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Starling Tree February sketchbook page Hannah Longmuir

February 2024 Journal Imbolc, Leap Day, half-term, bird watching, signs of spring A February with an extra day.  It feels like something exciting should happen on Leap Day.  But how do you follow Pancake Day in excitement?  Impossible. February has quite a few days of interest. We celebrated Imbolc for the first time – to […]

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January sketchbook page by Hannah Longmuir

January 2024 Journal how to be quiet I’ve been running my little business for over 12 years now.  Without fail, the run up to Christmas is hectic.  It begins with calendar launch in September and ends when the calendar sells out at the beginning of January.  I love it, it is such a buzz.  It

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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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Snowdrop Sketches by Hannah Longmuir

February Review: Stormy but sweet This is how February went: snowdrops, muddy puddles, blackbird, pheasant, snowdrops.  All with a background of wind. Outside, February was stormy.  Dudley! Eunice! Franklin!  More trees down, more powercuts.  We found a whole nest, perfectly formed and still intact, on the ground.  Beautifully arranged sticks and little fluffy white feathers. 

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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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January sketchbook page Hannah Longmuir

January Review: Slow, Sleepy, Sleepless I always look forward to January.  It seems like it has so much potential.  But somehow it never quite goes to plan. I like the idea of January being a clean slate.  A fresh, cold start.  There seems to be so much to like about January.  Bright, chilly mornings; good

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Fieldfare drawing by Hannah Longmuir

Bird of the Month December: Fieldfare My very last bird of the month! And a stunning final entry, I think.  Our gorgeous winter visitor, the fieldfare. The reason I chose the fieldfare for December is very simple – at the beginning of the month, I was driving home in the golden early afternoon winter sunshine

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My bird of the month for February is the mute swan.  Here’s why: Swans have been really visible this month.  At the start of the month the pond near us, at Tweedbank, was frozen solid and the swans stood awkwardly on top of the ice.  I always think swans look funny standing.  They are so

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