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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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I have chosen the jay as my bird of the month for March. Jays are woodland birds and we are lucky to live on the edge of a wood.  Our neighbours have lovely mature gardens with lots of trees which brings the jays into the gardens.  We’ve seen one on our feeders several times.  Every …

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I’ve been absolutely fascinated by the woodland in spring this year.  I missed three months of the woodland last year with being either too heavily pregnant to walk very far or stuck in the house recovering with the new-born.  Whereas this year, during lock-down, I’ve had all the time in the world to stoop down …

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[This year I have decided to study two big Horse Chestnut trees near our house.  This is Part 4 of my sketchbook-learnings.] In my March update on the Drygrange Chestnuts, it was all about the sticky hard buds that had been progressing all month.  In early April those buds burst.  At first they looked like …

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[This year I have decided to study two big Horse Chestnut trees near our house.  This is Part 3 of my sketchbook-learnings.] In my February update on the chestnuts I commented that I thought February was the toughest month of the year.  Well!  Hasn’t March been weird? This month the chesnuts have been in bud.  …

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