Tales from the Sea Garden

Tales from The Sea Garden

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Selvedge at Charleston!

I am very excited because this Saturday I shall be attending the Selvedge Magazine Textile Fair at Charleston Farmhouse in East Sussex! I've never been to a Selvedge Fair before and only visited Charleston once a couple of years ago. I absolutely loved the interior of Charleston and can't wait to see it again. This summer Mum and I were going through some papers belonging to my great uncle Edward Morland Lewis, an artist who trained under Sir Walter Sickert and later shared Sickert's painting studio in London. I suddenly noticed Duncan Grant's signature at the bottom of a handwritten letter; it was a letter of personal recommendation by Grant of Lewis as an excellent painting tutor; so the two were obviously acquainted! My great uncle may well have been a house guest at Charleston; I wish I had had the chance to talk with him, but he died of tuberculosis in North Africa during WW11, aged only 40.

Talking of fairs, it is not long now till Homespun returns to Portscatho on 22nd October! Loads of gorgeous vintage goodies on offer and of course delicious homemade cakes and pasties in the pop-up tearoom. We are hoping there will be lots of visitors down for the half-term holiday. Click here for more info.
Have a great weekend everybody! xxx

Friday, 6 October 2017

 Oh beautiful day! I was only on duty in the shop for an hour at lunchtime today so I decided to walk to Portscatho along the coastpath. From Pendower the path meanders through meadows of scrubby bracken, fern and wildflowers, where a group of wild Dartmoor ponies graze during the summer months. 
 At Curgurrel Farm I cut down to the beach and strolled along the pebbly shore, picking up the odd shell here and there. There was not a breath of wind, and the sea was gently lapping the sand in between the rocky coves.



 The first glimpse of Porthcurnick Beach with the 'Hidden Hut' cafe just visible in the hollow at the top of the beach.
 This wonderful cafe is open every day from April to the end of October and serves delicious freshly cooked curries and soups, all served outdoors on huge wooden tables where everyone sits and eats together.


 After a hearty roast squash and chestnut soup I took to the coast path once more and headed towards Portscatho, which was looking truly idyllic!

 Some hydrangea heads in one of the gardens along the sea front; I love the way the colour slowly drains out of the petals.

 Some new porcelain bowls made by a lovely lady called Tara who I met at The Country Brocante Fair at Daylesford a couple of weeks ago, and handmade hair grips by Gil Fox.

 I have decided this winter to convert part of the shop into a workspace for me to be able to sew, and also to hold crafting days and workshops. To begin with I will run Christmas-themed workshops during November and December, such as cards and tags, angels, garlands and decorations. Post Christmas I think I will offer workshops in simple beaded jewellery and sewing projects as well as further card making ideas. Once I have decided on dates for these workshops I will post them up on the blog sidebar. I hope that some of you may be able to join me! 

Friday, 11 August 2017



Just a little update of how the shop's looking at the moment.......















Things are busy, busy , busy! I hope you're all having a great summer, wherever you are. x

Friday, 30 June 2017

Art and Flowers

A couple of weeks ago I went to our annual county agricultural event, The Royal Cornwall Show, and this year in the flower tent was an amazing display by the Lifton Farm shop based on Shaun the Sheep! 
The walls of the house are made up of potatoes, the bodies of the sheep are cauliflower florets  - inspired! 
'Fleece Lightning'



The ultimate message behind the piece of course, is to highlight the importance of our food and farming heritage, and encourage us to buy local, seasonal produce.

Two of the more unusual nursery displays: air plants and carnivorous plants.....

Gorgeous sweet peas

a traditional country garden theme.....


As well as displays by Cornish garden nurseries, part of the flower tent is dedicated to competition entries.

The title of these two entries was 'Breaking waves'



The colour and composition of this incredible display was just a joy to behold. I loved the use of dried elements such as cinnamon sticks and pinecones, as well as succulents amongst the flowers.



These were some of the entries in the category entitled, 'A burst of colour', and they certainly were!



Continuing the artistic theme but on a completely different note, I also recently visited the 'Hauser and Wirth' contemporary gallery in Bruton, Somerset, where a Swiss collector duo have converted a dilapidated farm complex into a stylish art space.
A Piet Oudolph designed garden at the rear will be a mass of swaying grasses and dainty flowers when it has matured in a couple of months' time.

Original farm barns blend in with contemporary colonnades around an inner courtyard with elegant modern planting. It was the first really hot day of summer and I was quite glad of the cool shade.


Two huge sculptural pieces stand at the entrance way in front of the lovely 'Roth Bar and Grill'. Entrance is totally free, and although the art on show this time was not my cup of tea, I found the grounds and the architecture very inspirational.
Find out more about the project and forthcoming exhibitions here.