Living in the wilds of wind-swept Cumbria isn’t a pre-requisite for holding on to drab, chipped crockery. Local homeware company Herdy has added a splash of colour to our landscapes with its cute and colourful array of gifts and kitchenware. Born in the Lake District and inspired by our lovable Herdwick sheep this fun little outfit proudly supports upland fell farming projects through its aptly-named Herdy Fund.
I paid a visit to one of their four shops in the tourist heaven of Bowness-on-Windermere, dragging Mr Wellly along to peruse its multi-coloured collections of mugs and tableware. As a self-confessed shopaholic and buyer of ‘all manner of tat’ (hubby’s words not mine), I couldn’t resist the purchase of a full set of Herdy mugs in every colour.
Priced at £5.50 each, a single purchase wasn’t going to break the bank but the vivid array of different colours means that even the most thrifty of shoppers would be itching to buy the whole flock (groan…) in every one of its six standard shades. Add to this my fairly moderate interiors obsession for ‘everything matching’, there was no way I was walking out of the shop with just one – I mean it would be so difficult to choose the right colour! And this dear readers is where Cumbria’s newest gift brand has you hook, line and sinker.
Bright and cheerful, Herdy is branching out big time with an internet presence already selling internationally. Irresistible to visiting tourists these bright little stores stand out from the usual collection of Lakeland retailers selling rails upon rails of outdoor apparel…. it’s a breath of fresh air, country air of course… 🙂