Monday, November 17, 2008

A Post About Inanimate Animals

We have no pets right now.
So our animals live on our plates.
Lots of people out there like M.Kate and Diana are quite dotty about rabbits.



This rather bemused looking one lives on a plate we bought in Italy years ago.



This cheerful character looks a bit muscular. Perhaps he has a gym membership.



I am not a great fan of seagulls. I find them large, unsubtle and oddly depressing.
However, when offered a little jug featuring one in the sort of pottery sold to visitors to the Isle of Wight, I was wild with delight and taken back to wet sand and the smell of seaweed and shrimps.........



This last rabbit lives in the hall on the book shelf. He was painted by an art school friend more than thirty-five years ago.

32 comments:

  1. I'm dotty about rabbits, too. Love 'em. And, yes, I feel the same way regarding seagulls. I like your description of them as being "unsubtle". Hah - I can just imagine you saying that. :) And yet, they ARE unsubtle.

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  2. love this...you are too funny...I actually made my friends and husband take me to the village where this pottery has been made for many centuries in tuscany (or was it umbria?)...i really loved visiting all the workshops but now i forgot the name of the village...sad because i'm not even THAT old...thanks for the reminder and a view of your lovely animalistic stuff.

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  3. I adore quirky ethnic pottery! Yours are lovely. And Simon's little rabbit is priceless!!

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  4. That little rabbit is something to smile about. It would make me happy each day entering and exiting your apartment. Thanks for the animal tour of your place! It was wonderful.

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  5. Sqeeeeeeee.....I love the plates. Thanks for doing this blog for all the rabbit addicts. The little rabbit painting is so sweet, I would carry him around too. I have a flat ceramic toad that a friend made me in 5th grade (that was a long time ago...) that I have carried from home to home.

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  6. I'm okay with rabbits, but I really like cats. I don't have cat pictures but I've collected a few cat figurines through the years. Now, seagulls, I realize it is rather 'low' of me, but I rather like them. They're noisy trash eaters but whenever I see one, I am transported to a world of beach and surf

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  7. I love your bunnies! One of the best parts about not living in London proper is taking the train during prime "bunny time" (early morning, late afternoon) and seeing them in the fields. I love the painting best :-)

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  8. They are all lovely buns, but that little painting is smashing!

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  9. Ohhhh love the little rabbit painting!

    Ha! The seagull comment cracked me up Elizabeth... "oddly depressing" .. hee, hee... :o)

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  10. I love that rabbit - I would think that all these animals (if the plates are in constant use) have almost become part of the family.

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  11. And you don't have to worry about these little bunnies eating your cabbages...

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  12. Delightful collection! And I am really crazy about the painting!

    Happy Monday from both of us!`

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  13. As a bunny slave, how could I not love this post? The plates are lovely and the picture tops them all..such a cute representation of a bunny...on the run?Thank you for cheering up my evening (far away from my bunnies..!).

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  14. beautiful plates, I hope you use them as everyday dishes and enjoy them with their nice rabbits designs. I didn't comment, but wanted to say your sunday shot was really great.

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  15. Wow beautiful that second bunny is so adorable I added your NY blog now as well so I keep keep track of your wonderful posts

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  16. Very cute...

    Today, it's st Elisabeth in catholic religion...

    So Happy fest...

    See You later...

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  17. All of your inanimate pets are charming! (I really adore that little rabbit painted by your friend.)

    I would much rather have some chickens on the china . . . Emma Bridgewater does some nice ones . . . than the ones I have in real life. I am not enjoying my pet chores in this raw weather!

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  18. Hello Elizabeth,

    I am another fan of that bunny painting. Do you have any others that that artist?

    Seagulls make me think of the Staten Island Ferry. And the Staten Island Ferry makes me think of seagulls. Hey, come to think of it, I have not been on the ferry in many years.

    See what thoughts you have encouraged?

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  19. wooo...wabbits from you :D
    Yep, Diana and me a kinda dottie over them..I am drooling over her bunnies actually as I've not seen any of such type here. My rabbit poop cleaning has been reduced tremendously as most were adopted by friends and neighbours. LOVE all those bunny plates, they are so cute and beautiful...and especially the last painted bunny :D well..as they said in rabbit land..have a bunnderful day hehe ..and tks for the post too ;p

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  20. I have to say... you have such lovely pictures on your blog, and each picture says a nice little story.. sometimes cute, sometimes nostalgic, and sometimes just something emotional...

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  21. Very charming, Elizabeth...especially love that rabbit painting! It's good to have animals in ones life...even if only on porcelain or canvas...Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  22. I love the all patterns and colors! Definitely something to make you feel cheerful.

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  23. You've got great taste! I love the artist, funky feel of those pieces.

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  24. I adore all your inanimate animals! I feel animated to attempt an imitative post anon....

    Not to mention an alliterative and hopefully not too inane comment!

    I'm just having fun with words. But, truly, this is a lovely little collection.

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  25. As you know, I love that rabbit on the bookshelf! So great to see him again. Hugs, Deniz xxx

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  26. absolutely charmed by the small portrait of the rabbit. Your blog is terrific, such droll humor.

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  27. love the wabbit, the books, the old frame.

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  28. I liked your shot of Huntington Bay. It was very dramatic, fitting that cold day.
    Ann

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