Many years ago , when the railways around this area were still operational, loads of waste from the towns were brought out to the country and spread on farmers' fields. Presumably there was a useful amount of organic waste which was good for fertility building, but also, amongst that waste there were old bottles, jars, clay pipes and lots of broken china and pottery.
A local, branch line ran alongside our farm and the adjoining fields still turn up lots of interesting bits and pieces even after all these years. When the fields have been grubbed or ploughed, it's fascinating to walk over them picking up interesting pieces which have been newly unearthed by the machinery. A good time to look is just after a shower of rain as pottery brought to the surface is washed clean and shows up clearly on the ploughed land.
Over the years I have collected a lot of pieces, and it's interesting to rummage through them looking at all the lovely patterned shards and fragments and wondering where they came from. There is a lot of spongeware, pieces of salt glazed pottery and of course masses of willow pattern in countless shades of blue!
We have a rather unattractive brick pillar which is part of a shed at the back of our house and I'm planning to cover it with a mosaic created from my collection of pottery. However, that's a summer project and maybe this year I'll finally get around to it.
I have put together some little collections of these finds and they are always of interest to visitors who are often amazed at what's out there in our fields!