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June sketchbook page by Hannah Longmuir

June 2023 Sketchbook & Journal June is all about the sky.  It started with a full moon. At times it has been full of thunder, other times as blue as can be. June has the most light. It peaked at the solstice on the 21st; and now slowly the days are shortening.  There’s no heavy […]

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May sketchbook page by Hannah Longmuir kingfisher drawing

May 2023 Sketchbook & Journal Here’s my notes on nature and family life in May… This is it guys, summer is coming, swooping in with the swallows.  Piglet is due home from nursery any minute and he wants to get the paddling pool out. The sun has SHOWN UP for the past week.  We are

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April 2023 sketchbook nature journal Hannah Longmuir

April 2023 Sketchbook & Journal Here’s my notes on nature and family life in April… April is all green and yellow.  Jackets of yellow gorse on the hillsides, big nodding yellow daffodils, vergefuls of dandelions and buttercups and those tall yellow daisies that I don’t know the name of.  New leaves, green everywhere. Grass, moss,

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March sketchbook page Hannah Longmuir

March 2023 Sketchbook & Journal The baby is one! March has been dominated by the count-down to the baby’s first birthday.  I’m a sentimental human being.  My mind has been full of “this time last year” thoughts, remembering being full-up of baby (a breech baby, kicking my lungs), the bittersweetness of final days out just

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February sketchbook page by Hannah Longmuir

February 2023 Sketchbook & Journal Here’s my sketchbook pages and notes from the (thankfully) shortest month of the year. I tend to think of February as a bit of a non-month, really.  A funny little insert month between proper winter and proper spring. But it is only actually two days shorter than other months, so

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sketchbook page boy with dinosaur hat Hannah Longmuir

January 2023 Sketchbook & Journal Thank you for starting off 2023 with me!  Here’s my sketchbook pages and notes from the first month of the year. On Hogmanay, I commented to Ross that if Trix knew all she was expected to achieve this coming year, she might be a little overwhelmed. Crawling, teeth, talking, walking,

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December sketchbook Hannah Longmuir sunset and silhouetted trees

December Review: Snow, Warmth, Magic My final review blog of the year… FIRST SNOW Early December, and the first snowfall of the winter came. There’s nothing more simultaneously peaceful and thrilling than opening the curtains to a blanket of unexpected snow. The startling whiteness! The stillness, the sparkle, the way it turns-upside-down all your plans

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November sketchbook Hannah Longmuir

November Review: Calpol & Damp Leaves Here’s my review of the first of the dark months… November and the first of the Nasty Winter Bugs hit the household.  Piglet first, then the baby.  A gruesome cough and a temperature. Nothing spectacular but it wiped them out for over a week.  Being stuck at home with

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October muddy puddles Hannah Longmuir

October Review: Mostly Puddles Here’s my review of the my favourite month of the year… October things: huge house spiders, the heaviest rain, diamond rain drops on spider webs, very muddy puddles, apples, lichen, toadstools, soggy moss, orange leaves. I tend to feel good in the autumn.  More grounded. Moored, somehow. I feel that especially

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September sketchbook Hannah Longmuir

September Review: Hectic Fruitfulness What a busy month! Join me in my review of it. I’m absolutely amazed that I have found a moment to write a September review, or to draw in my sketchbook at all.  September has been a very busy month.  For me, work has been full on (which is great, always

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