Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Pie Party

Donkey told Chicken that he would celebrate the first day of summer with a pie party.
"Am I invited?" Chicken asked.
"You may have the apple peelings." answered Donkey.





Donkey returned to his pink house and scoured his recipie box. This was one of his favorites, from Viv in the pie country of Stafford. http://www.hensteethart.blogspot.com/



In need of more pies, he trotted to Farmer Julie's and found her gathering beefsteak tomatoes.


He asked her to make a cox orange pippin apple pie.


"Am I invited?" asked Farmer Julie.


"Yes", said Donkey, "If you don't comment on table ediquitte."
So Farmer Julie made a pie. She kept the peelings for Chicken.
And she cut out the shape of a donkey with a toothpick and placed it on the top.
Hedgehog, however, made the tastiest pie of all. Strawberry rhubarb with a dash of lemon zest and extra cinnamon and a sprinkling of castor sugar on the top. It was a tiny triumph. She also wore her favorite bonnet.
All arrived at Donkey's on the first afternoon of summer.
They pulled their special cups from the sideboard. They ate pie, drank tea and gossiped.
There were some frightening manners displayed, but Farmer Julie kept right on sipping and smiling. After all, she was very happy to be in Donkey's pink house, with all of his pie-loving friends.

Happy Summer everyone!
xx
julie
juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

48 comments:

lilylovekin said...

Could I be invited? I would bring whipping cream.

Lori ann said...

oh julie! make it a real book and i'll be first in line to buy it. i LOVE your story, your pottery, and even the precious buttons on your pretty apron!
and hedgehogs wee flower bonnet will keep me smiling all day. such a lovely charming post.


with love,
lori

Valerianna said...

What an enchanting post, Julie, thank you! I'm forwarding a link to my mum, sister and niece.... and I really LOVE hedgehog holding her pie with her sweet bonnet!

Mozart's Girl said...

Oh my goodness Julie...loved this post & your beautiful work SO much! I love donkeys...& PIE!! All totally wonderful. Thanks so much for posting...Happy Summer to you too xoxo Rachel (& Alice)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Thank you for the wonderful tale.

Robin and the Sage said...

oh lovely!! you are so inspiring Julie.

A bird in the hand said...

"And is there honey still for tea?"

Love everything in this post, and you too.

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh my gosh! This is the most wonderful post I have ever seen. EVER!! You should be writing and illustrating children's books! (In all your spare time!)
I want to come to the pie party too!!!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

where do i start? the pie party...i think i have my invitation here....oh...here it is...Teddy had it...

i LOVE the wooden strawberry baskets on the table....the apron over the blue chair...YOUR apron...darling...

what a HAPPY SUMMER TALE....it brought me back to the HAPPY !!!!

sending love,
from all the donkeys ( and Teddy ) at Farmhouse Kitchen

Maki said...

This is sooooo sweet, Julie. Fab creations of yours both work and story :) Have a lovely summer too! xm

Claire said...

Oh farmer Julie, I am about to burst with happiness after reading this wonderful story.

A pie party how yummy...........

I love Hedgehogs beautiful bonnet and your lovely apron and how nice to visit Donkey's pink house.

It's always a treat to read your blog posts Julie.They whisk me away to a world I would love to live in.

No pie here, just tea and toast at the moment a beautiful sunny day to head off on holiday.

Claire :}

sharon said...

Julie, you are a feast for the imagination, and if I close my eyes I am with you there now!
Fantastic tale and post, you make me feel good, thank you for your tremendous give of creativity and spirit!

mosaicdp said...

Well I was very happy to read about this summer pie party at Donkey's house. What a sweet story and charming characters! Oh and the pie!!!!
xx, Doris

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a sweet post. I love the donkey and the pie sounds delicious. I think I need to get myself a pretty little apron like yours. I only have an ugly black bar tenders apron. It was in my husbands linen closet when I married him. YIKES!!!

jen storer said...

Julie I am totally in love with your whimsical world. And the bunny playing the fiddle just takes my breath away. Does he play celtic tunes, I wonder? Jigs and reels and haunting airs?
Happy Summer Julie et al! jxx

farmlady said...

This is wonderful. I think that Donkey's House is ready for publication.
I would love a piece of that pie...

Librarian said...

I agree with Lori ann - you should make this into a real book and I am sure it would sell well!
What a wonderful post; I always love reading from you, but this is, I think, my favourite so far.

TIKA said...

What a lovely post, Julie. you are a great storyteller, and your illustrations on your pots are just perfect for your fairytale.
I love the hedgehog with its lovely hat!

hensteeth said...

Such a wonderful party here that my Donkeys got very jealous and I had to quickly arrange an impromptu event...the story of which can be found in the Pie Country of Staffordshire.xxx

Morwenna Hill said...

Oh my golly crumpets this post is just darling! You had me oohing and ahhing at everything :)
Hapy Summer to you too Julie
Morwenna x

T's Daily Treasures said...

