Amidst the green, the summer rain comes,

Warm, awaken and shrouded in bright sun.

They never falter, fail nor fall,

Growing in silence, but never quite only fun.

Rising, reaching and staying head up and tall,

Petunia you are amongst the most beautiful of all,

Trying never to look back nor recall.

Strawberry Patch

I will marry an intellect,

An academic; poet and gardener

One with a big heart and fun too.

They are the starry-eyed wanderers;

And the creative thinkers with imagination.

We will have days of endless conversions

Carrying us into the night,

An exchange of profound words…

Turning thoughts into infinite meaning,

And infinite meaning into discovery

Winding in the roots of a life together,

And the universe will be ours.

Growing strawberry patches in pots

From the balcony.

Purple Pixie Bell

Growing along the garden walls

Even on the ceilings and the halls.

These are the sweetest there have ever been

In deepest purple I’ve ever seen.

Oh perennial; the hardiest of them all.

Meeting you among the swaying trees.

In summertime with welcomed bees

You are dusk, dark and lucid dreams.

Perhaps a pixie bell swimming in cream

Among the flowers blowing in the breeze.

About Peony’s

Pink Brilliance held up for all to see
On slightly faded words to be admired.
Like reading from an old parchment
Petals of rice paper; delicate to the touch.
Pink colours are just meant to be.
Can you see the love standing near?
Even if the years pass by…
Yes, even a peony will continue to love;
Here alongside you; this symbol of us.
I think it’s about the love we bare
Beside these beautiful peony’s
Smiling up at us with grace
Reciting Shakespeare from memory.

Edinburgh Scotland

Come Back Spring

The days are decked in snow

No swallow delights in this kind of cold.

Only the lonely daffodil shows

Bearing signs of freezing dew.

Both day and night,

Sprigs of green I long to clad

What mountain height and field had

Will be covered again with yellow daffodils.

When will Storm Emma wilt thou;

Warm to my native land; Wales

Come back Spring

To all thy glory stand.


While in Sri Lanka, we hunted and collected a few treasured from Galle and Kandy. While in Sri Lanka; we found some rare old Antique Petrus Regout Royal Sphinx Tea Cups, some old British empire spoons, climbed Sigiriya Rock and rode an Asian elephant.

The bowl looks like a small tea bowl or waste bowl; called spongeware. It has crescent moon and star inside. This particular piece of Spongeware was made for the Middle East, a tea bowl made from c.1883 to 1900.

It seems British and Dutch Empires were expansive with many diverse cultures serving in these Empire expeditions including the many religions who were Islam, Buddhist and Christian. As a result many types of pottery were made to serve these cultures during the colonisation of these empires.

Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch and British rule.

Ceylon was the country’s name then, known now as Sri Lanka. A British Crown colony between 1802 and 1948; a Buddhist nation but with a growing population of the Islamic people. The British ruled on the island and it lasted until 1948 when Ceylon gained it’s independence.

This old cup, considering the distance it has traveled and the age it is; it is amazingly in good condition and it remarkable it has survived. This bowl has fork marks. There is a small chip on the rim; but no cracks. There is crazing.

Most of the painting is still brilliant and on the outside and clear with the red crescent moon and star on white background inside. Glaze is good.
The Royal Sphinx stamp mark is clear on the base; Petrus Regout & Co. Maastricht Made In Holland.

Petrus Regout, in Maastricht, Holland. In 1836 Regout built a modern steam-powered pottery and was soon able to make ceramics that could compete with the best English products.
From 1880, his exports took off worldwide. From order books and correspondence with agents and buyers in the firm’s extensive archives, Petrus Regout sold these wares in Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Sudan, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq, Iran, British India and Indonesia.

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What Is Spongeware?

Traditionally spongeware was created on earthenware, which is defined as “some of the earliest clays used by potters, which is highly plastic, easily worked and containing iron and other mineral impurities.” Earthenware is usually fired at a lower temperature than stoneware, roughly 1745°F and 2012°F (950°C and 1100°C).

The earthenware provided a great base for the decorative spongeware to adhere to. Spongeware pieces are typically very functional, often things like mugs, bowls, vases and pitchers for use in the kitchen. For this reason, many pieces were made in molds. Once the piece was ready, a glaze was then applied to the surface piece in sporadic or in a deliberate fashion, dependent on what look the potter was going for.