I woke up this morning to find the pond covered by the first thin layer of ice this year. After several mornings with a hard frost, I knew it wouldn’t be long before this happened. It’s a turning point in the season and a nod to the colder weather to come. There are still ducks on the pond, the hardy little Hooded Mergansers have been resting up here for the long journey south. It won’t be long before they leave too and the pond will become quiet, settling down and at rest for the long winter. In my own way, I am also “settling in” at the studio although I can’t say I’m “at rest“. With the garden put to bed, the lawnmowers stored away and most of the shows for the season done, I am looking forward to having more time to focus on creative things. I can take time for a 30 minute walk in the woods to get a nature fix before grabbing a cup of hot chocolate and heading into the studio. Stay tuned for some new works coming off the drawing board soon!