154…Giverney and a new collection

by frances doherty on April 18, 2016

A friend came to visit and with the warming of the days, and the blossoming trees we thought we would take a trip down to Monets garden. Somehow I haven’t been there for about 25 years, and I wasn’t sure how much there would be to see, as the last time I went it was July and the garden was amazing. But I needn’t have worried, it was just as colourful albeit with completely different planting.

Cherry at Givernet

Cherry at Givernet

tulips

Tulips

At this time of year it’s so uplifting to see such huge banks of colour. As well as the tulips there were lilies and poppies…just gorgeous.

Monets house

Monets house

If you haven’t been to Givernet before…this is the splendid house. Inside is a glorious yellow dining room,

dining room

dining room

so bright you need your sunglasses, and in the kitchen is a beautiful range

solid fuel range

solid fuel range

This must have been state of the art in its time, it has taps above and below for drawing hot water, and you could cook up a feast on this. However, I know from running a Rayburn all winter, that this must have absolutely eaten the fuel….and I can only imagine the ash and dust!

Inside the house I spotted a lovely line of green glazed earthenware pots,

Green glazed jars

Green glazed jars

although I suspect it’s a lead glaze that wouldn’t be allowed now.

I couldn’t finish without a picture of the famous bridge. Too early for the wisteria,

wisteria bridge

wisteria bridge

but lovely just the same. If you’ve never been to Givernet…it is well worth a visit….just make sure you go at lunchtime to avoid the crowds.

As the weather warms, the visiting cyclists arrive. Last week we had a French couple who are cycling around France to raise money for a childrens mental health charity. They saved all their holidays from last year and this in order to do this, and will be cycling until some point in June.

Bruno and Christelle

Bruno and Christelle

They were riding a tandem…with a trailer. I can’t imagine how they’re going to pull that lot around the rest of France, especially as they’re averaging 100 kms a day!

The kiln has been firing non stop this month, and as I type the very last kiln is starting up. I have a whole new collection of work to show this year and I’m excited to see how people respond to it. Next week I’ll write up some info on this years house and show you some images from my guest artists. In the meantime here are a few images of sculpture hot out of the kiln this week.

cherry starburst

cherry star

Yellow rose of Texas

Yellow rose of Texas

 

crown of thorns

crown of thorns

 

Spiky white cactus

Spiky white cactus

 

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