Back in Dorset now, until we cross the Channel to prepare for a Family Christmas, we are able to catch up with our fellow Winterborne Walkers over Christmas Dinner at the Countryman Inn in Wool. The following week it’s time to meet up with my fellow readers to discuss a book which has proved to be an unanimous hit, The Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. The following evening we have our lovely friends Eamonn and Celia to supper. In amongst these Dorset days we make a weekend visit to Godalming so that I can go to Mary’s Private View.
With her 90th birthday just days away Mary is a marvel. She did not take up painting and potting until she reached 60 after which she developed her ranges of slipware which are well-known locally. Her work has its devotees amongst which I count myself, being particularly fond of her Quince plates and dishes. Sister-in-law Lis, nieces Harriet and Briony have all received a Wondrausch item from me and I have a some lovely pieces too. Her latest project has been to embark on a series of paintings which are a combination of watercolour, gouache and collage of snippets taken from magazines and other literature. These pictures have two themes. One set of pictures features still life compositions incorporating nature’s harvest: medlars, mushrooms, quinces, globe artichoke. The other range consists of portraits of Mary’s large collection of vases, jugs, pots and glassware embellished with floral arrangements. Five of Mary’s paintings have found their proper home on our walls in St Vaast 🙂