The small, daily act of making was worthwhile and fun, and I'm going to do it again this year, so I've written all the projects on those slips of paper you see above, ready for dipping into each day.
As before, I'll be ranging quite widely in my pursuits, some are current 'live' works-in-progress, some are languishing long-neglected, others are things like drawing and painting which I do far less often than I'd like, but what I envisage is just a short while spent on the day's task - nothing too onerous in what for many of us is a busy enough time.
I've talked about Bluebellgray before (here, for instance), but as they've just brought out a rather nice looking notebook - and so many of us are stationery fanatics - I'm mentioning them again. A point to note: postage is pretty steep if you're ordering just one item, but they do occasionally offer free shipping, so keep an eye out for that.
The Goldfinch has taken a pre-Christmas perch at The National Gallery of Scotland. Apparently Carel Fabritius' masterpiece doesn't leave its home in The Netherlands very often, and during its last outing - to the Frick in 2014 - 200,000 people saw it, many of them queuing in sub-zero temperatures. Here in Edinburgh it was a bit nippy this morning, but there were no queues whatsoever at the gallery and only two or three people viewing the painting at any one time while we were there, so going early was a good move.
The painting featured in Friday's edition of Front Row, and if you fast forward to the 8.17 mark there you can hear it discussed along with Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring, the novels they both inspired, and "narrative mystery".
“peering from some high window; at the gold of november sunset (and feeling: that if day has to become night this is a beautiful way).” ― e.e. cummings
I wasn't at a high window, when I took the picture, I was on the ground; it wasn't sunset, rather mid-morning; but in the spirit of those lines, you might say that if one season has to become the next, this is a beautiful way to do it.
(I cribbed the Cummings from today's RSL newsletter.)