Join my Gift Wrapping Workshops at Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair

Join my Gift Wrapping Workshops at Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair this weekend, plus we are giving away 2 pairs of tickets for this amazing event…..read on!

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At Hampton Court Palace, after the resounding success of The recent Handmade Fairs, Kirstie is back again to inspire, impress and surprise us and to feed our hunger for all things arty, crafty, creative and handmade.  Tables of champagne, china teacups and cup cakes will accompany and sustain much perusing inside white marquees, as a vivid variety of handpicked sellers, step by step project instructors and skilled presenters give thousands of creative imaginations a treat.

 

September 15-17th  are the dates to put in your diary if you wish to have a magical time among like-minded hobby crafters.  Not only is there the wonderful experience of hearing from Kirstie, along with many, varied skilled experts but there is also the promise of extensive, high quality, crafty shopping.  Either, stock up on craft-making essentials and accessories or treat yourself to something stunning, hand-made by an expert.

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A unique collaboration.  Kirstie Allsopp has very successfully spearheaded the popular resurgence of crafting for over 5 years now and her passion, her appeal to people of all ages and her prominent position in the media have enabled her to draw so many well-known experts together so that everyone can learn from and enjoy this very hands-on event, where each person who attends has the opportunity to make something to take home.

Inspiring catering is also a must, after creative minds have crafted and also shopped themselves into exhaustion.  There are plenty of opportunities to sit and take a break with a variety of refueling snacks and drinks.  The Artisan Marketplace will also supply you with more goodies and gifts to take home.

 

Celebrations Skills Workshops will take place throughout each of the three days and my gift wrapping workshops will begin at 2.30pm each afternoon, featuring how to wrap a gift beautifully.  I will explain, step by step, how to make the presentation just as good as the item inside, and you will take your gift home.  As a regular speaker and demonstrator at trade seminars and corporate events, I am looking forward to returning to Kirstie’s The Handmade Fair very much, after enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere of last year’s event.

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Giftwrapped book by Jane Means

Come and find me at Stand E9…  I will be signing copies of my book, ’Giftwrapped’ at The Handmade Fair and will be happy to talk wrapping paper, ribbon, have photos taken together and enjoy a quick chit chat

Handmade Fair stand E9

Unique ribbons, raffia, luxury paper, lace, boxes, bags and more…  Displaying practical and inventive ideas to wrap up all occasions and celebrations, I am looking forward to being a part of this very special fair and to enjoying what I know will be a fabulous weekend of inspiration, fun and meeting lots of like-minded people.

 

Come to a stunning and inspiring setting.  Hampton Court Palace, home to Henry VIII, after originally being the residence of Cardinal Wolsey, evolved through Tudor, Stuart and Georgian periods of royal and architectural history and is a unique and wonderful venue for such an event.

 

Hampton Court Palace is also well-known for its yew tree maze, designed as a humorous distraction for William III, and the world famous gardens, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, are a stunning feast for the eyes.  The estate covers 750 acres in total within a loop of the River Thames and, if you make a weekend trip of your Handmade Fair visit, the palace and all its attractions are well worth exploring.

 

Located in the beautiful parkland surrounding the palace, with its white marquees, adorned with bunting and surrounded by picket fences, The Handmade Fair is a wonderful day out or weekend away and offers so many opportunities to both sellers and craft enthusiasts.

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It is also wonderful to know that Kirstie will be around, chatting, drinking tea, happily posing for photos with people and generally soaking up the fantastic atmosphere that this spectacular event creates.

 

Travel.  The palace, located in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, in Surrey, is easily accessible by train, bus and coach and there is extensive parking but it is advisable to pre-book a parking space.

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So if this sounds like your perfect day out, we are giving away 2 pairs of Admission Only Tickets for this wonderful event. Simply leave us a comment by 22.00hrs BST on Wednesday 13th September why you would like to win, and our 2 lucky winners will be revealed

For more details about ‘Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair’ log on to www.thehandmadefair.com

See you there folks x

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Jane Means launches a London stationery shop

Being so appreciative of the positive feedback and many requests for the return of my successful venture into ‘the pop up shop’ world of two years ago, I welcomed the opportunity to, once again, and I’ve some exciting news….Jane Means has opened a London pop up stationery shop within the elegant and established garden walls of Clifton Nurseries.

