Yesterday brought the most glorious spring day to Portland – and with it Amanda Simmons.
Last October I posted the news that Amanda had won the prestigious Gold Award at Origin 2010 in London and that she would be visiting New York in the Spring. I also suggested that she make the short trek west to visit us in Portland at the same time – preying upon the common Eurolusion that cities in America, like those in the Old World, are all within a quick train trek .
Oh my. Like a goldfinch at a garden feeder, Amanda suddenly appeared yesterday. What a joy. She’s everything I’d loved about her blog and mentions of life in a small Scottish village, otters, blue tits, beardies…
… and glass inspired by the colors of garden visitors and harvested by patient, committed, talented and delightful artists who occasionally make the most astounding long distance flights to foreign places and bring with them boundless and much needed sunshine.
* The top image in this post was shot by Colin Tennant. Among the many things that Amanda does wonderfully in her work, using a fantastic professional photographer is not the least.