Life at Kerjacob .

Life at Kerjacob .

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Blue and white Burleigh ware.

When I was in England I went to buy some of my favourite pottery near Burslem.
Middleport Pottery, a grade 2 listed building set on the banks of the Trent & Mersey canal, which has been the home of Burleigh since 1889.

They continue to use the original machinery and processes, each item is handmade from earthenware.

These transfers are printed on tissue from wonderful copper rollers.

It is one of the last remaining potteries in the world to use the traditional and timeless skill of underglaze tissue printing which is a two hundred year old English process.

Each time I go and bring back some more blue and white pieces.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Back home at Kerjacob.

Yesterday morning I arrived back in Brittany after being away over five weeks.
I drove down from Shrewsbury to Plymouth on Wednesday afternoon and everywhere looked lovely in the sunshine.

Driving home here was so good - I knew I was coming home and how happy I am here in rural France. Along the sides of the roads all the daisies were in full flower - the inspiration for my first exhibition when we came here eight years ago.

The garden is amazing - so much growth and colour.
Sadly I missed all my tulips, especially sad as I'd planted so many new ones - I'll have to wait for next year now.

It was good to see my husband and my cats but not good that within an hour of being back I had to take him to the airport at Nantes - he's back in England for a week to help celebrate his father's 90 th birthday.

This morning I'm going to watch the wedding and enjoy the peace of Kerjacob.

Its good to be back and good to back in touch with everyone .

Monday, 11 April 2011

Biddulph Grange Gardens.

On Saturday the weather was just beautiful.
In the afternoon I went to Biddulph Grange gardens.
It was so interesting walking around, so many different themed gardens with many plants brought from all over the world.
The Victorian gardens were created by James Bateman who was a friend of Charles Darwin.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Time in Shrewsbury.

I've been in England for about 10 days now.
Last week I spent three days in Shrewsbury with a friend.
On the Wednesday we went to Battlefield - the site of a famous battle in the 1400's.

Now at Battlefield there is a wonderful farm shop and restaurant.
They also have a little museum all about the battle .

We had our lunch and then had a look around the shop which was full of very tempting foods and so beautifully laid out.

Now I'm in the Potteries for nearly four weeks so look out for posts about the area.