Independents' Day on Wyle Cop Shrewsbury
02 Jul 2013

It’s been a few weeks since my last post on Love Shrewsbury, largely because it’s all go here at It’s a nomad life, and it is set to get busier on Wyle Cop this week!

The 4th July sees a national campaign celebrate Independent Retailers, in the aptly named Independents’ Day! The day, which is backed by Dragon’s Den star and retail entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, encourages shoppers to buy...

Tea brick at Shrewsbury antiques shop
12 Apr 2013

I started to write this blog post a few days ago now but never quite got the time to finish it…then I saw that Victoria Wood (as if reading my mind) had presented two programmes (Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea) all about tea, so naturally I waited to have a peek and learn a little more, before posting my musings!

Tea forms such a key part of day to day life in the UK and for many is a...

Ogboni Yoruba sculptures at Wyle Cop Shrewsbury
01 Mar 2013

I don’t know about you, but as a child (one that was an avid reader of The Famous Five and The Secret Seven), I could think of nothing more exciting than the idea of belonging to a secret society. The societies I invented were not highly populated, indeed with some I was the only member. Yet, each had a rule book, numerous passwords and I was, of course, head of them all. Sadly, apart from the...

Ethopian headrests at It's a nomad life in Shrewsbury
30 Jan 2013

After a busy December I seem to have blinked and missed January! That is why this is my first blog of 2013 (is it too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year?!). Given the topic of this post, one may wonder if I have snoozed my way through the last month. Alas, no; we’ve been busy in our shop on Wyle Cop, with lots of lovely new things making their way onto the shop floor.

All those...

Shrewsbury Quarry Winter Scene
13 Dec 2012

Sometimes I think it’s easy to forget just how pretty our county is. And whilst I love the rolling hills and stunning countryside surrounding our county town, Shrewsbury itself has a lot to be proud of! As the Town of Flowers, Shrewsbury blooms in the summer (excuse the pun!), but this photo of a snowy morning in the park reminds me just how beautiful our town is whatever the weather.  

28 Nov 2012

The planet MakeMake hit the news this week as astronomers have finished a report after they obtained an important first look at the dwarf planet, which was discovered in 2005.

MakeMake is one of five such dwarfs in our Solar System, including former planet Pluto (demoted to the status of a ‘dwarf planet’ in 2006).  Four planets share this status: Ceres, Haumea, Pluto, Eris and Makemake...

Chinese porcelain from the Tek Sing shipwreck
02 Nov 2012

Shipwrecks have fascinated me since my teens. Some would argue this was due to a huge crush on Leonardo Di Caprio rather than the mysteries of the Titanic itself, but given my passion for archaeology I like to believe Leo had only had a small part to play! So I am pretty excited that we have some pieces (pictured) from a shipwreck here in Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury…a shipwreck that has been called...

26 Oct 2012

With pumpkins adorning many a supermarket shelf, deals on bumper packs of sweets and people discussing costumes on Facebook – you know Halloween has come round again! So naturally I got thinking about things that might seem a little out of the ordinary….

On first reflection some tribal masks, just like the ones we have at It’s a nomad life, can appear a little scary, but fear not, they...

Original Times supplement from 1953, documenting the first ascent of Mount Everest
19 Oct 2012


Another week and another history lesson for me, here at It’s a nomad life in Shrewsbury. Fresh from the framers today we now have another little piece of history to get excited about and I think this one is pretty special! The piece in question is an original Times supplement from 1953, documenting the first ascent of Mount Everest by New Zealander...

Book shaped trinket box, Cup and Walking Stick from Pitcairn
12 Oct 2012

What I love about my newly acquired role as co-owner of an antiques shop in Shrewsbury are all the fascinating objects that come into our possession, even if only for a short time. As a former archaeology graduate things with a history have always interested me. But I am now learning about places I admittedly knew very little about before, through the items we have at It’s a nomad life.



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