Catherine Daniel Ceramics

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Birds, Butterflies and Gardens

Sorry about my prolonged absence - have been having a little break from pottery and enjoying the slightly better weather. And being outside in our jungle, garden has focussed my attention on just what a mess it is!  I used to keep on top of the gardening years ago when I was not doing the pottery, but in the end something had to give cos I'm not Superwoman!  No, really, I'm not.

So, I enlisted the help of reluctant bored teenager, and slightly less reluctant hubby, to help me get the grounds to the estate back in some sort of shape.  Bored teenager's help didn't last long, but I think hubby, aka Mellors, is quite enjoying taking orders from the lady of the house.

So today I came home with these two little additions which may or may not thrive under our so-called care, as it's a bit 'survival of the fittest' on our humble plot, but you never know...

One is a Harlequin Buddleia, which I hope will attract the odd flutter-by or two, with any luck.

And the other is a Climbing Rose called Galway Bay, which I wish to see rambling round the front porch, please.  We built Potterjotter Towers twelve years ago, so quite why it has taken this long to get my rose round the door, I don't know!

And speaking of Butterflies, here is one I made earlier..... and measures 30cm across!!

This is it before it was fired, at the leather-hard dried clay stage.  And, unfortunatley, it flew off to its new home before I remembered to take a picture of the finished piece.  Silly me!!  All I can say is, it was EXTREMELY COLOURFUL and unlike any butterfly species known to man!

It went to a new (for me) outlet on the Norfolk Coast called Potter and Dibble, at Dersingham near Sandringham.  (Maybe the Queen will buy it when she's next there!)  Potter and Dibble is a lovely eclectic mix of all things beautiful for the home, so if you're out that way give it a whirl.

Now I need to do a belated whirl of my own visiting all your blogs! 

x Cathy x


  1. Good to see you back! I was beginning to wonder.... happy potting,'s all in the mud!

  2. Lovely plants for your garden; the rose especially. Gorgeous butterfly ... :0)

  3. In my experience, buddliea is pretty much unkillable, so that won't be a problem, but I do wish you'd done a picture of the finished butterfly!

  4. Beautiful butterfly and I love the bird and flower plaque as well. Well done on getting bored teenager into garden - I can't get mine out of bed at the moment

  5. Lovely butterfly.Didn't manage to get to Anglesey Abbey last week while we were in Cambridge "grandparenting".I was looking forward to seeing some of your work.

  6. Ooh your butterfly looks lovely, I bet it looked amazing in all it's coloured glory!
    Victoria xx

  7. Lovely to meet your 'Mellors' the other week! And I must pop up and have a look at that butterfly in all its glory.

  8. Nice to see that you're back! Lovely flowers that will be a great addition to your yard.

  9. There are you :D

    That rose is gorgeous, just perfect for a bit of front of house rambling.

  10. Hi Cathy,
    I hope your buddleia attracts lots of butterflies and such a lovely rose to go around your door. Thank you for leaving me a comment and introducing me to your blog your pottery is s0 lovely.
    Sarah x

  11. Nice little pottery picture. Wish I could do that! Hope the rose springs into life next year and you have a beautiful rambling rose.

  12. Birds, butterflies and gardens, you got me with those words!! I just love your pottery pieces too!! I have a purple butterfly bush like the one you bought and it seems to be thriving. Sometimes our winters get pretty harsh and they don't survive but I just re-plant as I like them so well. Good luck with yours and the rose, looks lovely. Wish I could have seen your finished butterfly, maybe the owner could send you a picture??? Sandy

  13. Love your writing style, Cathy. Amusing and quirky with fabulous pottery thrown in!

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  15. Love that butterfly - bet it looked wonderful in all its colours. I drove past Potter and Dibble a few weeks ago on my way home from visiting my parents who live in the same village.
    Thanks for visiting my blog :-)

    Su x