Happy Christmas to all who read this

Happy Christmas to all who read this

As Christmas approaches, I am as always reminded of how the year has progressed and the importance of friends and family. In the cards I’ve sent out I’ve sent my usual summary newsletter summing up the year, and look forward with delight in receiving updates on the year from old family friends, family, old neigbours, […]

Christmas wishes

Christmas wishes

It’s always a funny time of year, Christmas, an odd eclectic mix of happy and sad, poignant, and silly. This year I am looking forward to it far more than I have done in more than forty years, because this year I can do what I want, not what I have to do in past […]

Christmas is the time

Christmas is the time

Christmas is the time of year when I look back on December and know its been busy, with getting the household jobs done, the presents bought and wrapped and ready, the Christmas cards written out and sent to friends and extended family, and I always love to make my favourite White Christmas cake full of […]

Happy and Sad this Christmas

Happy and Sad this Christmas

My fella and I have been looking forward to much to Christmas this year. For the first time in being in each others lives from when we met over 8 years ago, we are free to be together, and celebrate this Christmas as our first proper one together. His elderly father died at the age […]

The best of Christmas wishes

The best of Christmas wishes

I always find Christmas a slightly difficult time of year. Like a lot of other people do I suppose. We all want that happy and shiny and wonderful Christmas that the telly adverts and films promote with such a pull on our emotions. But I know very few people who actually achieve that blissful state. Most Christmas’s seem to be […]

Happy Christmas wishes

Happy Christmas wishes

Well after the hectic rush of photographing, drawing, and finishing last week’s commission, its gone off today to its recipient at one end of the country to be wrapped up ready to be delivered for Christmas at a different location. I’m not showing it here in this post since the person it is for hasn’t […]

Christmas cheer at this time of year

Christmas cheer at this time of year

Christmas is always a potent mixure of emotions for the majority of us I think. There is expectant happiness and shining excitement, but with a feeling of underlying sadness.  Although perhaps the sadness is more so because its the opposite of how we’re supposed to feel. I love to receive Christmas cards from friends, old and new, their […]

The phone rings

Earlier on today, the phone rings…. “Hello” “Is that Jackie? Jackie Adshead?” the male voice enquired. “Yes it is” “Hello, my name is ***** and I’d like a nude drawing done for my wife for Christmas” “Okay…. what sort of thing were you thinking of?” “Well, I don’t know, maybe something a little bit erotic? I […]

Happy Christmas flung far and wide

Happy Christmas flung far and wide

All the chores are done, the turkey is quietly defrosting, the  house is clean and smelling faintly of spiced oranges, the fridge isn’t bursting at the seams, but it certainly holds enough nice and tasty things to produce enough meals over the next few days… ….and I am reminded today of the people in my life […]

It may be cat heaven but

Christmas was all I hoped it would be. Perfect and tasty traditional fare prepared and cooked at a relaxed pace , a huge pile of chocolates to get through (I’m still working on that one, although you can keep all the coffee flavoured ones, what IS the point of those damn things?), phone calls with family including the charming one […]

Hold the Christmas spirit tight

Hold the Christmas spirit tight

Talking to various friends over the course of this last week both sides enquiring about preparations for Christmas celebrations, who is away at expensive country hotels with close family, who is cooking large table groaning turkeys for extended families at home, who is having a simple meal, who a vegetarian nut-roast, who hates it, and who loves […]

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