Jane Means new shop at Clifton Nurseries

In the run up to the opening,  pretty new products arrived at my studio, stylish display ideas developed in my head, and we dressed it exactly as I wished people to experience it…

Jane Means shop

This is my bright and bold, creative arcadia of colour.

 

Jane Means London Shop

It is sometimes hard to believe that what was once my very enjoyable and creative, kitchen table based hobby, is now my international, commercial success.  I am fortunate that so many others also appreciate beautifully wrapped gifts and that the screen-based world we live in still has room for the timeless elegance of hand-scripted wrapping paper and calligraphic gift tags.

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Ribbon and tag by Jane Means
Calligraphy by Judy Broad

I am happy that many people share my love of patterned papers and of ribbons of variety and quality and that there is a constant quest by so many to find further creative ways to embellish, not only presents, but also homes, hotels, shops and restaurants.

We use touch screens for convenience but there is something beautiful about a brightly coloured quill, liquid ink on lovely paper and a warm, wax seal pressing a ribbon against a folded letter or ribbon-tied gift box.

Wax Seal and Lavender

Image courtesy of Melanie Ward
Wax Seals by Manuscript

My pop up shop will be full of stationery, gift wrapping and calligraphy ideas and I plan to present my products in creative and innovative ways to inspire visitors to try new wrapping techniques, to display pictures differently, to use ribbons in original and pretty ways and to consider traditional methods of writing styles that can be overlooked in present times.

The highly skilled Judy Broad will be hosting calligraphy events in my pop up shop, providing demonstrations and instruction on how to achieve pristine and poetic penmanship that can bring a distinctive and personal touch to such items as gift tags, journals, invitations, letters and handmade wrapping paper.

gift wrapping embellishments

 

Ribbons by Jane Means

I will be demonstrating creative gift-wrapping techniques to wow your friends and family and offering embellishment tips, as well as showing how a range of beautiful bows can be effectively and efficiently tied.

I am so excited about the intensely coloured and highly patterned wrapping papers and beautiful, intricately dye cut greetings cards, among other delights, that I have sourced specifically for my pop up store and more items are arriving constantly.

Jane Means London Shop

‘Excited’ is the best word to describe the prospect of my shop’s opening day but I am also a little nervous.  I wish it to be perfect in every way and for everyone to be able to find something they love.

The shop will be open 7 days a week and you can also enjoy a delicious lunch or afternoon tea at the scrumptious Quince Tree Cafe on Site as well as wander through the idyllic gardens of Clifton.

Voted the ‘Most Charming Restaurant with a Garden’ by Vogue, the bustling cafe is set in a conservatory surrounded by flowers with a mouthwatering menu and delightful staff.

Quince tree Cafe

Our new shop Monday 12th September opened infront of the press with my dear friend Sophie Conran cutting the ribbon.

Jane Means Shop launch

We look forward to seeing you and don’t forget to share your photos and thoughts on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Page

Jane x

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An insight in to our Australian Gift Wrapping Courses in Melbourne & Sydney

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks for me as I headed back to run some gift wrapping courses and giftwrapped book signing events in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

Giftwrapped book Australia

After a brief weekend enjoying the sights of Sydney, I headed to Melbourne to the upmarket district of Toorak.

Melbourne cityscape

I had a great time hosting a ladies lunch, book signing and gift wrapping course for 30 at the Manhattan restaurant. Dee and Isabelle, the two lovely organisers did a fantastic job putting it all together and I met some wonderful people.

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Tables were beautifully decorated with Vibrant Green Pom Poms, Fresh Flowers, Party Boxes and Polka dot napkins complimenting rich white linens.

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Table decoration lime green

Straight after a yummy lunch we got stuck in to a gift wrapping masterclass and everyone had a great time. Georgia and Brad couldn’t do enough for us (thank you chaps)

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Melbourne Gift Wrapping Class

Several days later I hosted my very own giftwrapping courses at the Windsor workshops in Melbourne. As soon as I walked into the venue I fell in love with the beautiful space.

Gift wrapping class Melbourne

Windsor Workshops Melbourne

We were spoilt by Bree with a huge fruit platter, cookies and refreshments and several of us enjoyed a lunch nearby.

Gift Wrapping Course Australia

If you are ever hosting a workshop or event in Melbourne I can’t recommend this place highly enough. It’s amazing and in such a cool area (sadly I had no time to go shopping!).

Melbourne Gift Wrapping Workshop

Jane Means

I met some fantastic people and we managed to squeeze in a quick lunch at a local cafe.

