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It’s all change!  I have recently started a website www.nelliepompoms.co.uk and am   s l o w l y   but surely moving the blogs from here across to there.  Huge thanks to Gabriella Buckingham who designed my original logo and Sarah at Studio Spence who has put it all together for me, if you’re looking for a website then do get in touch with Sarah, she’s very clever (and patient!).

The website has been an idea of mine for ages.  Drawing on my many adventures and journeys, shopping experiences and personal recommendations I have brought everything together and popped it all in one place.  It’s where you will find food and drink suggestions, recent book reviews, the Instagram feed, Twitter timelineNellie Pom Poms Facebook status updates, blog and shopping inspiration from some very lovely people and businesses like Common Farm Flowers, Myddfai, Bowlovers, More-Hall, Bodlon, 2 Little Boys, Hunter Gatherer and more!

So, this blog post is short and sweet (much like myself!), but I do hope you will bookmark www.nelliepompoms.co.uk, sign up to the blog on the website and tell your friends.


This is my happy place in Brecon


Ty Cariad in the Bulwark in Brecon is a lovely shop filled with gorgeousness, it’s next door to the equally fabulous toy and shoe shop Cariad which is now the only place that Laree actually enjoys having a shoe fitting!

I’ve known Becca since school and will always pop to Brecon when I can when visiting Wales to a) see her and b) see the gorgeous ever changing stock. Putting it quite simply it’s my happy place.

It’s my kind of shop selling homewares, books, gifts, cards, wrapping, furniture, paint, candles, chocolate from a variety of businesses and lots of them are lovely Welsh folk like Kate Hamilton Hunter, Carrie Elspeth, Flourish Button Jewellery, Melin Tregwynt, Handmade by Helgar, Bodlon, Laughing Bird Bodycare, Welsh Lavender Ltd, Jay & Frey, NomNom Chocolate, Driftwood Designs.  I’ve long been a fan of Keith Brymer Jones and particularly love the Welsh translations that I was introduced to by Nia at Bodlon.

The cards and wrapping paper are a mix of Welsh and English and I was thrilled to see a selection from my friends Licorice and Sally Swannell.

There’s a nice selection of Garden Trading, the mix of grey and yellow is cheery and makes me think if I ever move away from green I’d go yellow and grey.

The furniture dotted around the shop is painted in Annie Sloan and Becca runs courses so you can paint your own furniture.

The shop is a riot of colour and inspiration so it is no wonder that I come away feeling uplifted.

Kitchen Gifts


I really enjoy being in my kitchen, it’s full of food, drink, mugs, jugs and bowls, ancient crockery that I can’t bear to throw out, equipment I can’t do without, books, more things and then some!  Finding a gift for a “kitcheneer” can be quite hard but I’ve cobbled together some ideas that might be of interest.

I love my slow cooker from Netherton Foundry, I have written about it here on the blog before and am thrilled that they are offering a 5% discount to shoppers if they enter the code PEACOCK at the checkout.  I have just ordered a frying pan and wok for Big Welsh, isn’t he lucky!

Hidden amongst the cupboard of things that come out on a whim is the bread maker, we go through baking spurts but my bread maker is an old favourite and there is nothing nicer than coming downstairs in the morning to the smell of freshly baked bread.  Of course bread needs a stylish place to live (albeit for a very short time with my gannets and endless guests) and I love my bread bin from Ellas’s Kitchen Company which is sturdy, has a drop down lid and space underneath for the board.  When the kitchen is how I want it then my next purchase will be a kitchen cabinet!

My favourite plates are from OKA, big enough for a decent sized portion or used as charger plates they are tactile and stylish.  I also love the mugs and they are next on my list!

Talking of mugs I have plenty and my favourites are from Emma Bridgewater, Bodlon, Ty Cariad and Dots and Spots.  Of course there is always room for more!

I counted my tea towels and I have 25 (and that’s just in the dresser never mind the laundry pile!), as with mugs there’s always room for more!  I have ancient ones from Cath Kidston and Portmeirion as well as Licorice, Ella’s Kitchen Company, Nettle Green and Bodlon and have been told by those lovely people over at Deckchair Stripes that they have an offer on at the moment.  Guess I will be up to 35 tea towels by the end of the week!

Another great purchase is my vintage enamel casserole from The Foodie Bugle, if you’re in Bath then you are in for a treat as they are opening their new shop and if their pop up is anything to go by you will become hooked!

I make no secret that I don’t like cling film which is why these natty bowlovers are ideal!  They are an ideal gift, as are easy to wrap, light to post and are extremely useful!

One thing that I absolutely love and don’t have yet (“yet” that’s a big fat hint!!) is this gorgeous set of utensils from Ceramica Blue, it’s stylish, practical and necessary (yes necessary!).

Oh I could go on for hours, but I must make a start on lunch!

Shoe Fitting


similar to the dentist’s chair

I really don’t like going to the dentist, but when I used to take my 3 for a school shoe fitting that really used to tip me over the edge!!  Stressful!  As well as the regular shoe fitters there was always one that would be a casual member of the shoe fitting world and they would be the one to deal with my lot, the children would be in grouches due to lack of acceptable and trendy choice, the waiting times would be ridiculous and the shoe shop or area would be so hot that you’d be semi naked when the magic number is called.

Ha!  Not so in Becca’s shop Cariad in Brecon.  Becca has been a child in the days when there was a distinct lack of school shoe choices, she also has children, she knows all about successful shoe fittings AND she can decipher what the parent is saying “will you not find laces slow you down?” roughly equates to “laces are not an option” and “not sure taking a toy into school is a good idea” means “no toys”.  I’ve also known her since school, when our school shoe choices were dire! We were made to wear Lisa Dee shoes and they were nicknamed boats because they were vessels, they kept the water out and when Lucy Peacock filled hers with water they kept the water in!



school shoes, black or well black!

Whilst Laree was having her Cinderella moment I was looking at shoes for little people, it took me back to when I bought the first pair of Start-Rites!


oh I loved those dinky little shoes

and wondering what the biggest size was (asking for a friend!)


oh look green shoes!

With shoes sorted and acceptable all round we paid our money and admired the rest of the shop


beautiful clothing


Gorgeous cards from Licorice Trading http://www.licoricetrading.com


lovely pram


Hey Mr Tambourine Man

before heading to Becca’s other shop Ty Cariad for a Keith Brymer Jones bowl for Big Welsh and a bracelet for me.


If you’re looking for a shoe fitter in who will make the whole shoe fitting experience a stress-free pleasure then head to Brecon, go and see Becca and support an independent retailer while you’re at it!

Cariad is at 6 The Bulwark, Brecon and Ty Cariad is at 6b The Bulwark, you can also find them on FB, Pinterest and Twitter and there’s also an eBay shop.