I love December. Classic FM starts playing Christmas music, our back room has a tree that flashes, we have to remember to burn the Advent candle each evening and people eat mince pies trying not to drop crumbs on the floor. It’s a busy time at school as well with carol concerts and trying to avoid children sneezing over me. Work at Galley Hill Primary in Hemel where I am writer-in-residence is great. I drive over a beautiful canal to get there. I am at the school every Monday for six weeks. We’re writing a story about an alien spaceship landing on the playground.
Today I had a meeting in London with Penny Holroyde, who is my agent. After seeing her I went on to The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. I love going there. I have the plot of my next book buzzing in my head and wander round looking at expressions artists have painted until one of them stands out. Then I stop and look at the face for ages and think what the person in the painting would do if they were in my story and write a paragraph about him or her. Here’s the picture I spent ages in front of today. I loved the challenging defiance in the girl’s face.
Then there was the pigeon! I took a photograph of it which is a bit blurry because the train was moving when I took it. I like pigeons. There were lots of them in Trafalgar Square and this one was strutting around inside the train! I don’t know what this little pigeon will be doing over Christmas. I hope it finds something nice to eat. I’m a Christian so will be celebrating the birth of Jesus in the midst of spending time with my family, eating mince pies and enjoying opening presents. I hope to have a great time, whatever you are doing. Have a Happy New Year as well!