Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Useful or Beautiful

I've been pottering through Useful or Beautiful over the past few weeks, enjoying its temperate pace and gentle Englishness as an antidote to the immediacy of everything. It's engagingly written by Lucille (House Captain), who has nothing to sell and whose special subject is the way the light falls. She is looking after important Japanese visitors just now.



[my wildflower plates]

I think I've had these lovely wildflower plates for over six months now without showing them to you; I'm sorry about that. And that's not all. Once the rain stops, I can show you my new ceramic birdbath, or, if you wish, talk about it on the radio.

29 comments:

  1. If you find a way to generate civilized discourse around difficult socio-politic issues, I will direct you to a few US venture capitalists who will immediately give you tens of millions of dollars for your idea.

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  2. LPC (I like your new picture): would you ask them whether they'd give me tens of millions of dollars anyhow, without me doing anything? It's a long shot, I know, but worth a try.

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  3. I got a ceramic bird bath this year too....what does yours look like?

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  4. Thank you. Better than than the Ominous Black Triangle, no?

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  5. mybabyjohn/Delores, dare I hope that we have the same ceramic birdbath? I'll hop out of bed first thing tomorrow and take a moody shot of mine.

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  6. Your wildflower plates are beautiful. I found you via the marvelous Hattatts, and am thoroughly enjoying your blog.

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  7. Is your yogurt cup kin to these plates? If not...it's wonderful that they were adopted into the same family!
    Looking forward to the moody birdbath picture...
    xo J~

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  8. But couldn't you show us your new ceramic birdbath and talk about it on the radio?

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  9. Radio? What are you not telling us? A pattern is developing...

    The plates are lovely, of course.

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  10. You're right, of course, Denise. I've been selling my ceramic birdbath short.

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  11. Do ceramic birds come to bathe in your ceramic birdbath Mise ? Now that would be something to talk about on the wireless ! I like the word wireless.
    I'm also rather upset that it's taken you 6 monthe to show us your beautiful plates. What else have you been holding back I ask myself. XXXX

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  12. I have more and more appreciation for how the light falls as life goes on. Those are indeed lovely plates, by the way.

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  13. Of course you have wild flower plates, Mise, what others would you have now my dear, not plain plates of course, too drab....

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  14. I love your shared somewhat myopic sensibility (as in we all like closeup shots of things that don't move very fast, like plates.)

    Lovely plates. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Those plates look so at home right there on your shelf. Are they ever used to plate a warm scone with jam? Has a dollop of clotted cream ever been drizzled over the dainty flowers?

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  16. A ceramic birdbath? I will have to source on in the morning to include in the front garden remodelling (which was caused by having the whole thing dug up for a new sewage system!)

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  17. These kinds of plates ought to be treasured. To put some banal omelet on such a thing would be a crime.

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  18. They are pretty- looking forward to this bird bath ;)

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  19. Ha ahahaha, Useful or Beautiful must be your kin...you have similar senses of humour (or is it humor in Ireland?)Enjoyed stopping by her place...as well as yours, of course :)

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  20. I'm confused - are those a matching set of wild flower plate? Is that allowed?

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  21. Amee, I'm glad to see you're keeping a close eye on the Blogtopian rulebook. It is allowed to own a set of matched plates as an initial state, later to become part of a set of mismatched plates through a natural process of destruction. To shun sets as a policy would be as bad as distressing one's own furniture.

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  22. Love your plates and your blog!

    Have a good weekend.

    Fiona ~Raindrops & Daisies

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  23. fantastic !
    I love it :)

    kisses,
    Klaudia B.

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  24. Mise, I read Lucille's blog too. Her post today has sent me to you causing me to put off many things I should have done -hanging laundry, getting lunch, going to the loo. I can see I shall be spending many hours over here.

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  25. Mise, those plates are beautiful. I can just see you using them at a picnic, down by the shore with cornflowers blooming and seals on the rocks serenading you.

    I have been visiting Useful or Beautiful and it is a spectacular blog. I got lost in it and forgot to return and thank you and comment.

    Wishing you a delightful weekend.

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  26. stunningly beautiful plates! It's such a pleasure to meet your witty, pretty, blog!
    - Catherine at The Spring (in Brisbane, Australia)
    www.thespringblog.com

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  27. I think your plates are useful AND beautiful. So there. :)

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  28. I was going to write a lovely piece of prose, praising your blog, but my sides are aching from laughter! Just found it, and love it.

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You're looking particularly well.

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