Friday, 22 April 2011

A Little French Shop

Its Good Friday here and we're planning on having a barbeque today so just doing a quick post on a visit I had yesterday to our city centre, Norwich.

Of course I had to have some flowers going on in this post, this lovely Wisteria looked very old and was beautiful, it was planted all around an old church.

About 10 minutes walk from the town centre is a lovely French shop, called, The Bell Jar, the owner paints some pieces herself but they are all sourced from France. Unfortunately I chose the wrong day to visit as the owner had shut early for the day so these photos were taken from the window.. I was a bit disappointed but I will visit another day.

Apologies there are a lot of photos but it is such a lovely shop.

Such a cute car.... Happy Easter.

I'm linking today with Miss Mustard Seed


  1. Love your shots and that wisteria.
    Happy Easter
    Best Carolyn

  2. I think the Bell Jar was featured either in Country Living or Country Homes and Interiors last month... the lady lives in a flat above the shop if it's the same one.
    I have a thing about wisteria, love it, yet cannot grow it for some reason.
    And the car is a Figaro, I have my eye on one, though it will remain a pipe dream.
    We have great weather for barbecueing over this part of the county, so hope it's the same for you. We don't go in for it at all, but a lovely day for those who do. Hope yours is good.

  3. Totally your kind of shop, actually looks like it is your shop:)

    Enjoy your bbq, looking forward to our first one of the season.

    Happy Easter.

    xo Jane

  4. very pretty and i love the car too!!
    happy easter!
    cheryl x

  5. Hi there... I just read about this shop in Country Living. So wish I had the opportunity to visit there. Isn't wisteria just amazing, although around here it attracts so many bees, that I feel nervous sitting beneath it. Have a great weekend... enjoy the sun and the extended break! Lx

  6. Awww, I just love those quaint little shops. It looks so beautiful there. Have a wonderful Easter~

  7. Looks like a great place to visit...and I am so jealous of your wisteria! It doesn't grow up here. darn!!

  8. The wisteria is gorgeous and the shop looks amazing. The Figaro is one of my husband's dream cars... he used to keep the brochure in his nitestand drawer.

  9. I love the photos of the wisteria with the fleur-de-lis gate. Beautiful shots.

  10. Is that the wisteria around St Giles church? I used to love walking along there when it was out and even when I moved to the other side of Norwich I would make an effort to visit it in bloom each year

    Luckily quite a few of my new neighbours here have it so I get to see it and reminisce!

  11. Thanks for all the beautiful photos, there is something magical about wisteria I think. And I'm in raptures over the 'Bell Jar' photos!! Lots of inspiration - I'm working on a 1:12 scale miniature project which is a Brocante with the owner's apartment above - sounds like this woman is living the life of my mini world ;) So I'm certainly not complaining about how many photos you publish of it - in fact I'm going to do an 'Oliver Twist' and ask for MORE!! :)

    I would NEVER in a million years have thought about putting a stack of old tiles in my mini shop, I have a darling pot of flowers sent to me by another miniaturist that would be just the thing to put on top so I'm off now to roll out paper clay and sing a happy song!

  12. The wisteria against the black fence is beautiful. I'd love to visit that shop--thanks for the pictures. The car is too cute!

  13. I love your vintage mirror find, thank you sharing it on Masterpiece Monday. I featured it this week on my top ten fav picks segment. I hope you have a blessed Easter, Mary :O)

  14. What a beautiful little shop and I love the car! :) I so wish we could grow wisteria like that, beautiful!
    I hope you and your family had a lovely and blessed Easter!

  15. Deborah, your photos are gorgeous and I just love The Bell Jar. Another reason to visit Norwich which is on my list since I read an article in Country Living. Robx

  16. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? The link is at
    Thank you so much :)

  17. How frustrating for you that you couldn't get in to the Bell Jar, it looks fabulous. I visited Norwich many years ago and loved it, an incredibly busy place! The wisteria was beautiful. I love your blog it is so lovely to look at. Love Linda x

  18. Oooh, you lucky, lucky thing! That shop look lurrrrrvely. Just lovely. So much goodness I see in your photo - just waiting to be snapped up!!


  19. Thanks for taking us shopping with you!
    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage


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