‘Tis The Season….

Happy 1st December, everyone!

It’s a fabulous time of year for all sorts of reasons, but here’s a couple to be going on with:


I adore snow and especially snow in art. I don’t particularly like going out in it, but love to look at it. So I am always very happy on 1st December when we bloggers get snow on our websites. And, although I am happy to look at snowy pictures at any time of year (just as I can happily eat a turkey dinner any time!), it seems particularly fitting now to gaze on a few favourites:

Street in the Snow, Camille Pissarro


The Magpie, Claude Monet


Snow at Louveciennes, Alfred Sisley


Advent Calendars

It doesn’t matter how old you get, it is always such fun to open windows on an advent calendar. There are plenty of physical and virtual ones to choose from these days. I particularly like BookRiot’s Literary Advent Calendar. Today’s window is a sumptuous poem from e e cummings quoted on The Poetry Foundation’s website:

Little Tree, E E Cummings

My favourite of all, though, is Jacquie Lawson’s beautiful animated calendar. This was gifted to me by my dear friend Lady Budd and will be a source of huge delight and pleasure today and for the next 24 days. Thank you so much Becky! 🙂


Screenshot of Jacquie Lawson Advent Calendar

Island Hopping

Oh my dears, I have a gem for you today.  Take a look at this wonderful short film, which adds pictures and music to a reading of Rachel Field’s poem ‘If Once You Have Slept On An Island’.

Director and producer Alistair Corbett has created the most beautiful footage – a perfect match of audio and visual.

Hub and I adore island hopping in Scotland.  There is nothing quite like the feeling of being on one of our remote and entrancing outposts.   Rachel Field captures this emotion so movingly in her poem, which is hypnotically enhanced by Corbett’s setting.