Wishing All My Readers Happiness In Their Own Festive Season


Much of today was spent writing Christmas cards.

It therefore seemed appropriate to present this selection from my archives,

from which readers can choose their own with my best wishes. In order of appearance, the three Christmas cards were designed by me aged 16, 17, and 18. They represent the three kings, the shepherds, and Mary and Jesus from the Christian Nativity story.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s excellent chilli con carne, savoury rice, and vegetable samosas, with which I drank more of the Cabernet Sauvignon.




  1. There are many lovely images here today Derrick and it is a treat to see your early designs! My favourite though has to be a Derrick look-alike Santa <3 Now I'm off to tidy my own garden ……..

  2. Thank you, Derrick. May I wish you and all your loved ones a joyful Christmas and thank you for the pleasure your daily illustrated diary has given me. I particularly like the hearts drawn by the car wheels in the snow – cleverly done.

  3. Thank you Derrick – I will be greedy and choose three: the robin, the snow through the tracery of bare branches and of course, Santa! Happy Holidays to you and yours. Mx

  4. Thank you Derrick. They are all beautiful and I must acknowledge those ‘young Derrick’ designs … truly lovely and the work of a very talented teen. I, in turn send to you and Jackie and all your family and loved ones my heartfelt wish that you will enjoy the most joyous of Christmas’s and that the New Year will be filled with peace and contentment, love and laughter. Thank you for bringing such delight into my own life.

  5. Lovely photos and Christmas card designs. Wishing you and Jackie and family all the best for the upcoming Christmas Celebrations. Love Gay and Mick

  6. Derrick I loved your Christmas card designs.. and all of your photos.. I wish you and Jackie a most wonderful family Christmas.. Enjoy, and be Merry..
    Love and Blessings
    Sue <3

  7. So amazing to see your work as a young boy, Derrick. You’ve been a creative soul from the start, I see. I enjoy you and Jackie and your family and neighbors. Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018 to you all.

  8. Wonderful festive photographs Derrick, its hard to pick a favourite. Wishing you and Jackie all the very best for Christmas and the New Year X

  9. I’ll settle for the black donkey. That Santa looks pretty old and decrepit, pity about that. Seasons greetings Jackie & Derrick, thanks for a good year, and look forward to having much more of the same in 2018

  10. Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for all the gorgeous images, wanders about in your garden, joy and entertainment your posts have provided through out the year. And thank you for your many kind and encouraging comments on Leaf and Twig. Very Best, Catherine

  11. Happy holidays to you and yours. No surprise that that you, as a teen, were so creative. Lovely designs.

  12. Beautiful photos and I love the Christmas card designs! What a talented young man you were! I hope you, Jackie and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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