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Where Did 2017 Go?

Welcome to this month's newsletter, it is so exciting to have you all join me on my journey as we speed towards the end of 2017. It's hard for me to believe that 2018 is almost upon us and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for the coming New Year. I hope you enjoy reading 2017's final edition as this year draws to a close and in this edition you can claim your free postage discount code. My December edition also includes all the latest news and updates, exclusive behind the scenes insights and a brand new format to 2018's collection of 'Monday musings...'. Keep reading to find out more!

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Are you contemplating your next holiday? Why not check out my interview with Holiday Scottish Highlands & Islands. If you want to visit a stunning part of the world, this article gives you some great ideas and local tips on things to see and do in and around the very beautiful Lochaber area.

In this interview, you can read all about my favourite beaches, Camusdarach and Sanna, and find out why the Cuillins and the Point of Sleat are my most favourite view. You will also discover where my favourite place to eat and drink is, and how to get to Scotland's remotest pub. And, if you enjoy walking, you can read a detailed description about one of the best walks in Glen Nevis; a low level hike that takes you to Steall Falls, which are the third highest falls in Scotland!

Fundraiser giveaway

'Summer Views'

A massive thank you goes out to everyone who took part in the 'Summer Views' fundraiser giveaway. Your generosity, likes and shares helped make an Edinburgh boy very happy this Christmas. Cameron surpassed his £10, 000 target and is now the proud owner of a brand new, state of the art bionic hand! All extra funds raised will go into a trust deed, which will pay for the upkeep of Cameron's hand.

Holiday Season Orders

Limited Edition Prints

December has been a busy month and I have been working hard fulfilling Christmas orders. Everything is currently up to date but please bear with me over the holiday season if there are any shipping delays to your orders, everything should get back to normal very soon!

Free Postage!

All online orders placed next month (January 2018) will benefit from free postage. Just input the code JAN2018 at the checkout to take advantage of this offer. You can enter my online shop by clicking here.

Thank you so much for your continued support in helping me grow and develop my Susie Murphy Art brand. The love and support you show me really does warm my heart and I cannot thank you all enough for your ongoing kindness.

Monthly Musings...

Keep reading for an exclusive reveal about the changing format of my 'Monday musings...' in 2018!

#susiemurphyart YouTube Channel

I am super excited to announce (and also slightly terrified) that 2018 will see me launch my brand new YouTube Channel. For those of you who know me personally, you will probably already know that putting myself out there in front of a camera, or into the public domain, is NOT my comfort zone! However, I am always looking for new ways to bring you engaging content and share the magic of Scotland with you; so, I figured that YouTube was a good place to start. As a result, 'Monday musings...' will now be brought to you and shared on social media via Youtube in a video format once a month.

2018 'Monday musings...'

Apparently, it can take as few as eight hours or as many as thirty six for videos to appear in YouTube's search index. And, for my channel to appear in the search index, I need to have a minimum of three uploaded videos.

It has been a steep learning curve and I am hoping to have worked it all out before the official launch of my brand new 'Monday musings...' on January 1st. Initially, whilst I'm growing my wings in the unchartered world of vlogging, I will be creating videos based on some of your favourite musings from 2017.

Sanna, Ardnamurchan

Click here for a sneak peak on what to expect from my debut YouTube Channel and 'Monday musings...' in 2018.

I really do hope you enjoy this development in my musings journey - I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you have any advice for my fledgling videos just leave me a comment on social media, email or drop me a pm. In the meantime, here's a 2017 style 'Monday musings...' to end the year on:

Scots Pine

'Scots pine' - This distinctive evergreen is native to northern Europe and is Scotland's national tree. It was also important to the Druids, who apparently associated evergreens with the birth of the new and the coming of the sun after the darkness of winter. At winter solstice, the Druids would decorate trees and light large bonfires of Scots pine to celebrate the passing season and to encourage the return of the sun. It is believed that many of our Christmas traditions originally stem from the Druid's fire festival at winter solstice. Thursday 21st December marked this year's winter solstice. Did you do anything special? I would have loved a big, Druid-style, roaring bonfire, wouldn't you? ...maybe next year!

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!

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