One of my Instagram followers Dear Mabel came along and it was wonderful to put a face to a name, and I was spoiled rotten with lots of goodies (thank you Samantha)

Dear mabel

I then headed back to Sydney to run a workshop in conjunction with Sew Make Create, it’s a wonderful haberdashery shop in Chippendale owned by the delightful Melissa and her super cute dog called Pepper. During the course we made lots of bows, decorations and covered some gift wrapping projects too.

Sew Make Create Sydney workshop

 

I had a wonderful trip and many of you asked when I will be returning to run future courses and events. I am planning to be back in February 2017 so if you would like to hear about our future Australia events please drop us an email at info@janemeans.co.uk so we can add you to our newsletter list

Bondi Beach

Luckily I enjoyed a rare day off on Bondi Beach before heading back to London, and it’s already given me inspiration for my wrapping projects. I love Turquoise so much that some of my ribbons are inspired from the sea

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I’ve had a fantastic trip to Australia and one thing I will really miss are the incredible Melbourne sunsets which were different every night

Melbourne Sunset skyline

Have a great week folks

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Ribbon Craft and Bow Making Course to be held in Sydney, Australia

I’m delighted to be running my first bespoke course in Ribboncraft and Bow Making in Sydney, Australia on April 11th.

 

bow making courses

Pink spotty ribbon available from Jane Means

I’ve teamed up with Melissa at Sew Make Create who will be hosting the courses and the evening will be fun of trimmings, lace, ribbons and fun!

ribboncraft workshop

 

Wired Ribbon available at Jane Means

The one off ribbons and bows masterclass will be from 6.30 – 9.30pm and bookings can be made online. Courses cost $90 inclusive of all materials and you’ll be taking home a goody bag of your handmade creations which will include a hair adornment, corsage, necklace or a handmade bracelet…all made with your own fair hands!

Ribbon tying course

I have always had an addiction with ribbons (and still do).  What started with a shoebox full of remnants turned in to a real passion. Now we have over 100,000 rolls of ribbon in stock!

Bow making class

 

And don’t forget I have my first comprehensive Gift Wrapping Courses taking place in Melbourne on Saturday 9th April. You can attend a full or mini course with several pricing options and bookings can be made online via WeTeachMe

During both courses you’ll also be able to pick up a signed copy of my book Giftwrapped

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Don’t forget if you are based in Australia, that I have a few available days left and can also offer one to one training packages.  Just drop us an email at info@janemeans.co.uk

Have fun! x

 

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Enjoy up to 80% off in the Jane Means 48hr Spring Sale

 

We are delighted to announce the 48hr Jane Means Spring sale with many ribbons and gift wrapping lines up to 80% off
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We’re making way for new lines and our sale will be a perfect time to stock up your gift wrapping, sewing or craft cupboard.

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Many designs are available and those of you who have a forthcoming wedding, party or event can benefit from this wonderful sale as many prices will be cheaper than wholesale.

If you are craft addicts or have a cottage industry, you can also benefit from our larger 50 and 100 metre rolls with huge discounts.

With Mothers Day around the corner, you could fill a hamper full of beautiful ribbons. This is the perfect gift for the lady who has everything, plus you can buy the tissue and tags to finish the wrapping!

Don’t forget our 48hour sale will end on Thursday at midnight

Happy Shopping!

 

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Date announced for the Melbourne Gift Wrapping Course with Jane Means

Following the publication of ‘Giftwrapped’ in Australia, British Gift Wrapping expert Jane Means will be launching her first Melbourne Gift Wrapping Course on Saturday 9th April.

Melbourne Creative Courses

 

The inaugural classes will be held at the Windsor Workshops in Melbourne on Saturday 9th April in conjunction with lesson provider We Teach Me.  Attendees will have the choice of attending a half day or full course, with an early bird option starting at just $99!

