Yesterday was a lovely sunny day here in my town in southern Ontario, and I set off early in the morning to travel across the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) to meet up with the very funny and entertaining Margie of Tea in the Valley fame. And here we are (thank you for the photo Margie!) ...
Margie invited me to her beautiful town of Dundas (a town I used to call home myself!), and we visited the Hamilton Potters Guild spring sale held in the old Armoury. The sale was just incredible, and we enjoyed wandering along the aisles admiring all the beautiful handmade pottery for sale. There were so many things to choose from! We admired bowls, mugs, casseroles, plates, birdhouses, jewelry and much, much more. Since I have been decluttering my own home, and since Margie is a self-proclaimed minimalist (oh, except for anything tea related ha ha!), we were each very selective about what we decided to purchase.
|Margie (right), Wendy (left)|
After a bit of thought back and forth, I decided on this beautiful green faux log pottery birdfeeder. The top flat lid opens up so you can easily fill it with wild birdseed. There are a couple of small openings just above the tray where the seeds come out attracting all sorts of wonderful and rare birds ... well, okay, so I don't have rare birds, but some are wonderful if just to me.
|look at that lovely wood-grain finish!|
The instructions say to be careful of this in high winds, and perhaps take it down if it gets really windy. I put it out today ... a rainy dismal day ... and waited patiently all day for some feathered friend to locate the offerings. I was finally rewarded when a pair of red-winged blackbirds stopped by, and the female had quite a feast before she could no longer stand to have her photo snapped with an unattractive beakful of munched seeds spilling down her chin!
The pair (the male was on the niger seed feeder alongside her) finally flew off and that was all that dared the green log
A couple of goldfinches did enjoy a little feast on the old metal feeder though ...
... the male is almost finished moulting his drab olive green jacket for his snappy yellow and black.
The other item I purchased was this small and beautiful leaf-shaped dish (quite tiny) which I assume is for anything you want, and which I want to use as a teabag holder. It's glazed with an attractive raku glaze, which is the coppery, metallic finish.
After two hours of meandering through the rows and rows of beautiful pottery, Margie and I headed down the main street in Dundas and stopped in a funky eatery for a cup of warmth and a scone each. It was a very busy place, but the food and drink were most welcome after all our strenuous pottery show visit! We chatted up a storm for our entire time together, and I enjoyed the day so much!! It was a real treat to visit Dundas again, and to meet a new friend in Margie was just the best ;)
After I left Margie, I had planned to visit the local Grove Cemetery (I know that sounds really depressing!) to see the places of rest of my great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. But honestly, by the time I got back into my truck I was just too tired and decided to hit the road for home. A long drive ... and finally back home. I'm glad I didn't visit the cemetery after all because I was just wiped.
Thank you so much Margie for a really enjoyable day!!