I wake very early on Christmas morning, there's lots to do and a day full of promise. First thing is to go and say Happy Christmas to my geese and take them their festive breakfast - a mix of lots of their very favourite things - they talk loudly and enjoy the special attention. I say Merry Christmas to my worksheds too, leaning against the large wood doors and looking out on my favourite view. Large flocks of corvids play and swirl in the near light, enjoying the buffeting wind. My robin chirrups. I fill the bird feeders.
After lighting of fires, preparing, cooking, greeting, welcoming, kissing, hugging and enjoying - its time for a good brisk walk. No snow or crisp frost, but enough of a wind to freshen and free.
I got a present of a lino cutting set - complete with ink, cutters and lino - so the evening was spent adding lino scraps and slivers to the paper and pine-needle debris. Need more cutter control, but what a fascinating and versatile printing technique - I could be hooked.