Absolutely adorable! Your pottery is gorgeous. Tea and pie and friends makes for a fabulous day. Best wishes, Tammy

Diane Duda said...

:)

Flutterby Patch said...

Julie, I never cease to be amazed at your talent. What a wonderful post. I love everything you do. I noted your comment about Staffordshire pottery that you left on my blog a couple of weeks ago. Yes indeed, what a great chat we'd have. Only wish I could afford more (sadly there are many are fakes around these days). Eli x

a mermaids purse said...

such a charming post...love it!
how sweet are the donkeys on your pottery pieces- so precious xxxx

Aunt Jenny said...

We have been pie making here lately...our favorite thank you gifts for neighbors are pies..we "hay hauling" thank yous and a get well pie to make and deliver last night.
I love the hedgehog and chicken cups...they are just so sweet. The perfect cups for a summer pie party! Your parties are the best! have a wonderful week!

A Brush with Color said...

Do you write children's books? If not, you really should. This is just charming. Love the bonnet! Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I have told several people about your delightful pottery. Makes me smile.

Nathalie Thompson said...

A pie party! What a great theme for a celebration. Your story is beyond charming. Love your pottery. :)

Pixie said...

Yes, i'm with 'lilylovekin', can i come too. Pixie

Lena said...

Oh goodness, what a truly charming post, and lovely scenes. You've put a smile on my face indeed!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Yes Pixie, and Lena and all you girls are invited. We'll need a few more pies.......blueberry would be nice. Oh and Lemon meriunge too.
xx
julie

gallerydarrow said...

BLUEBERRY!!! Churro and I will be right over he can take a piece in his cart.

The hedgehog bonnet is adorable.

I love this Beatrix Jule.

xo Rochelle

Pretty Things said...

Oh PIE! I adore pie.

And cake.

Maggie Ann said...

Julie, I love your hedgehog best of all, with her tiny pie and her lovely bonnet! But then again, saving those apple peelings for the chicken was delightful...and then how you brought your story right around to you in your kitchen baking was just....perfect! Thank you for the smile in my heart from your captivating & delightful post. Once again ...=), Maggie

Val said...

If ever you need to choose just one post to make someone fall in love with you and your artwork, this is it. :)

vicki said...

Julie- I am in love with this adorable post- it is so charming! The pictures are just precious- your artwork is amazing. I truly think that you could illustrate and write a children's book. You are a born storyteller!! I feel as though I have just entered an enchanted storybook world when I read your stories.

That pie is to die for!
Vicki

Denise said...

This past Dec. just spent a week in Cambria.Wish I would have read your blog back then.Just found your blog tonight.My favorite shop was a little Irish shop,I do love all things Irish.I might have even seen your work,I don't know.Nice to "meet" you.Drop by and visit me any time

Barbara said...

So very clever and artistic and fun.

April said...

Who cares about manners when there is PIE to be eaten! Oh I want to make a blackberry pie with a double crust and be invited to Donkey's celebration inside his cozy home with the Dutch door! I have many Julie W. hedgies and they all want to attend as well. We will bring our lovely tea pot and make an afternoon tea when we become sleepy after all that delicious pie! Sweet Dreaming!

dulcy said...

Julie....... this is just the sweetest little story! All your creations are so wonderful.... I treasure my cups and spoon, and keep them on display so I can always see them an smile.
xo
dulcy

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Happy summer to you too, Julie! Doesn't feel much like summer here at the moment though - strong winds, grey clouds and sharp showers are the order of the day....

Love Hedgehog in her new hat and the tale of the pie party. Your home-made apple pie looks delicious. x

Zuzu said...

I am so in love with your art, Julie. Little Hedgehog has stolen my heart.

It is snowing outside this morning (how rude!!!), so this little visit with you has really cheered me up! :)

Hugs,
Zuzu

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Lori Ann says it all....I Love this and your creativity.
Great post
Love
Maggie

ParisBreakfasts said...

I am enthralled.
It's easy to see this as a book Julie.
What a clever duck you are!

Merisi said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely Summer Pie Party!
Today is midsummer's day, I so enjoyed your feast.
Thank you,
Merisi

I am grateful to Carol of Paris Breakfasts for sending me your link!

Jody Battaglia said...

Hello Farmer Julie...Next time there is a pie-party, could you kindly ask the donkey if I may attend? I promise that I will bring tasty party treats. You have started my day with a genuine smile. Thank you.

Have silly pie fun, Jody

Flutterby Patch said...

Hi Julie, just to say thanks for the Royal Winton 'summertime' chintz suggestion. It's just perfect and I'm wondering if I can use a piece of it (don't suppose they do doll's teasets). Thanks for calling in, Eli

A time to dance said...

Totally in love with all your beautiful pieces...I loooooove donkeys...and apple pie...

Sharon said...

I love your blog and your pottery!

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