Some new feathered friends

Vintage Cadburys Bournville birds tin | H is for Home

We found our first example of this tin 10 years ago – and we loved it so much that we couldn’t part with it!

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Well, some new lovely feathered friends have arrived.

Vintage Cadburys Bournville birds tin | H is for Home

We picked up another one of these gorgeous tins produced for Cadbury in the 1960s. If there’s anyone out there who loves it as much as us, you’ll be pleased to know that this one is for sale. The bird illustrations are fabulous. They remind us very much of the work of Charley Harper.

Vintage Cadburys Bournville birds tin with tea and biscuits | H is for Home

We find vintage tins both decorative and useful. There are an endless number of products that can be stored in a good tin. Our own version is used to house biscuits and cakes – so obviously used on a regular basis!

Blob Birds Christmas giveaway

Helen Russell Blob Birds kitchen textiles with mince pies & holly | H is for Home

This month, we’re excited to have a kitchen textiles set in Helen Russell‘s cheeky ‘Blob Birds’ pattern to give away.

Helen Russell Blob Birds kitchen textiles | H is for Home

The set consists of an apron, oven glove and tea towel.

Detail of Helen Russell Blob Birds pattern | H is for Home

The sweet little bird pattern is just perfect for our Christmastime competition. They look like rotund little robins who have eaten one too many mince pies!

Helen Russell Blob Birds kitchen textiles with mince pies & holly | H is for Home

To be in with a shot at winning the set, tell us in the comments section below what your favourite food is to eat over Christmas.

Helen Russell Blob Birds kitchen textiles set




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Price Points: Pink flamingos

pink flamingos | H is for home

Like cacti, pink flamingos are all the rage in homewares at the moment. They first had their heyday back in the 1950s with Miami and California mid-century modern – but they’ve flown back into favour!

Kitsch and playful, quirky and vintage or practical and colourful there’s a flamingo-themed item out there that will suit your taste, interior and pocket.

  1. Colours charcoal & pink flamingo mica wallpaper: £14, B&Q
  2. SUNNYLIFE flamingo watering can: £14, Selfridges
  3. Meiko pink flamingo – pink metal: £71, La Redoute

Gimme Five! British bird handbooks

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Selection of 5 British bird handbooks | H is for Home

Have you seen any of this year’s fledglings yet? All along the Rochdale Canal which passes through Todmorden, there are lots of broods of ducks and Canada geese. In our garden this week we’ve had a baby robin as a frequent visitor.

Justin’s a long-time twitcher, but I’m a lot less knowledgeable ornithologically! We have a stack of British bird handbooks on our bedroom bookshelf; the latest addition being a couple of Matt Sewell’s beautifully illustrated guides.

We actually own copies of all the above – with the exception of Bewick’s – perhaps it will be in my stocking this Christmas!

  1. The Observer’s Book of British Birds: from £4, Amazon
  2. Our Garden Birds, Matt Sewell: £7.28, Wordery
  3. A Sketchbook of Birds, C. F. Tunnicliffe: £2.81, eBay
  4. Bewicks British Birds: £2.99, The Works
  5. RSPB Handbook of British Birds: £8.37, Hive

Pick of the Pads: The Egg Man

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'I am the Egg Man' article title page from the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

We’ve got a slight twist for this month’s Pick of the Pads. It’s more a work space than a living space, but with Easter round the corner, the egg theme swayed it.

Homes & Antiques April 2014 magazine cover

It’s the studio workspace of Tony Ladd – the ‘Egg Man’ that was in the April 2014 issue of the Homes & Antiques Magazine magazine.

Tony Ladd's studio workspace featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

He’s a wildlife artist specialising in British birds. He creates stunningly realistic, hand-cast, hand-painted egg specimens.

Tony Ladd's hand painted egg collection featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

His workspace is a self-built, oak-framed wooden studio situated in his garden on the Sussex coast.

corner of Tony Ladd's studio workspace featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

We love all the wooden banks of drawers & shelving…

corner of Tony Ladd's studio workspace featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

…filled with jars, brushes, books, artefacts and references to nature.

four details from Tony Ladd's studio workspace featured in the April 2014 Homes & Antiques magazine

It’s both homely & fascinating – such an inspiring space!

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Gimme Five! Bird feeders

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selection of five different bird feeders

Snow currently feels like a permanent fixture around the whole of the UK. I’ve really been feeling sorry for our wildlife – especially the birds. One of last week’s Winter Watch programmes told of the decimation that happens when birds can’t get through the inches of snow to feed on seeds, worms, slugs and insects.

Why don’t you help them out? Here are five of our favourite bird feeders that we’ve found online – from low-tech to the bird equivalent of a swanky, Michelin-starred restaurant!

  1. Flock Follies bird feeder – Feeds the birds AND adds a burst of colour to your garden!
  2. Roundabout fly-through feeder – Made of polished copper , this one will mellow into a beautiful verdigris.
  3. Bottle bird feeder – Just add an empty wine or beer bottle!
  4. Umbra contemporary outdoor bird house – An avian take on a modernist des res!
  5. Unplugged Barcelona bird feeder – Inspired by the famous, Mies van der Rohe-designed Barcelona Pavilion.