Isn't this a beautiful blue sky? The weather was great yesterday with temperatures almost warm enough for t-shirts, a light breeze, and these beautiful sunny blue skies. We were working hard on cleaning, packing, etc. etc. etc. (will it every stop??) but made a point of breaking off in mid afternoon for a long walk.
Oh, sorry, Mom! Did I splash you?
The name Quimper refers to a town in northwest France (Brittany) which has produced pottery continuously since 1707. There were two major factories, Jules Henriot and Hubaudiere-Bousquet, and they eventually merged in 1968 and then were restructured in 2011 to form the company now known as Henriot-Quimper. This tangled history makes identifying and dating pieces a challenge, and understanding what Suzanne collected and perhaps adding to it will be an interesting project for my retirement!
Meanwhile I have the pleasure of simply enjoying the folk art beauty of the pieces. About half of what I have is plates.
The rest are vases, pitchers, sconces, candlestick holders, and other pieces in interesting shapes. I wonder if this one was made to hold rolled up towels? Or a low flower arrangement?
I originally thought this wonderful bull was made to hold small flowers, but when I put short-stemmed daffodils in it one year it looked odd.
By the end of the day this big packing job was done.
As you can imagine, our house and shed are filled with boxes! I think I see a PODS container in our near future. We'll use one to get this initial packing out of here and then use another for the actual move in early June. The plan is for PODS to store the first container here and then transport both containers out to Boulder.
I hope I'm smiling like this lady as I carry boxes out to the PODS container!
While I had been packing, Ben had been doing a variety of odd jobs on the "get the house ready to sell list." To reward ourselves for all this work we had an early dinner at Ben's favorite restaurant.