Twelfth Night

By Sally Pudney on 5th January 2016

In the middle of December I really enjoy getting the tree and decorating the house for Christmas . . . .  but come twelfth night I love to get it all cleared up and have a good clean! So the Twelve Days of Christmas Fairies have gone back in their box . . .

12th Night 2016 1 . . . and the tree is now in the back garden, and the cards are all in a heap on my desk and all the lights and stars have gone away. Henry the Hoover and I have hoovered up all the tree needles, and fragments of Christmas Cake icing and glitter (glitter? where did that come from??) so now I feel the new year has really started!

It is a lovely mild sunny morning here so I had a poke about in the garden to see whether things were starting out there. I have primroses flowering, snowdrops out and daffodils nearly out. The wych-hazel is already doing its Spring thing, and the hazel catkins on the big hazel tree are already properly out so I brought some inside.

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The only Christmas-y thing which isn’t finished is my Christmas jigsaw. It’s a really hard 750 piece one of Samuel Palmer’s painting ‘The Magic Apple Tree’, which I bought at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge when my sister, niece and I went to their watercolour exhibition. It’s a lovely painting but . . . . !

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So it was good to get back in my sunny studio this morning, and start priming up some board ready to start the last of the Peddars Way paintings.

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Yes! the New Year has really begun! Hope it’s got off to a good start for you, too 🙂


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