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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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Heron sketchbook page Hannah Longmuir

This year I am going to feature a ‘Bird of the Month’ on the blog as the year goes by.  This is the first in the series. My bird of the month for January is the heron.  It took me all month to decide.  Then on Monday I was walking down by the river and …

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[This year I have decided to study two big Horse Chestnut trees near our house.  This is Part 2 of my sketchbook-learnings.] February was hostile.  Storms everywhere, wet almost every day, icy winds.  Not the ideal weather for visiting trees with the baby.  We did manage a few trips along to check up on our …

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Here at Drygrange there are some wonderful Horse Chestnut trees in the woodland.  I have two favourites in particular.  One of them overhangs the drive in, and the other one is fairly nearby down a muddy slope.  I always make a point of greeting them as we walk by.  I have really enjoyed watching them …

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Our dog, Buddy, isn’t one of those nice dogs that doesn’t like rain and delicately steps around puddles.  He needs lots of exercise in every weather.  On our daily walks, I often take my camera – and sometimes my Polaroid, too – with me.  Buddy has got quite used to waiting for me to stop …

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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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