This is the view from my pottery studio onto our garden. It is the only source of natural light so I tend to have the door open all the time.
This is the glass panel in our front door. It used to be plain old frosted glass until my husband went on a course and made this beautiful coloured panel, using old glass that he was given by a friend. When the sun shines through it fills the hallway with warmth and colour. I love the way the green hedge outside adds an extra zing of colour.
When we go on our travels we always bring home a trinket to put on the mantlepiece in our front room. The more tacky the better, but they have to be recognisable as a kind of icon of the country. Hence the kangaroo salt and pepper pot from Tamworth in Australia and the Buddha from Singapore, Statue of Liberty from New York etc.
I love our kitchen. We have a collection of ceramic birds flying on all the walls and quite a number of old ceramic vases. This bunch of flowers are the first Lilies of the Valley that we have managed to pick this year. The metal sculpture of me and my husband was made by me on a brilliant course at West Dean College with the sculptor Lucy Casson. Chris is holding a hedge trimmer and I am showing him a bag of freshly dug carrots. We are keen gardeners!
I have spent the last two days giving my studio a Spring Clean and have sorted all the work ready for selling. These are a few of my vases, now sitting on a very clean shelf. I have been a potter for the past forty years and now that I have retired from teaching I am looking forward to being out here working in the studio as much as I can.
We have recently returned from our travels to Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. I could have spent the whole six weeks just beach combing in New Zealand as the beaches are so beautiful. This is a collection of stones, driftwood and shells that we managed to post home, sitting in a 1930's blue glass dish.
We have a greenhouse full of seedlings ready to be planted out but the weather is too cold so the greenhouse is bursting at the seams.We have an allotment too where we grow all our vegetables. These are just some of the strong little plants waiting to go out.
Today has been a real Red Letter Day as our good friends Jan and Paul became Grandparents for the first time. Little Emily was born to Amy and Jack at 1pm and Jan rushed around to tell us the good news. We have all been waiting in anticipation for the baby's safe arrival as the two young parents live miles from anywhere in Scotland. Jan finished sewing this beautiful quilt just last night as Amy was going into labour. She wanted to show me before she takes it up to Scotland on Thursday.
These are a collection of the models that our children made when they were little. They used to come and play in my studio and make lots of lovely things. Kate always made animals and Ben liked to model Prince Charles and the Queen! The clock is made by me and has a little blackbird coming out of the top instead of a cuckoo as the blackbird is my favourite bird.
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