March sketchbook page by Hannah Longmuir

March Journal: She’s Two! bear with me, I’m about to get weepy On Sunday, my baby girl turned two. In May, my little boy (although if you ask him he’s a big boy) turns five. I love the kids birthdays – planning for them, making them special, celebrating everything they are.  For Trix’s 2nd birthday, […]

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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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May Sketchbook page Hannah Longmuir

May Review: Only Joy I have nothing bad to say about May.  She’s been kind to me. May is a naturally joyful month.  All the fresh bright greens in a billion different shades, leaves so bountiful the trees are weighed down, canopies so dense that they form dark tunnels. Bees buzzing, swallows and swifts filling

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April sketchbook Hannah Longmuir

April Review: New Life The Baby arrived at the end of March.  Life has been a bit topsy-turvy since then.  Here’s a very brief review: She’s safely here! Our wee Trixie girl has joined the family.  Her birth was joyful and peaceful and straightforward and I am beyond grateful for that.  She’s got these wonderful

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March sketchbook page, hare, Hannah Longmuir

March Review: Waiting for Spring (and baby) I’m writing the March review a little early because by the end of the month I might be completed lost in a bundle of newborn blankets and sleepy, milky days. March has been a month of waiting. I think I expect spring to whizz and pop into abundant

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Lockdown Wildflowers by Hannah Longmuir

Lockdown Wildflowers: How I Made My Biggest Drawing Yet I’ve recently finished my biggest, slowest, most favourite drawing ever.  Here’s a little summary of how it came about: Lockdown 2020.  Sometimes I forget how extreme it was and then I remember a detail – like there being chains round the gates of play parks, or

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I have chosen the siskin as my bird of the month for May.  These little yellow sweethearts have been our constant companions in the garden this month.  We haven’t really seen siskins on the feeders here before – except the odd fleeting sighting in the winter – but this spring there has been at least

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I’ve chosen the oystercatcher as my bird of the month for April.  I’ve always loved oystercatchers.  They were my Gran’s favourite bird (and I have a Mairi Hedderwick oystercatcher print that was hers).  They are seaside nostalgia.  They are noisy and bold and a bit extra.  They eat cockles like Londoners.  There’s nothing not to

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