Saturday, 28 June 2008

H is for Holidays

I think real holidays aren't about the money you spend but the memories you make or relive and for me this blog and much of my home has been inspired by our lovely British coast.

My first memories of beaches were in the seventies when my parent drove us four children the 330 odd miles north to Berwick upon Tweed In Northumberland, to my grandparents house. Being short of cash each day was spent picnicking on the beaches, sandy sandwiches, wind so strong my hair blew over my glasses, climbing across the rocks after my bigger brother and sister bucket in hand, jelly shoes to protect my toes, searching for crabs and starfish and beach-combing for shells and driftwood.

Now that my grandparents are gone we take our children to the oyster shell strewn Monkey beach on Mersea Island,( just 90 mins away) and dangle crabbing wires off the jetty and buy fresh lobsters at the company shed for dinner (only £6!), after drinking wine in the pub garden watching the seagulls swooping for dropped chips.

And in May we take a quick cheap break with as many friends and we can to the wild and beautiful bays of the cornish coast, for surfing and scuba and sandcastles and barbeques in a tiny campsite all to ourselves, watching for basking sharks and seals from the headlands on long evening walks.

These are my true hollidays, quiet lazy days needing more wellies and wetsuits than Bikinis and filled with sad tender old memories and fresh experiences.

Places of interest........

The Ark, in Burnham Overy Staithe, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk is a hut built to float on the marshes, it's 50 years old and recently been valued at £60,000

Feather down farm days..........

(images from Featherdown farms)
Tented living in rural England this is my idea of camping! Featherdown farm is a new idea for eco conscious. But then I find Canvas Chic and I just adore the idea of a yurt in France

Though my only holiday this year will be Gorgeous Lake Garda, in North Italy-
E bello, non e vero?

(watercolour by Robert Kelsey)

Dedicated to the memory of My grandparents
F.C & Elsie Lee

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

G is for girlie.............

Kylie Lambert(le cupcake- Australia)

Girlie-hmmm-says to me pink, flowery and fabric (though Pom poms always do it for me!)- but you must admit cupcakes are taking over the world.......

{images by gemma comas}

I think beds should be white to be really girly......

from the White company of course!

I am in love with Vanessa Arbuthnott fabrics

Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn; Stylist: Tracey Rapisardi; Designer: Lisa Knowlton

More lovely beds...

Photo: Antoine Bootz; Designer: Bobbi Smith via house beautiful

Zia Koko

And drapes around the bed are the ultimate in girlie-ness...

coastal style

(tequalilla on flickr)

(Courtesy of twelve22)

(Driftwood shack)
You can't beat Peonys, Ranuculus or Roses- and how about silk ones in a pretty jug for a little girls rooms? Try adding a few shells...................... of course!

the white verandah

(cheap chic)
And how about luxurious day beds and Verandahs filled with cushions and flowers?

Zia Koko
Interesting lampshades are rare but this one fulfills my secret desire for Pompoms....

Tom Mannion via This is glamourous

For me this armchair is ten times lovelier in this setting!

(my greengate collection)

Jolie Trouvaille via Paris parfait

And kitchens are definitely becoming more girlie too.........

Bh&G via Daisy pink cupcake

(living etc)
Thanks to the return of vintage china and enamel

the white verandah

Well that was a nice visit to a strange land for me- I'm not big on romance myself but I can definitely see the charm of being a princess for a day, so I'm off to find some fairy wings and a tiara!