Late December, and a break from work over Christmas and New Year. We decided to have a very simple Christmas - no presents or decorations or tree, and none of the commercial (and financial) pressures, but rather simply enjoying time together and having walks out in nature. In a way, Harris and Bracken have shown me this. They aren’t interested in presents; they’re rather be following woodland paths or exploring the beach. So that’s what we did.

Christmas Eve, and a sunset beach walk at Yellowcraig, with the sea pearlescent in the light.

Christmas Day, and the greyest of skies at Gullane. But we got outside, and the lads enjoyed sand below their paws. It was pretty dreich though, with a real midwinter mood and terrible light for photos. So here’s one, just one, as I wanted a “Christmas photo” to mark the day. With everyone looking cold and serious and, in the case of the lads, disinterested in this idea!

Boxing Day, and this sunset at John Muir Country Park. After the grey skies of the 25th, this felt magical.

And then, finally, Hogmanay, December 31, and we wrapped up 2018 with a freezing walk back at John Muir Country Park. Blue and beautiful.

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