When we re-opened on March 7th, after a break since Christmas, it didn’t feel much like spring; however, the days are getting longer and the weather will surely become warmer and drier soon. We have daffodils, aubretia, lavender and flowering shrubs planted in pots outside the shop here to cheer things up and they will be in flower soon.
The Causeway coastal route (and also Belfast) was named by Lonely Planet as the place to visit in 2018 so we are looking forward this year to meeting new visitors from far and near. We don’t think that anyone will be disappointed in a visit to Glenarm, especially not on a sunny day! It has a lot to offer for not only is it a coastal village with a marina but also has a beautiful forest and a castle, the wonderful walled garden of which is open to visitors.
Steensons world-famous jewellery workshop and retail store is here in Glenarm as well as two pubs and a small number of shops. This season at Blackthorn and Willow, we have a lovely mixture of new stock as well as familiar and popular lines and we have expanded our book section to include a wider range of new and second-hand books, including works by local authors; a selection of ‘Willow Leaves’ hand-made notebooks and jotters, wooden pens from Mid Antrim Woodturning – and more CDs from local musicians.
We continue to hunt down the best in craft items for the home in ceramics, glass, wood and textiles and our range of locally produced artisan foods is ever growing and changing as we source new lines. And, as always, there is a range of freshly baked artisan breads on sale here every Saturday.
We hope to see you soon!