Monday, 30 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
I have never been very successful in growing the taller garden Tulips on our heavy clay as the bulbs often rot off through our wet winters but the smaller, early flowering botanical types (specie hybrids) seem to cope much better and are now beginning to bulk up.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
You will probably have noted that my postings have recently reduced to one or two a week and this is mainly due to work commitments. With hopefully a busy spring retail season ahead of us this trend of irregular posts is likely to continue for the time being but I hope you will all continue to drop by from time to time to see what I have been doing.
Some of you will no doubt have seen that I occasionally sign off comments on your blogs with ”FAB” and I promised one of my earliest followers that I would explain what this meant.
If you look up fab in Wiktionary, you might find answers such as:
F.A.B., a radio sign-off used in the Thunderbirds TV series;
From fabulous, by shortening;
Film Advisory Board;
FAB, the IATA airport code for Farnborough Airfield;
Well the answer is very simple. I was and always will be a fan of ‘Thunderbirds’, as when I sat glued to the TV screen I always felt a direct connection as my initials are, yes you may have guessed, F.A.B. During my previous career my initials on a document were a clear indication of my involvement and as a result I became known as and was called ‘FAB’ by my closest associates and friends rather than Frank.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Other sightings were Mallard, Grey Heron, Green Woodpecker, a fast flying Kestrel and another Buzzard as I returned to the car.
With the possibility of Garganey, Little Ringed Plover and hirrundines I visited Pulborough Brooks RSPB. When I checked in at the Info Centre the lady said “I presume you don’t need a map?” – How did she know I’ve been coming here for well over 15 years!
Blackthorn blossom was everywhere, signifying the "start of spring".
All in all, despite the lack of two of the 'target' species, not a bad day after all.
Friday, 20 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Saturday, 14 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
up under the starry nail-hole twinkle of the old tin roof,
there in a nest of straw and bailing twine I have hidden my valentine for you:
a white heart woven of snowy feathers in which wide eyes are welcome
open to you as you climb the rickety ladder to my love.
Behind those eyes lies a boudoir of intimate darkness, darling, the silks of oblivion.
And set like a jewel dead center in the heart is a golden hook the size of a finger ring,
to hold you always, plumpest sweetheart mouse of mine.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Saturday, 7 March 2009
After a visit to the local re-cycling centre I heard two more sounds - Goldfinch and then Siskin (another garden first). Unfortunately he wouldn't show himself fully so only got a partial photo!
Other visitors were Blackbird, Starling, Collared Doves & the daily fly over of Rose-ringed Parakeets, Black-headed Gulls, Crow & Magpies.
Friday, 6 March 2009
While working in the office with Paula we saw a pair of Sparrowhawks & a Buzzard fly over.
While my colleagues were given a personalised tour of the pottery I spent time searching out some new designs. The centre picture shows the pots after the slip has been applied and drying out prior to firing in the kiln. The other shots show the final products as designed by one of the throwers.
Other new pots incorporate some wildlife - Bees on an Armscote Bee Pot & a Salamander on (yes you guessed correct) a Salamander Pot.
Breaking new boundaries Jim Keeling has designed and produced this Great Warwick Pot using a specially formulated black glaze to create this unique and innovative piece of work. It is a very, very expensive object (which I could easily hide inside) because all the embossed motifs have been painstakingly oil-gilded with several thickness 23.5 ct gold by a Master Gilder!