Melbourne courses

Image courtesy of Domenic Pendino

 

As well as the her own gift wrapping workshop in Melbourne, Jane will also be running several private courses in the Melbourne and Sydney area for groups and businesses during her trip to Australia.  Jane was recently on Australian TV with Alex Polizzi

Jane Means and Alex Polizzi

The Gift Wrapping Expert who has been running the courses in the UK for 16 years, added Singapore as her first overseas course destination in 2015 following the publication of her book there. Gift wrapping courses in Singapore will resume shortly

Melbourne Gift Wrapping Classes

The venue will be at the light and airy Windsor Workshops located at Level 1, 115 Chapel Street, Windsor 
Windsor Station is around the corner with trams 78 / 79 stopping at 44 Duke St plus there is all day parking is available

 

Mothers Day event

The day will be split in to 2 parts so clients will have the choice of attending the whole course or can choose a morning or afternoon session.  Tea/Coffee and light refreshments will be included, plus there’s a VIP Mothers Day package on offer

During the lunch break, clients can enjoy a spot of lunch at nearby cafés if they wish

 

Gift Wrapping, Papercraft and Bow Making

10.00-1.00pm

The morning session will be focusing on gift wrapping basics, measurements, boxes, pleating effects, tying bows, and paper craft.

 

Gift Wrapping for Awkward Shapes and Handmade Decorations

2.00-5.00pm

During the afternoon workshop you will cover how to wrap those awkward shapes including bottles and circular tins.  You’ll also make a range of bespoke decorations to add to your gifts, all of which you will take home in a goody bag

 

 

Bookings can be made easily online through We Teach Me and start at $99 (AUD)

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Happy wrapping from all of us at Gift Wrapping HQ

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Melbourne and Sydney Gift Wrapping Courses in Australia to be launched

Jane Means will be launching Melbourne and Sydney Gift Wrapping Courses in Australia later this year, to coincide with the Australian launch of her book ‘giftwrapped’

Sydney gift wrapping courses

 

The gift wrapping expert says “It’s an exciting time taking the courses overseas.  For years I have had clients travelling from all over the world to attend the UK courses, but not everyone can afford the luxury of a long haul flight.  I am planning to do one off events, demonstrations and courses, catering for all budgets and already there’s been plenty of interest”

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Aboriginal Artwork courtesy of Gary Spicer

Jane is currently in Australia on a research trip and there’s plenty going on behind the scenes with several shops and businesses keen to do a collaboration. Events may start as early as April and Jane will also be offering demonstrations and private courses for craft meet ups, groups of friends, social groups and charities.

Australia gift wrapping course

If you are interested in the Australian courses, demonstrations and events please drop us a line. Gift Wrapping Courses in Singapore will also continue this year so make sure that you are subscribed to our newsletter for early bird deals. Just drop us an email at info@janemeans.co.uk

Happy wrapping!

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Join me for a gift wrapped Champagne lunch at Coworth Park

I’m really looking forward to hosting a festive gift wrapping day on Monday 14th December.  It’s being held at the gorgeous Coworth Park (sister of the Dorchester Hotel), nestled just outside of Ascot.

Jane Means at Coworth Park

Guests can enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival and a three-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park with a glass of wine, coffee and chocolates.

Coworth Park speaker event

Events start at 12 noon and cost £50 per person, including a glass of champagne on arrival in the Drawing Room and a three-course lunch in Restaurant Coworth Park with a glass of wine, coffee and chocolates.

Luxury Gift Wrapping

After lunch I will be hosting a gift wrapping masterclass, which will be packed with lots of Christmas tips and ideas. At the end of the day guests can grab a signed copy of ‘Giftwrapped’ and enjoy some shopping in the adjoining conservatory.

There are a few places left so be sure to book your place. Get Christmas gift wrapped  and I will see you there for some festive fun, present wrapping and champagne!

For more information and booking please contact Coworth Park

Happy Wrapping!

 

 

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An insight into our new Singapore Gift Wrapping Courses

We recently launched our first creative Singapore gift wrapping courses at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel with press in attendance. The creative classes were scheduled to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Singapore Independence, known as SG50.

Singapore day courses

With several recent visits to South East Asia to promote the publication of the Giftwrapped book, the inaugural creative workshop was held on 11th July.

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We teamed up with Singapore’s number one course provider LessonsGoWhere who did a fantastic job marketing our Asian courses.

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On arrival Delegates were treated to sumptuous homemade cookies and signature coffee’s made by our personal barista Jean.

Jane Means at Mandarin Oriental Singapore

Singapore creative courses

The morning session was a hive of activity involving luxurious gift wrapping, papercraft and bow making, and we were lucky enough to enjoy a spectacular view from our meeting room.



