The Wishing Tree, my friend Olivia's shop in Long Stratton. I went there for the first time, yesterday, had a cup of coffee and showed Olivia some of my work. And I'm happy to say she liked it enough to keep some of it to show in the shop, so I'm a happy woman! That's her in the picture, in one of the comfy chairs, surrounded by some of her stock.
So why the title? Well, if shops had several names, like cats, then the happy shop would be ideal for The Wishing Tree. It is awash with colour and texture, from the wooden fair trade zebras and giraffes, through the silly signs, to the lovely jewellery and unusual cards. Look for yourself; they have an on line service (just click on the link in the previous paragraph). I particularly liked a lovely, happy Buddha in the spirit section, and some of the wonderful wall art. And did I mention the cute soft toys? But yes, I have to admit that in particular, I loved the coffee shop. No, I didn't try the cake, but it did look amazing... the coffee was great, and the comfy seats really comfy. It struck me as the kind of place you could go and write, or knit, on your own, and know that nobody would bother you (that's important to the depressives among us...). The staff were friendly and warm, and said that the cozy (their word) atmosphere of the place was really important to them. The cake is home made, and one of the staff is an artist in her own right, making much of the jewellery the shop sells. And for the Celts among us...the crack was good.