Saturday, 28 July 2012

Loving Lyme

Loving Lyme Regis this week with its colourful beach huts.
 Loving walking past and taking a sneaky peak inside each one.
Loving the way people take time and care to decorate them
Loving the vintage kitchen cabinets inside a couple of them.
 Most of all I was loving enjoying them in the SUNSHINE!!
Now a little quiz for you...
In Lyme Regis it's National Lifeboat Week and these celebrations were going on on over the beach.
RAF parachutists dropped from a plane we could barely see - 12,000ft I think.
Free falling at 120mph.
 Twizzling around in coloured smoke until somehow, who knows how but they made these amazing patterns in the sky.
 Before descending rapidly onto the beach
 right in front of us!
Lovely to see the beach full of holiday makers making the most of the sun.
 I took a wander past my most favourite place to live, a girl can dream,
 up onto Broad Street.
 I left the jammers on the beach and had a lovely hour to myself mooching in the chazzas and gorgeous shops that Lyme offers. I nipped in to Ruby Rock Cake to see my friend Caroline but clean forgot to take any photos of her lovely stock. Do pop in if you're in the area as the shop is brimming with gorgeousness.
 Love my littlest jammer in my big sunhat!
Time for a wander back to the car.
Hmmm - second favourite house? Well I could make do I suppose.
 By the time we left at 7pm there were still lots of people making the most of the last few rays and who can blame them!
If you made it through to the end of this post, well done.
I hadn't realised what a lot of photos I'd taken.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Nowhere in particular

Two posts in two days? The weather must be good.
The sun is still shining here in beautiful Dorset, well not as I type at 10.30pm but it shone like mad earlier! We headed off to the beach again. It's funny how a bit of sun makes me go out and do stuff as I think I might not see any more this summer. This is summer enjoy it now. Make the most of it, it could be all over tomorrow.
 Let me introduce you to Nowhere Island. I hadn't seen the news and didn't know what this was until we arrived at Bowleaze Cove in Weymouth.
 Nowhere Island is part of the cultural olympiad. An artwork by Alex Hartley made from arctic soil and intended to make people think about how they would create a new nation. This video tells the story.
 Accompanying the arctic island is its travelling embassy. This hosted all kinds of arctic artefacts hidden in drawers and cases. It was beautifully curated and I wish I'd taken some more photos of the converted horsebox! The little jammers enjoyed counting polar bears in the embassy and were pleased to find at the end of the day their total of 41 was the highest.
 The embassy was manned by Ambassadors who were so enthusiatic for the project the jammers signed up to become citizens of the island. They got to ring the bell
 and got taught a special Nowhere handshake type greeting!
So if you're in the area take a look and see what you think. A waste of public money or something to make people think and smile?
It's here until 2nd August then off around the South Coast.
 More beach. More sun. More sand.
More hole digging.
 More sea!
Tomorrow... weather check... more of the same I think... it wont last long.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

After rain

When deciding what to call this post I was reminded of these lyrics - 
After rain, after rain
We can walk in green fields once again
 by the Oysterband
One of my favourite bands - just had to have a little listen whilst I typed.

So the weekend saw the sun arrive in Dorset and Littlest Jammer led us on a Sunday morning walk.
 My sister was visiting from Amsterdam and is training for a trekking trip in October. 
 The remains of the temple.
 View back toward Dorchester.
 The remains of the flood.
 Little Jammer got a very very tall shoulder ride down.
 Another blankety bunny making his way to Holland for baby Stan!
And the sun continues to shine...
I took the jammers and a little friend to Weymouth on the train yesterday.
 Although I'm not a fan of busy beaches it was just so nice to be able to go and to have to get the suncream out!
More sun and sea tomorrow I hope!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Rain = making, sun = sea

I'm going to start with a ta-dah moment! I made this cot quilted blanket for a friend's new baby last Saturday whilst the rain bucketed down. The fabric is vintage Noddy teamed with a green polka dot for a more contemporary look and backed in cream fleece. It has been hard to find a sunny moment to take a photo.
Whilst I was about it I made a matching cushion for my unit at the antique centre.
Now a couple of weeks ago my bloggy friend Safia rang to very excitedly ask me if I'd seen the latest Country Homes and Interiors magazine. Well I hadn't so dashed out to find one. However I had to wait as Safia's had been delivered and it wasn't in the shops yet.
so, what had she spotted that I was so keen to see? Safia must be a bit of a hawkeye to spot these cushions and bunting and know they were mine!
They are indeed Jelly Jam cushions on display in a rather stunning shepherd's hut.
I met Jane from Plankbridge Hutmakers last year when she purchased my cushions and bunting for a Country Life photo shoot and here they are again. If only I had a beautiful hut to show mine off... it is my birthday this week and a girl can dream.
Mostly we've been trying to keep dry here but managed a swift trip to Portland Castle during a rare sunny moment. 
English Heritage did a free day so we took advantage of that.
Soaking up a sunny moment on the Chesil on the way home.
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