight progress.  Winter’s midpoint was on February 3rd, and from that point on the days stretch out and the night …

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There’s very little more lovely than seeing the delicate imprint of bird tracks dancing across fresh snow in January.  It feels like you have woken up to a new world.  Snow-fall at New Year always seem poignant, like nature is drawing us a blank slate on which to build the year ahead. A few days …

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I recently shared the motivation behind my new ‘A Garden for Wildlife’ project and now I wanted to tell you about the inspiration behind the specific designs.  The ‘A Garden for Wildlife’ range is all about the plants, flowers and habits that help wildlife to thrive in gardens.  The first one, Winter Food, features a charm …

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I’m really excited to launch my new range of five cards under the theme of ‘A Garden for Wildlife..’  The cards are all about plants & flowers that help wildlife to flourish.  They feature bee-friendly foxgloves, leaf piles that give homes to hedgehogs, weeds that are essential for butterflies, evening-scented flowers that attract moths, and …

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For me, there’s something magical about December.  The heavy frosts, cold dark nights, and whitewashed day-time skies.  The lattice-work of silhouetted bare branches against pastel sunsets.  There’s a stillness to December.  The wildlife seems to have retreated.  The only movement on our walks is the panicked noisy flight of pheasants when Buddy disturbs them.  To …

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The first year I printed my own Christmas cards, I drew a robin.  I sold the cards at craft fairs for 60p.  That was six years ago.  The same little robin redbreast cards are still one of my most popular cards today.  Every year I think maybe this is the year he should retire – …

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  After a bizarrely warm October (no opportunities to get my woollens on – devastated!), November has arrived.  The temperatures are definitely beginning to take a dip – perhaps a hint at the hard frosts ahead.  The soft light of November is lying pretty on trees still populated by colourful autumn leaves.  The oak tree …

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Every year I add a new winter card to the collection – a card that is blank outside but has a wintry illustration that can be used as a Christmas card.  This year’s addition is ‘Bullfinches & Red Berries’.  I decided to draw bullfinches after spending an enchanting 20 minutes watching two males perching precariously …

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