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Vase on Monday: Three


It is Cathy’s third anniversary of In a Vase on Monday – huge congratulations to her for this extremely enjoyable get together each week when gardeners from all over the world share what they have in their gardens to put in a vase.

She has chosen the theme of 3 to celebrate the occasion, which gives me an opportunity to show you this fabulous piece of ceramic sculpture/vase which I found in September.

It’s three chambers make it easy to plonk some flowers in and form their own arrangement.

Some years ago I arrived at this pottery near Solvadsc_0011

It was closed but as I was peering in through the windows to see if it was worth returning another day, the potters arrived and they opened up the gallery for me. I fell in love with the pots (and with them!). They have perfected their own unique frost proof glazes and I was tempted to buy some fabulous huge flower pots to put in the garden – at that time I didn’t feel able to afford them. Although worth every penny, I did not feel ready to make that investment. I have never stopped thinking about them – does that ever happen to you?

In September I went back – the Gallery was shut. I wanted to show my friend what I had been going on about for years, and we went to peer in the window – out came Mr. Ciappara, and just as on the first occasion was warm and welcoming and opened up the Gallery for us. He has now retired and his granddaughter Rivka has taken on the family business. dsc_0023

She makes some magnificent thingsdsc_0020



and has a beautiful assistant!


I took a long time to decide…..

….. this?


…. so many beauties to choose from.

I picked them up and could feel as my hands went around them how they had been formed. I asked about the process of making them and learnt of the intricate, time consuming way they are made and how many long hours they have to be in the kiln – the triumphs, the disasters.

The detailsdsc_0003 dsc_0004 dsc_0009

and the texture created by cloth.

In the end I decided on these two. They can go in the garden and I think one day they might sit in or beside the pond I have been planning.  dsc_0015

I’m thrilled with them, especially when the light catches the glazes.

Perfect to celebrate with Cathy and her theme of 3dsc_0017


with some late blooming flowers and the promise of Garrya tasslesdsc_0014

Also joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day – it is her birthday today – Happy Birthday Cee!

Details of the Pottery


Studio Pottery & Gallery, Caerfarchell,
Saint David’s, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

Telephone number:

01437 720366

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/studiopotteryandgallery/about/




Wednesday Walk-Along in Beer

Beer in Devon.beachOh my word, life has been crazy busy and stressful recently, I needed to get away. Just a few days, not too much to organise and no difficult travel arrangements. So I took myself for a long weekend to the wonderfully welcoming Durham House in Beer.DSCF6533And headed straight for the beach. Beer is a busy working seaside town where you can watch the fishing boats coming in and then buy this gorgeous fresh fish from 8.30 in the morning.fishOr eat the catch of the day in one of the many very good restaurantsstreetDSCF6534

People often say how brave I am to travel alone – but I LOVE it.

I love the freedom and the anonymity and pleasing only me every minute of the day.

Mostly I love the busy-ness and the buzziness and the rich variety of my day-to-day but sometimes   ………    It’s all about balance.

After a quick visit to the beach, and a spot of beachcombing, next stop the galleries to immerse myself in beauty and creativity…gall1first in the Steam Gallerygall3glistening colour-zinging  glass, paintings and ceramicsgall2 some of the paintings had a 60’s look to me, like this one by Charlie O’Sullivan and oh joy! to see these quirky ceramics again by Ross Emersongallery1Usually I’m not into ‘things’, but sometimes, when I see something and it stays with me and I can’t stop thinking about it for 2 years, and it is made by a local artist, and I am on holiday and ………. well I just HAVE to buy myself a present – there were 3 candlesticks in that display – and now one of them is with ME!!!DSC_0294My catch of the day!


You can also Walk-Along with Alistair at Still Walks , or pop across to Finland

And a friend posted this picture on FB of her weekend walk at Treyarnon Bay in Cornwall. She gave me permission to share it with you – looks a fabulous place – maybe one for my next short get-awayTreyarnon Bay