I refer to Christmas as the dreaded “C” word – but I love it really, it’s just a shame we have to think about it so early on. I refuse to consider it whilst the sun shines, but as it gets cooler and the nights a little longer I can get in the mood. My parents are renting a cottage up here over the festive season which will be lovely and that also means Titus will have a friend to play with (in the form of Dylan the loopy standard poodle). Our four legged beast has doubled in weight and is rapidly growing into his huge feet at a mere 14 kilos at 12 weeks old. By way of domestic preparations, October is normally pickling and sloe gin season – but in the absence of any sloe bushes and vegetable gluts, I only have the cake to think about this year. Professionally, it is also a busy time for Christmas card designs and commissions and I have a stall at a couple of local Christmas Markets this year, so I’m in full Christmas mode! A little self promotion has been employed to help encourage everyone else to think about Christmas too – I’ve got an article and advert in the Am Bratach this week, “Artist in the Spotlight” in the John O Groats Journal next week and I shall be Etsy’s Craft Britannia “Shop of the Week” at the end of the month.
|some festive entries from my last visual dairy - looking through these has given me the urge to start another one....|
|The Am Bratach article - page 13!|