Seven reasons to be cheerful…!


The view out of my window this morning….

the sun illuminating my faithful pink orchid…and there’s more!

…much more pleasure as I sip my coffee. The rag you can just glimpse on the floor is actually the Skittle-Cat, Lord of all he surveys, having a morning nap.
In the garden the daffodils are getting impatient.
I saw a gang of sparrows pulling at small twigs; they are building their nests! My camera is too rudimentary; I couldn’t catch them that far away up the trees. But I saw them flying away with long twigs in their beaks.
Underneath the old apple tree, the pretty lung worth is open for business. I’m glad the food is so plentiful in the garden that there’s still apples available for the blackbirds snack attacks!
….and the green house is still providing salad leaves for mine! I notice that some Forget-me-not saplings have wormed their way in amongst the salad. I wonder if they are edible?
The seventh reason to be cheerful is my beloved studio, where I  shall  now hole up for the rest of the day. Mindy the Seagull is here on the photo saying ‘tara, fare ye well and see you soon!’


About Anna

I am a ceramic sculptor living on the South coast near London, England. My work is influenced by my experience of the earth as a living being and seeing how we are all connected with eachother and with the things that surround us. I create ceramic torsos using molochite clay which I often smokefire in galvanised dustbins. I also make House Gods to protect and amuse, and Fat Birds - little smokefired sculptures that tell the story about what it is like to be a fat bird at peace with its surroundings.
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11 Responses to Seven reasons to be cheerful…!

  1. Lynda says:

    Very cheerful! What a treat Mindy is. 🙂


  2. Beautiful picture Anna, and you have a lovely view from your house of the sea! Have a lovely Week! Much Love Paul OXOXOXOXO


  3. Shards Of DuBois says:

    wow, wish my studio was that clean…and love the it real??? lol can’t tell. enjoy your day!


  4. pimpmybricks says:

    One of my absolute favourite times in the UK was towards the end of winter when there were the very first suggestions of Spring and the utter heart-expanding joy to be had from those. I think I must be one of the very few people on earth (or so it seems!) who loved the English winter. That cycle of death before re-birth every year. Who could ever be bored with that happening all around them? Here in Straya, though there are lots of lovely things, the seasons blur into one another and there’s a sort of all-year fecundity which doesn’t have that birth-bloom-fade-death-birth cycle of the UK. And I MISS IT! So I loved this post because it felt so exactly about all that.

    And I think I might request a post on how to keep your orchids happy enough to bloom like yours does. It’s sensational. And your studio is pretty lovely too.


    • Anna says:

      Thank you so much for dropping by! Yes, I adore this time of year! It is morning in England and the birds outside my window are singing their hearts out; song thrushes, robins, wood pigeons, collared doves and a mob of sparrows are trying to make as much noise as possible and it is rather delightful! meanwhile, the sun is rising, lemon yellow, behind the hills. Ah!
      I treat my orchids pretty mean, once the frosts are over they are left outside in the garden to fend for themselves. I do feed them comfrey fertilizer sometimes – do you know how to make that?
      How is your trip to Bali coming on – have you located your passport? Anna xx


      • pimpmybricks says:

        I’ve heard they like a bit of rough treatment (orchids) so maybe I need to stop cosseting mine. Nope, I don’t know how to make comfrey fertiliser, but I can google it. And the passports were found – yes! But the trip to Bali has to be postponed because of house goings on and a forthcoming trip to the UK to see aged (and ill) parents (plus a few side-trips for mental health).


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