I bought a barn owl! Yes, really! I bought a barn owl!
OK, it isn’t a real live one. It is a beautifully simple pottery owl, sitting on a post, looking as if he is dosing, but you know he has his hearing tuned in to any wee movement that could be a mouse, and is ready to fly and pounce!
I had come to Scone Palace with a group of U3A Arts group members as there was a spare place on the minibus and I had been invited to go along. I really didn’t have much of a clue about what we would see, but it would be nice to see the Palace, where past Kings of Scots were crowned on the Stone of Destiny, in the days before the union of the two countries of Scotland and England (Yes, we had our own monarch before 1603 when Elizabeth I of England died having named her heir as James VI of Scotland). In earlier days than that even, in 1296, the stone of Scone was captured and removed from Scotland by King Edward I of England, to London where it was incorporated in the throne of the English (and later British) monarchs. It was finally returned to the Scots in 1996, and now resides in Edinburgh Castle, while only a replica can be seen at Scone.
Anyway I didn’t get to see inside the Palace or the replica of the Stone, as the event we had come to – Potfest – was being held in marquees in front of the building. There were maybe 50 or more stalls, exhibiting and selling their pottery – so many ideas, styles, shapes, textures, sizes….. Some was very traditional: plates, cups, saucers, mugs, vases, but even then the styles varied from fine to chunky.
These heraldic pieces were interesting!
but I was blown away by these owls…..
…..and so after a long debate with myself, I bought a barn owl!
Talk again soon.