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Mandarin Oriental Singapore events
Although finger sandwiches were provided, guests enjoyed lazing under breezy canopies at the poolside bistro tempted by the tropical salads and signature juices.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Class

 

During the lunch break I took time out with the delightful Tara Barker, Editor of Singapore Women’s Weekly, who was reviewing the course. You will be able to see her feature on the magazines Facebook and Instagram Page

Singapore creative class

Gift wrapping course Asia

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Creative juices were flowing with plenty of fun and laughter in the afternoon, where we tackled gift wrapping awkward shapes and making hand made decorations.

 

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Creative workshop Singapore

The happy delegates received their well earned certificates after indulging in to complimentary tea, cookies and pastries

Singapore training courses

On departure they were treated to a goody bag before heading home. At the end of a special day we were treated to a spectacular display as part of the Singapore SG50 celebrations.

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Crowds flocked to see the fly pasts and fireworks displays over the breathtaking City skyline, and we were lucky enough to grab a great view from the roof terrace.

Singapore celebrating 50 years

 

Singapore SG50 fireworks

 

I will be running another Gift Wrapping Course in Singapore on August 1st. With the busy festive season approaching, I will be returning in the Spring of 2016 to run some more events.

luxury gift wrapping

If you would like any updates about our worldwide courses with early bird offers up for grabs, make sure that you’re on our mailing list by emailing us at info@janemeans.co.uk

Happy wrapping!

Singapore gift wrapping course

 

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Jane Means to open London Shop at Clifton Nurseries

We’re delighted to be adding a Haberdashery Closet in the capital.  We are often mobbed at our London shows including Top Drawer, Spirit Fairs and Country Living

Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries

Haberdashery Closet at Jane Means

For years I have been asked where is your London shop, and after opening our doors in Lincoln in 2012, I always wanted the next quirky outlet to be in London, but it had to be the right place and not necessarily a permanent fixture on a busy High Street.  Last year we starting stocking our ribbons at Clifton Nurseries which is London’s Oldest Nursery over 160 years old. (Images courtesy on Flowerona)

Jane Means new shop at Clifton Nurseries

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It’s one of my favourite places in Central London, and you enter this hidden oasis in Little Venice with flowers, topiary, decorations, furniture and gardens.

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You will also see Matthew Wilson wandering around there who is not only the presenter on the Channel 4 programme ‘The Landscape Man’ and a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time, but also the Managing Director of Clifton Nurseries. (Image courtesy of Achica Living )

Matthew Wilson

Recently I have been doing several photo shoots there and have done gift wrapping services and demonstrations in the Quince Tree Cafe there which have been very popular.

Clifton Nurseries Gift Wrapping Room

Gift wrapping event London

They have regular parties, launches and events at Clifton Nurseries, and even Jimmy Choo had an event there last year filled with celebrities.

Jane Means gift wrapping at Clifton Nurseries

Luckily I live nearby and love to pop to the cafe (a sunny conservatory surrounded by flowers) for a spot of brunch outside before the buzzing lunch crowd arrive.

quince tree cafe

The Ribbon and Wrapping Room at Clifton Nurseries will be  a pop up shop through the summer, stocked full of ribbons, haberdashery, trimmings, bespoke papers, decorations, gift boxes and bags and other gift wrapping accessories.

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We will also be offering complimentary gift wrapping services on selective days, and be hosting several events during the summer months.

Jane Means London pop up shop

Having worked as a florist, we will be in our element surrounded by flowers and Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries will be opening it’s doors on April 25th and will be open from 11am-3pm every Thursday to Sunday throughout the summer.

Jane Means London Shop

We are also looking for some friendly part time staff to cover this opportunity and would love to hear from you if you’re interested in joining us. Just email us at info@janemeans.co.uk  (Please do not use the comments box or contact Clifton Nurseries)

London ribbon shop

We will keep you updated with events, sale days and news about our exciting London pop up shop through our Facebook Page and Twitter and look forward to seeing you there!

 

Jane Means Ribbons London Shop

Even if you’re visiting the capital and need to escape from the hustle and bustle, this is the perfect place to escape to stock up on ribbons and flowers and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea with your favourite book!

Afternoon Tea at Clifton Nurseries

Jane Means at Clifton Nurseries, 5A Clifton Villas, London W9 2PH, United Kingdom. Phone: 020 7289 6851.
If you have any queries please contact us at info@janemeans.co.u

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Visit the Quince Tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

Clifton Nurseries quince tree cafe

Quince Tree Shop at Clifton Nurseries

Quince tree Cafe at Clifton Nurseries

 

 

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