PUBLISHED: 13:02 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:02 16 May 2013
Feed the birds!
Popular at craft fairs, these sculptural birdfeeder trees double up as eye-catching art for your garden.
All handmade and designed by sculptor Mark Reed and his brothers, each piece is beautifully created in their forge in the family orchard.
Made from oxidised steel with a preserving wax finish, they feature a natural wood-like touch.
Perfect on the patio in large pots or freestanding on the lawn, the trees are inspired by Mark’s natural surroundings as a child, growing up on his family’s fruit farm in Ashill, between Swaffham and Watton.
Take a look on Mark’s website to find a rustic heart hanging apple, fat balls and nut feeders or stainless steel flowers that bloom open to serve as bird feeders and baths.
Their work is sold in private collections around the world, with Elton John and Ringo Starr named among their fans!
Two not-to-be missed new lines at Jarrold’s Norwich store that we love this month are the Koziol flower shaped tea strainer at £16.25. Made from recyclable plastic these pretty little flowers assist you in making the perfect cup of tea. In a range of vibrant colours they’ll look great in the kitchen – just remove the flower from its leaf green stand, place on top of your mug and sip or serve.
And you can’t beat the Fatboy Beanbag, £159! Ditch your old, out of shape beanbag for new stylish Fatboy beanbag that comes in a range of sleek and stylish colours, including a deep shiny purple. And they have a convenient PVC coating that’s dirt and moisture repellent.
Jane Richards Interiors in Norwich’s Lower Goat Lane stocks fabrics and wallpapers by a range of leading designers, and this year clever Jane is collaborating with Phillip Browne Menswear on Guildhall Hill in homage to the great fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
Their shop window features a Vivienne Westwood suit complemented by the iconic Squiggles wallpaper, produced for Vivienne Westwood by Cole and Son.
Boutique owner, Jane explains: “We had great fun working together dressing the windows with chairs, suits and handbags. Mannequins were run up and down the Lanes from shop to shop, causing great amusement for shopkeepers and the general public. Each window also features a beautiful handbag by upcoming handbag designer Jane Goodchild.
“Local businesses supporting each other like this is why the Norwich Lanes had to be home for Jane Richards Interiors,” she adds. “We would like to thank Philip and his amazing team for all their help in making this collaboration a great success.”