Birthday cards from the vicar

Birthday card by the Rev David Addison (2009)

Birthday card by the Rev David Addison (2009)

The great thing about packing up a house is that all sorts of curious things emerge – although, frustratingly there’s not usually enough time to settle down and have a good look at them. Having come upon two birthday cards, sent to daughter No 3 by the vicar in 2009 and 2010, I couldn’t, however, resist interrupting my star crazed blogging to show them to a wider audience.

Birthday card by the Rev David Addison (2010)

Birthday card by the Rev David Addison (2010)

To ponder their meaning is something yet again, and on one level may well be pointless. The vicar is in general a  non figurative abstract painter, although the figurative has obviously intruded into his birthday card compositions to refer directly to the recipient. I waylaid the wielder of the brush as he walked through the room to let the cat out, patted the seat on the sofa beside me and, turning the computer to show him pictures I had taken, was met with “did I do those?”  Why so many worms, I wondered … and so did he…

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  1. Portia
    Posted May 2, 2016 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    I love David’s birthday cards! I still have the ones he did for me. I will frame them now I am back in the UK. I think he designs them based on the person – one of mine is based on an VN style traditional house. Perds and worms… I can see it!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted May 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

      I’ll have to take photos of those too – they do make us laugh!

  2. Lydia
    Posted May 4, 2016 at 1:13 am | Permalink

    The early bird catches the worm?

    Are you moving Mary? If you are I hope all goes well although finding such treasures as these exquisite cards is such a treat not least for those with whom you are sharing them.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted May 4, 2016 at 9:34 am | Permalink

      In June, my husband will finally retire after 50 active years in the C of E. We are off to London to be near daughter No 1, husband and their son and I shall become their nanny. Life will be very different but we are looking forward to it.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the cards!

      • Lydia
        Posted May 4, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

        Lots of change it seems… how thrilling to return to favourite haunts and discover new ones… and perhaps be accompanied by a little chatty companion too! I wish you lots of happy times in your new home and a smooth and efficient move.

        • Lydia
          Posted May 4, 2016 at 10:21 am | Permalink

          I would add the very best of wishes to your husband on his retirement and all the exciting plans and projects that lie ahead….

  3. Posted May 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    The advantage of figurative painting is you usually know why you’ve done it – which in turn has the disadvantage that you miss out on all those wonderful “what did I do that for?” puzzles. I’m glad it gave the pair of you a bit of a sit down while you puzzled about the cards!

    • Mary Addison
      Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      Sorting out and packing is providing lots of slightly surreal moments when we face each other and wonder out loud where on earth something came from, who on earth something might belong to and do we really have to keep this. It is, however heartening that daughter No 3 (and we now know from the comment above, daughter No 2 as well) valued their unique birthday cards enough to have actually kept them.

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