Posts Tagged ‘Suffolk’

Cluck Cluck

Spring is definitely maybe in the air! Ok so we’ve had snow and it’s still quite chilly but hopefully that’s the last of it and the temperatures will start rising. The daffodils are definitely peeping through in the garden so we are taking that as a good sign. To try and encourage a Spring like feeling, we thought we’d look at our lovely range from Cluck Cluck.

 

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If you haven’t heard of Cluck Cluck then you really are missing out. It is a charming range of homeware and prints featuring hens, cockerels, pheasants and other birds. Everything is designed and made in Suffolk and is all the work of the very talented Victoria Hall. Each design follows the same distinctive stylish theme of a classic cream background with black line drawings and a touch of colour and in some cases products are even adorned with real feathers.

Loveone has been selling Cluck Cluck for a few years now and it is always a great success at Easter time. It is the simplicity of the drawings and the fact that Victoria is able to capture the spirit of the birds really well that appealed to Loveone’s owner Cathy.  The pheasant range is new this year and its striking appeal is sure to make it a great success.

 

Currently we have in stock -

 PRINTS

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A wide selection of framed prints of chickens and pheasants, some in pen and ink only and others with real feathers in yellow, blue, grey and red.  All prints £45

 

 T-TOWELS

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100% screen printed cotton T-Towel available as Chattering chicks or Mr Pheasant. Price £7.00

 

MUGS

 

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Choose from either a family of chickens or two pheasants running round the mug.   Price £13.99

 

CARDS

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 We have an assortment of cards available in different colours and some with real feathers. Why not drop someone special a line this Easter with one of these lovely cards. Prices start from £2.

 

If you love birds or are looking  for a unique Wedding / Birthday / Spring Gift then this is the range for you.

 

xx p.s Only THREE days to go until the Vintage and Craft market at the Town Hall in Ipswich. Don’t miss out on this great event this Sunday. Oh and don’t forget your purses – with so many stalls there will be many delights to tempt you!

Curious County

32_St_Peters_St_Alex_PotterMorning Readers, Hope this Monday finds you bright and cheery? Today we thought we’d look at the newly launched Visit Suffolk campaign which labels Suffolk as a ‘Curious County’.

Launched primarily as a social media campaign, it is designed to attract visitors to Suffolk from London, the Midlands and Cambridge. By looking at the website  www.thecuriouscounty.com or their facebook or twitter page – you will see that the campaign is not designed to be traditional in any sense! It uses quirky illustrated characters with names such as Roger Frobisher and Ruby Hegarty to appeal to different visitor groups. These characters are then ‘photographed’ at different Suffolk gems which potential visitors can view online. However it is the controversy over the word ‘Curious’ which has really raised its profile – the campaign has even gained national coverage over the debate. But the controversy is great for the campaign as it meant they have had a staggering 200,000 hits on Twitter. It certainly has piqued people’s interest and if that draws visitors into Suffolk then great!

 

Is Suffolk curious? Well we certainly have lots to offer tourists – read on for Cathy’s views and in particular her suggestions about what is so great about Suffolk’s Hometown: Ipswich.

 

 

 

Thoughts from Cathy:

Personally I’m not sure about the word “Curious”, I like the idea of being curious and inspiring people to look a bit deeper and further but for me curious can also conjure up oddness, slightly weird associations. However I hope the campaign will inspire and encourage visitors and residents alike to go out and visit Suffolk. In the spirit of this I wanted to  be a little bit more curious about Ipswich – the place where I live and work. In particular how would I sell Ipswich to the visitor and its residents.

Here’s a few suggestions:

The Waterfront – a beautiful mix of old and new. Its celebrates our Maritime heritage and also reflects a new cosmopolitan feel to the town. I had a friend visit last year from New Zealand who hadn’t been in town for at least 15 years and said the Waterfront reminded him of home….Auckland. That’s praise indeed!

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Vintage walking Map – The joining up  and celebration of the quirkier side of independent shopping in Ipswich. Watch out for further blogs on this!

IpArt Festival – Our annual Arts festival held in June/July is an amazing celebration of art and culture and attracts large numbers of visitors. It includes a Music Day, Opera and Proms in the Park, Vintage and Craft Market on St Peters Street, Comedy, poetry and dance.

Magnificent parks – Ipswich is blessed with several beautiful parks. My favourite is Christchurch Park and I am lucky enough to walk through it most days. It is a home to the beautiful Christchurch Mansion – there is plenty to be curious about in this building!

Amazing Architecture – We have it all…..Tudor, Georgian, Victorian and Modern. Just go for a wander and look up!!! In summary, my thoughts are Suffolk is a beautiful county but it is so much more than seaside and country. It has an edgy, gritty, artistic, culturally diverse and interesting county town waiting to be given another chance.

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A big thank you to Alex Potter for our amazing photos of Ipswich today. If you want to look more at Alex’s work then find her at: www.alexpotter.co.uk or facebook: Alex Potter Photography. Alternatively she can be contacted on 07885 238282. Alex can be booked for weddings, family groups, individuals and events.

 

xx p.s Watch out for Thursday’s Blog when we will be panel testing the range of candles from True Grace. A great gift idea for Mother’s Day.

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