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Beachcombing in Cornwall, Summer Holiday Inspirations


It’s been a good few years (make that a few decades!) since I last visited Cornwall. After enjoying many family holidays there during my childhood and beyond, I felt it was time to take my own little family on a Cornish adventure!


We stayed a few miles away from the beautiful Sandymouth Beach, near Bude in the north of Cornwall.  This spectacular beach is owned by the National Trust and like many  beaches in Cornwall, is lifeguard patrolled during the summer season.


I love the rugged landscape of Cornwall; Sandymouth Beach has some fantastic rock formations and freshwater streams cascading over the cliffs and flowing down to the sea.

the little red hen jewellery Sandymouth Bay Cornwall

The Little Chick and I had a great time dipping our toes in the sea, followed by some serious wave jumping later on!


We even saw a jellyfish wash in on a wave beside us!



With so many amazing rockpools, we had lots of fun searching for hidden treasures. Look at this incredible sea anemone!


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Best of all, I got to indulge in some beachcombing- collecting shells, sea glass and pebbles is one of my favourite holiday pass times!

Now I’m back home and looking forward to getting back into the jewellery workshop. Look out for some beach inspired designs coming very soon!

Out & About in Kent

A Walk in The Bluebell Woods

May bank holiday weekend, we decided to make the most of the sunshine and visit our favourite bluebell woods. During late April and early May, the woods on the National Trust Sissinghurst Castle estate are carpeted with bluebells. We’ve been eagerly awaiting their arrival all through this dismal Spring and when we finally saw them, we weren’t disappointed.

One of my daughter’s favourite outdoor games is Pooh Sticks and hidden in the woods is the perfect Pooh Sticks bridge. There’s even a handy box provided for the purpose!

We followed the path around the estate, spotting some fairy doors along the way…

The Little Chick found a big stick, which of course she insisted on carrying the rest of the way! We discovered the jetty on the lake and watched the ducks and moorhens. We even got a glimpse of some fish, swimming in the depths.

All too soon it was time to return home, with the beauty of the bluebells still fresh in our minds.

Where’s your favourite bluebell wood? Have you been able to visit this Spring? I do hope so! I can’t wait to visit the bluebell woods at Sissinghurst again next year.


Out & About in Kent

A Visit to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

A few weeks ago, the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle opened to the public for the spring and summer season. We’re lucky to live just a short drive away from this beautiful place and look forward to the spring opening weekend. So we set off to enjoy the gardens in the Sunday afternoon sunshine!

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The Gate House, displaying some blooms from the garden along with the Head Gardener’s Notes

Mini daffodils National Trust Sissinghurst Castle Gardens March 2016 Spring

The Tower and Rose Garden

My daughter (aka The Little Chick) was very excited to be allowed to climb up to the top of the tower for the very first time, under Daddy’s strict supervision! She really enjoyed waving to me, way down below on the ground.

The Orchard

One of our favourite parts of the garden is the Orchard, with its carpet of daffodils.  Unfortunately, due to the recent wet weather, the Orchard was closed to prevent the ground becoming a swamp! Luckily we could still enjoy the glimpse of daffodils, narcissus and snowdrops through the low fence and across the moat.

The Lime Walk and Nuttery

Other special things to discover are the Snake’s Head Fritillaries, mini-irises and Hellebores. These can be found flowering in the Lime Walk and the shady Nuttery.

My favourites (this time!) are the camellias; they really are magnificent and a must see for any camellia fan.

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Amazing pink double Camellia



We really enjoyed our first visit of the year to Sissinghurst and can’t wait to come back in April to see the bluebell woods!