Merry Christmas

Hunkered down at home whilst storm Barbara rages outside, giving me the opportunity to start wrapping presents and getting into the Christmas Spirit.

Also giving me the opportunity to wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Enjoy the gatherings and family time.

Belia, Lindsay, Yvonne and Merlin

A Christmas Childhood

This is my very favourite Christmas Poem by Irish poet, Patrick Kavanagh. It was first published on 24th December 1943.

A CHRISTMAS CHILDHOOD

One side of the potato-pits was white with frost-
How wonderful that was, how wonderful!

My father played the melodion
Outside at our gate;
There were stars in the morning east
And they danced to his music.

Across the wild bogs his melodion called
To Lennons and Callans.
As I pulled on my trousers in a hurry
I knew some strange thing had happened.

Outside in the cow-house my mother
Made the music of milking;
The light of her stable-lamp was a star
And the frost of Bethlehem made it twinkle.

A water-hen screeched in the bog,
Mass-going feet
Crunched the wafer-ice on the pot-holes,
Somebody wistfully twisted the bellows wheel.

My child poet picked out the letters
On the grey stone,
In silver the wonder of a Christmas townland,
The winking glitter of a frosty dawn.

Cassiopeia was over
Cassidy’s hanging hill,
I looked and three whin bushes rode across
The horizon – the Three Wise Kings.

 

 

 

 

 

An old man passing said:
‘Can’t he make it talk’-
The melodion. I hid in the doorway
And tightened the belt of my box-pleated coat.

I nicked six nicks on the door-post
With my penknife’s big blade-
There was a little one for cutting tobacco.
And I was six Christmases of age.

My father played the melodion,
My mother milked the cows,
And I had a prayer like a white rose pinned
On the Virgin Mary’s blouse.

 

Belia, Lindsay, Yvonne and Merlin wish you all a warm, peaceful and happy festive season.

 

Welcome to Findhorn Pottery

Welcome to our new website and my very first blog-ever!

Lindsay, Yvonne and myself are very excited by our new on-line shop. I am at the moment busy adding products to the shop on a daily basis to give you the very best selection of our wide range.

Now you can get our iconic candle holders and other unique Findhorn Pottery, as well as the Erraid Candles from the comfort of your sofa and just in time for Christmas.

Home comforts

Home comforts

Here in Findhorn we have been blessed with a beautiful Indian Summer and the autumn colours are still strong and vibrant.
Autumn is my very favourite season and all of us always find great inspiration in the colours, shapes and textures of the autumnal landscape.

End of Harvest

Autumn in Findhorn

 

In the meantime, the geese have arrived and the swallows have left (some time ago), the clocks have turned back, so it is time to light the wood stove and settle into a gentler rythym as the sleepy times approach.

 

We trust that you enjoy our new site and look forward to hearing from you.

Stay warm and well

Belia