Gowan's corn with Quimper pots alonside
3) Gowan's Corn ~ My friend Gowan is a farmer. He and Robert are always so helpful and friendly, reading the metres for me, carrying stuff that's too heavy for me, and when there is snow
or ice on the yard one of them brings the Guardian up for me each morning ~ "Don't you dare venture out in this !" ~ my lovely paper boys !
One August three or four years back I sent him an email : I have fished it out again.
August 18th 2011 ~ Gowan ~ in the days when I could still get out for country walks, I once picked an armful of ripe corn from the edge of a Hampshire field and, when
it was thoroughly dry, it stood in a pottery jug on the kitchen table for years reminding me of granaries, staddle stones and the Great Outdoors. I am too old and decrepit now to go skulking round the countryside. If only I knew someone,
perhaps a kind farmer, who would bring me a bunch of golden corn to gladden my fading housebound eyes ~ but I need to appeal to him now before all is safely gathered in ~ just a thought, no harm in hinting ~ I would gladly swap a bunch of corn, oats or barley for
a tarot reading !!
7.30 next morning when I went down the yard to collect the paper from Andersons Shop, there was Gowan beside his pick-up truck with a great armful of ripe corn ! "I gathered
it from the hedgerow as I went to get the truck." Thank you, you wonderful man ! And oh what beautiful corn !
The weather was dry and sunny just then and laying it out along the bench,
I'd soon got it bone dry. Half of it went into a big glass pitcher and still stands on the bureau, and there was enough left for another jugful in the kitchen ! Quite glorious ! When Ellen came, she said I
needed a few poppies among the corn and she'd look out for some artificial ones. In fact, she couldn't find any RED ones and brought me a bunch of YELLOW ones instead. Although not strictly corn poppies, and I did have initial doubts,
the result is super, as you can see from the picture ~ and they are still good as new all this time later. Wow !! Thank you Farmer Gowan !
[I'd never come across the name Gowan before, but he tells me it's
a long established name locally, and presumably derives from Gawain, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight etc. Come to think of it, though officially George, our Father was always known as Gavin which must have the same root !
Praise the Lord ~ I seem to be coming back to life tonight. I leave you with one of Di's photos of Gowan's corn on the bureau ! Tomorrow I hope to tell you about the pottery you see alongside it ~ half-a-dozen
pieces of this much-loved Quimper pottery which I have managed to collect over the years. Breton peasant designs, truly vernacular country-style French pottery ~ but that's for tomorrow ! And so Good Night ! Joy Peach