The Joy of Sunny Days.

Aren’t they wonderful theese fabulous sunny days, I love it. Today was the first tea break of the year spent sat outside on my bench in the sun. May there be many more to come.
My N.F.U.S plates were collected today, suddenly I have so much space in my workshop, makes me think I’ll have to work harder to fill it again. Here they are neatly packed in their recycled banana boxes waiting for collection.
Lizzie Farey my workshop neighbour was sorting her willow today, I thought it looked really appealing lying so ordered on the frosty ground. The workshop I have is one of four in the farm yard at Lochdougan House, they are in a couple of converted barns and are a very special place to work. One is used by Lizzie, a willow artist, then there is fine artist Bea Last and also Sherry who is currently doing a diploma in art and design. I used to share a workshop previously and I was very pleased to find my space here, we each have our own space and there is a shared kitchen area. If you want some company or someone to get an opinion from there is usually someone around and if you want to be on your own you can shut the door and not be disturbed. Best of both worlds I think.
Pot wise today I have been throwing all day, mugs and cereal bowls to stock the Forestry Commission visitor centre at a place called Kirroughtree which is in the west of our area. Great place to walk and even better to cycle if you are ever out that way. The forest there is really beautiful. My list doesn’t seem to be getting much shorter. I do so enjoy throwing. Looking forward to decorating again too, I always love that. I’ve got a few things waiting to decorate tomorrow, some large casserole dishes, a couple of commemorative plates for weddings and the outside of some large salad bowls.
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15 Responses to The Joy of Sunny Days.

  1. doug fitch says:

    Lovely atmospheric photo, it looks like an art installation – looks blooming cold up there in the North too! Clay Art soon! Matt’s coming with me, it should be a right laugh.

  2. potterboy says:

    I agree – lovely photos. I keep going back to Lizzie’s website – I love willow and basketry – I think if I didn’t pot, I’d do that instead.The sun hasn’t been out at all today – all the trees stayed frosty all day and the fog didn’t really lift. My trip to Tescos this evening was in dense dense fog – I love driving in that kind of weather.I have seen a little of Dumfries and Galloway – it’s a lovely lovely area – much underrated i think (in fact all that southern uplands area and the borders too – everyone goes on about the highlands but that’s only half the country.)Oh well… happy wednesday!

  3. doug fitch says:

    I’ve had a good root through Lizzie’s site too, she’s amazing. Such a diverse collection of work, she’s clearly got an absolute understanding of her processes and materials, wonderful

  4. Lizzie says:

    Wow thanks boys, why don’t you drop by? Hannah’s got some amazing homemade chocolate cake on the go..Great blog Hannah, wish me luck at the women’s rural aaaaagh

  5. potterboy says:

    What’s a rural aaaaagh?Chocolate cake sounds really good – I have a desk drawer full of chocolate. There are good things about being depressed…

  6. paul jessop says:

    Rural aaaaagh? is a small mammal only found in the highlands of’ll only get this joke if you can remember Call my Bluff.

  7. Ron says:

    As a intellectually challenged American I am lost on the rural aaaaagh. (did I spell that correctly?) Would some one please direct me to Lizzie’s website? I am missing the link somewhere.

  8. potterboy says:

    Is it like a haggis – one leg shorter than the other, so it always runs around in circles – very easy to catch. Perhaps the other legs are shorter (so it runs in the opposite direction?)I hadn’t realised the ? was part of the name though – I thought it was just rural aaaaagh, not rural aaaaagh?! Makes the pronunciation completely different.Ron – try pussy willow bowls are just lovely – in fact, the more I look, the better it gets. The colours of the woods themselves are just my thing.

  9. Hannah says:

    It was indeed bloomin cold, though wierdly now it’s warmer and wet but feels colder than the minus 5 or 6 or 7 that it was. Not only does the ? make a difference to the pronunciation, it also marks a substantial difference between the two breeds. Most usually the difference can be seen when they are suspended upside down to feed and the purple plumage is on display. The lesser ? has one white feather directly above it’s heart, the greater ? has none.

  10. potterboy says:

    Hmmm… interesting. I’d never noticed that before.

  11. Hannah says:

    It is a very subtle diffence and I believe they are often mistaken as a result.

  12. Ron says:

    That all helped a lot. I didn’t realize it at first but it’s because we call those ‘backwood ummpaaahs!” here in the southern US. We rarely see them since the ‘ackely urbanite*’ was introduced back in the late 60’s and has driven many of the backwood ummpaaahs! into hiding deep in the Appalachian Mountains.I’m going to have a look at Lizzie’s website now.

  13. Lizzie says:

    OK boys,take heed, you may need to know this….the Women’s Rural is the scottish version of the Women’s Institute. Scary prospect eh? Women of a certain age with large continental shelving peering at you over those horn-rimmed specs (aaaaaagh)I had to give a talk, then had to eat loads of homemade tea and cakes, then judge the cookie competition, (by eating them)and run out the door quick. Useful information or what?Like the sound of your desk drawer potterboy..

  14. potterboy says:

    Hmmm… I have a relative near you that might fit the bill (I don’t think she’s a member though – in fact I hope she doesn’t read this 🙂 Sounds like hard work to me (except the tea and cakes – I’m expert at that!)The desk drawer is now empty 🙁 Personally, though, I’d rather not have the desk at all, but such is our lot in life (at the moment, anyway.)Ho hum.

  15. Lizzie says:

    Yes, hmmm, I know what you mean about the desk. My office is perched on a chair, instead of a desk, no handy drawers for chocolate tho’.

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