Thursday, 18 August 2016

Still exploring

 We are still exploring local sights when we aren't trying to garden. This is Margam Abbey near Port Talbot. I think that in his day Talbot was one of the richest men in the world. The house, although still impressive, is a little sad and is in the ownership of the local council.

 Here are some water falls which once powered the tin works machinery for pressing iron into thin sheets before being plated with tin.

 There must be hundreds of ferns growing in our garden but none as impressive as this one. this one is unlike any of the others and is really sculptural. I have no idea what it is.
 The last pottery festival I attended was earth and Fire at Ruffod. Here are just a few of the stalls. Although I have been busy working for a few months now I am only just beginning to really feel that I am back in the rhythm of working.I am firing the final few batches of work for the next fair I'm at in Wrexham- Ceramic Wales.

 One of the spin offs of gardening has been the amount of shards I am unearthing. Here are just a few. It's given gardening a whole new perspective!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

new pottery operational

 I am happily potting away now. the pottery was never quite finished but I really needed to get back to work. The rest of the plastering and insulating will have to wait until later in the year.
 There are still trades men working away in the house so at times it's been difficult to focus just on the pottery. Last week I had plumbers and electricians in this week floor layers! The good news is they should all be finished this week and we will be able to unpack.
 This is the pottery which is part of the main house. There are some advantages, i.e. I unpacked the kiln in my pyjamas yesterday. Also it means I am here to attend to the builders. On the down side it had never occurred to me how much mess I create. I am trying not to walk it right through the house!

Monday, 16 May 2016


 Our woodland was transformed as the bluebells came out. This was an unexpected burst of colour and the fragrance was wonderful. 
When not trying to work in our own garden we are exploring National Trust gardens to get some ideas of what to do in our own!

 This is Dyffryn Gardens near Cardiff. I forget to take any photos until we were almost through the gardens. However we enjoyed our visit and felt we should go on to explore other places in the vicinity.

 Our next stop was at this amazing medieval church. An organised coach party were in the middle of a lecture about the paintings so we merged into the crowd. These amazing wall paintings have only recently been uncovered and have remained hidden under layers of plaster. They were probably painted in 1430.

 Progress in the pottery is slow as we are still trying to get the house in some order. But all is now functioning and usable. It's been a real relief to get back to work but at times frustrating. The first few pots have come through successfully so that is a big milestone. I can now look forward to developing some new ideas.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Pottery and Politics

With the airing of the Great British Throw Down pottery is receiving some new attention. For those of you who may be interested here is a link to a debate in parliament recently. See the transcript here.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

What do you do when............?

 What do you do when your daughter visits you from China? you go to Barry Island. ( Didn't see Gavin and Stacey ).
You also visit castles, there are plenty to choose from in Wales.

                                                                                      .................two in one day can't be bad!

What do you do when.............?

What do you do when all your children visit you for Mothers' Day? You take them all to St. Fagans Museum of Welsh Folk Life.
It was a wonderful Mothers' day which I really enjoyed.

What do you do when.....?

What do you do when there are so many builders in the house you can't move without falling over one? You 'borrow' your husbands new bike and go for a cycle ride. But don't tell him - I won't if you don't!