Sunday, 30 May 2010

Sunday May 30th - part 2

After a bit of a struggle to find a pub that wasn't full to the brim and a little tantrum from me we found The Old Coach Inn in Thornham where I happily guzzled half a cider and a lamb shank puff pastry pie.


Then only a few hundred yards further along we discovered a fabulous treasure of a shop called
"Vintage Home and Garden" run by the lovely Jo Griffiths who I discovered on Twitter when I began to follow her a couple of months ago. I am keen to follow businesses and people in Norfolk that I feel an affinity with and having met Jo today I know I wasn't wrong. We share the same love of colour and neither of us will wear black! Funnily enough we were both wearing yellow cardigans today :)

 (Jo is on the right - what style! and @tonybonus and my young son on the left)

The shop is absolutely lovely. I realise now on looking at my photos that I did not take in much of what was there and am longing to go back without the children. The shop isn't large but every bit of space is beautifully used and with Jo's styling background it isn't hard to understand why.


If you are searching for a genuine old gardening tools, the handles worn smooth from being handled for years you have come to the right place. Elegant glassware, delicate bird cages, giant rulers and highly fragrant candles all grace the longest old French table I've ever seen. Which is for sale....

There are blankets woven from recyled wool, antique toys that make lovely decorations if you can't bear to have them played with. Near the door a lovely selection of contemporary cards and gift wrap
 
 (one of my three purchases - a card by Biddy Picard published by artcardscornwall.co.uk)

..are available and I spotted two bowls of very appealing hand made Snapdragon badges and mirrors by Scottish designer Jane Lindsey, who is also a twitter favourite of mine.




 (The smell potent smell of marzipan rises when you lift the lid, I couldn't resist buying one of these)

Jo is supremely welcoming and helpful and I would highly recommend a visit, looking forward to going back. Tony and I are hoping to visit the Yurt next door again for more than a drink and will plan it for a day when Vintage Home and Garden is open.




While there today I drank a delicious bottle of Breckland Cloudy Lemonade - yum. Breckland Orchard is another Norfolk business that can be found on Twitter.


Do look at http://www.coastandcountryhome.co.uk/index.htm to find out more about Jo and Vintage Home and Garden...there is a link there to Jo's blog .... :) happy reading!

4 comments:

  1. WOW lovely. I am not that far from Thornham so we will have to make a trip over there one day.
    :o)

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  2. Thank you for your comment - lovely to have one;)
    Definitely worth a look and the food in the yurt looked good too.
    x Gabs

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  3. Ahh....glad you enjoyed the Cloudy Lemonade Gabs, it does taste wonderful, but the Yurt setting makes it even more fab doesn't it! I love that place
    x Claire

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  4. HEee hee - hello Claire - glad you found the blog too! could do with some of your lemonade now as am parched! x Gabs

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