I tempted you with a tour around my dear friends shop last week didn't I. With all the nonsense of the last week well and truly shovelled aside, for now, I'm back in true glorious fashion to take you to Glory Days, Franklins Yard, Holt.
We knew the shop would be divine before we arrived. Ruth had previously opened Glory Days in Norwich before her move further up the bump that's Norfolk to start new adventures nearer the coast.
She has a fabulous eye for detail, excellent taste and is a shopkeeper whose warm welcome ends up with her becoming friends with many of her loyal customers.
I adore these coloured planters. I think they'd fairly brighten our garden that's home to rows of nettles and tons of chicken poo.
Last Saturday was a long time coming and so there was Ruth bubbly as ever with customers flowing in and out.
As much as Holt is great for shopping - there are so many wonderful small shops, antique and charity shops and treasure emporiums tucked away here and there, down side alleys and nestled around yards, but there just isn't anything quite like Ruth's shop. Glory Days combines the appeal of Enid Blyon, sunny picnics, sweeties and childhood joy in one small space.
Isn't this original 1950's sign that Ruth had re-vamped fabulous?
Filling every space around the store are an array of gnomes and critters to make you smile. Staffordshire figurines sit happily amongst all the bright colours. Staffordshire pieces are highly collectable right now so you might be grabbing a bargain you know.
Alongside sweeties from Hope & Greenwood, jewellry from Acorn & Will are some of my bits and bobs.
Sasha's toys peek out from bags and baskets. If you remember back to the Pick 'n' Mix Makers Market days then that's where you would have seen Sasha's toys, we also have quite a few in our home.
It's the parrot light I want right now, but then there's a nesting hen, a naughty gnome and a fabulous white scottie dog to choose from too and really I think I just want them all.
Little Bun bought a few brooches as Mothers Day gifts while we were there. She knows how much I love Daniella's pieces from Acorn & Will. I didn't notice a thing as we had some bubbly and being a complete lightweight with daytime drinking felt spaced out. I'm suprised these photos came out as well as they did.
At lunch my man said "I feel odd, you just look bombed".
If you are nearby, pop in because you'll get a real cheery welcome and there's always something to tempt you. I mean, how could you resist Booby Cupcakes?
Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10-5.