Dixie Advent the 1st

 


 

Behind the first window of the Dixie Advent Calendar is…
my Mum.
How many good things start with our mums!

This picture was taken on her 86th birthday, down by the river as we mulled over some story ideas and drew in our sketchbooks over a coffee and a tunnocks wafer (I’m keeping a beady eye on mine, sitting there on the saucer…).
If I have a tenth of Mum’s vitality and brilliance when I am – can I say it? – old, I will consider myself very luck indeed.

Working on Dixie together has been pure happiness on wheels – I shall remember these days always.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Zoe

    Ah… so lovely in so many ways!

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    • clara

      Thank you so much, Zoe – what an encouraging and kind thing to say!

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  2. Colin

    What a glorious start to your advent calendar! The stately Thames and serene Shirley. And are they your ancestor’s lampposts on the bridge? They look as though they’re saying “Don’t forget me!” And what a beautifully composed photo, with your mum at its focus looking very much as though she’s knocked those blank pages of her sketchbook into submission with a marvellously detailed pencil drawing.

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    • clara

      Ah, Colin – trust an artist to describe the process of drawing in a sketchbook so brilliantly…
      alas the Vulliamy lampposts (well remembered!) begin a little further up the Thames, but I think we can hear them calling out to us all the same!

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  3. Clementine

    Lovely! and what a sweet idea to have an advent calendar like this.

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    • clara

      Thank you so much, Clementine! It’s a way to remember and celebrate all the lovely things that have happened to me and my Mum this year.

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    • clara

      Thank you so much, Sarah – and for calling by to visit!

      Reply

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