Posie's Blog. Tales of island life on a hebridean hill farm

Posie's Blog. Tales of island life on a hebridean hill farm

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Pottering Around......


I have been AWOL for a good few weeks, not from the farm, but from the blog, life has suddenly upped a gear and got incredibly hectic, something I am sure most of you can relate to. The holiday cottages are full, and we have started to venture into the world of bed and breakfast, as the Happy Farmer's building work is all now completed, what a star he is! Although he is incredibly busy these days making sure all of our guests are given a true island welcome, which does involve lots of whisky and entertaining tales. 
I have been getting incredibly creative in the pottery and it has been paying off, with lots of lovely visitors calling by, lots of afternoon teas being served and lots of pottery flying off the shelves, the latter has been very reassuring as I have been dipping my toe in the water of creativity and experimenting with designs, waiting to see if people what people would like. They appear to like it all, so all my worries of shelves lying laden with pottery that visitors look at but don't buy has evaporated. 
Last Saturday we turned the pottery and tea room into a 'Blooming Great Tea Party' and donated all the proceeds from  afternoon teas to Marie Curie Cancer Care, raising £295.48 in a few hours.
The pottery cats have been endearing themselves to all of the visitors, waiting patiently for them in the car park and  lying out in the sun with them as they have alfresco lunches. The photo is of Doughball, posing on top of one of the smaller kilns...after a busy day in the pottery. 
Thankfully Charlie and Joey, the hens have remained in the garden, and not ventured over the road to the pottery, now that would be a disaster. They are still laying beautifully in the nesting boxes, and Mist, the sheepdog, is still giving up her sleeping quarters in the kennel to Charlie hen, even though she is no longer getting her dietary supplement of an egg a day, so all remains calm on the animal front. Sugar Lump, the pet lamb is growing bigger by the day and we have plenty of volunteers to give her a bottle now we have a lot of  younger visitors at the pottery.
Now all I need is to get the Happy Farmer and the rest of the crew to behave so well....
Until next time....

13 comments:

Rob-bear said...

Sounds like you're having a wonderful time, even if you've totally gone to pot (so to speak). Livestock seem to be in good order; likewise Happy Farmer.

Hope you're having a wonderful summer, with enough whisky to ward off the rainy chills that most of Britain seems to be experiencing.

Elizabethd said...

Posie, your pottery is so lovely. I wish I was near enough to come and see it.

Tattie Weasle said...

I'm with Elizabeth would love to be closer to visit! So good to hear everything being so busy!

bayou said...

Hi Posie, good to see that life takes above blogging :-). Huge congratulations to the farmer to have finished it all and bravo for the B&B opening. I also love all your potteries on display and can imagine that those sell like wee fresh rolls from the baker. Would love to be a guest on your tea room table - who knows---one day? Especially if the farmer keeps up his guest welcoming with a wee drum, then there is a huge reason for EG to come with me.

Frances said...

Posie, your summertime just looks so successfully busy! I do like the look of all the china, and am not surprised that your B&B is going so well.

Thank you also for the update on the hen in the kennel and other animal news. I do hope that you are getting some rest every so often.... xo

Molly said...

Lovely to have you back in blog land Posie. Your pottery is stunning - I love it.

Chris Stovell said...

Wow! You have been busy! Gosh, it's all looking lovely there - and your pottery is gorgeous. And you sound happy which is lovely too!

Pondside said...

So that's what you've doing!....though I had no trouble at all thinking of 101 reasons for your absence, given all the comings and goings around your place.
Your pottery is lovely. No wonder it is flying off the shelves. Such a pretty and useful souvenir for a lucky guest.

Posie said...

Ah thank you all for your lovely comments. I will try to catch up with you all over the next wee while, meantime it is really lovely to hear from you, I do appreciate your comments, Posie x

Maggie Christie said...

What lovely pottery - I've just had a close look at the pictures and have made a mental shopping list of the pieces I'd like. What a lovely thing to do to have afternoon tea and then go home with a lovely tea pot. I want to be a bit nearer so I can come and visit too!

Melanie said...
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Melanie said...

Posie your life sounds so hectic and yet so interesting. Some friends of ours are coming up there to the hebrides for their holiday this summer. Do you have a link to your holiday cottages and B&B. I'd love to come up and experience just a little picture of your life, and my husband just loves his single malt whiskey x

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