On the ninth day of Christmas …

I can’t believe how cold it is tonight:  so cold, in fact, that I’ve lit my fire – and this is the summer solstice, what’s more!  After some blustery nor’west winds this morning it’s been overcast and damp since early afternoon – dreich, I think my mother would have called it, gey dreich 🙂

And for those who haven’t a clue what I’m talking about, a little definition of dreich:

A combination of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather. At least 4 of the above adjectives must apply before the weather is truly dreich
And by that definition, this afternoon was definitely truly and very (gey) dreich! 🙂
However, it didn’t dampen the birthday celebrations for my septuagenarian friend, Dave:  good on ya, mate!
In the ninth day gallery attachment the photos of the little bits of pottery-cum-jewellery are from a workshop that took place next door at Avice Hill, where the clever people from Smash Palace helped participants to create something beautiful and useful out of broken crockery and china (particularly meaningful to Christchurch residents following the earthquakes):  such a lovely way of recycling, and turning bad memories into something precious!  Here’s a bit from their blurb when they were advertising the workshops:
Smash Palace Jewellery makes gorgeous jewellery made from broken china.
We are now running workshops so you can turn your broken china into lasting jewellery treasures.
Design and create your own unique hand made gifts out of broken china.
Join us for a fun day and make yourself some gorgeous jewellery.

To secure your place email us today at info@smashpalace.net

In our opinion crockery is an unconditional unifier. It creates a level playing field, everyone has a story or idea about it, and it can bring cultures and generations together. Not only that but it is incredibly beautiful, can be with you everyday, and pretty much demands a cup of tea and a cake.

And here’s a link to their “About Us” page on their website:


Clever little clogs, aren’t they?

Time to close this off and hit the sack, so here’s the offering for the ninth day of Christmas – mostly cats and flowers tonight!  (Just for a change …)


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