Richard Bell's Wild West Yorkshire nature diary, Christmas Day, 2007
THE USUAL QUESTION at Christmas-time, from Elise (middle, left) one of my great neices:
‘Can I draw in your sketchbook please?’
And my usual Scrooge-like answer, no you can’t! But this year Barbara and I bought her The Anti-Colouring Book, which aims to get children’s imaginations going with pages like ‘My Scariest Nightmare’, ‘What do you see in your future the in the Crystal Ball?’ or a ‘Most WANTED’ poster, so I soon got her drawing in that. There was no shortage of arts materials; one of her gifts was an enormous Bratz art pack.
The delightful little set of wax crayons (top left) – perfect for emergencies - dropped out of my Christmas cracker.
We got a little drawing session going after Christmas dinner when her older sister Emily (top) posed for her in what we all considered a 1920s inspired party outfit.
By the time I’d recovered from the turkey and all the trimmings, the Christmas pudding and rum sauce there was only time to do the briefest sketch of the oak (a turkey oak, appropriately) and the holly, just visible through the bay window as the light faded.
Our thanks to the chef; Barbara’s sister
Susan (below left).