Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Looking back at magical moments of 2013

I am ending the year with a look back at the magical moments of 2013 that I have shared with you ...

 The sound and sight of the sea gulls following the trawler into Brixham harbour.

  Helping to feed the swans and admiring the cygnets at the swannery at Abbotsbury.

Admiring the view along the Dorset coast.

Spending a week in an amazing converted railway carriage right on the beach .

Walking llamas in Devon and enjoying being close to the sea and sharing it with you all.

I started blogging on 21st December 2011 and it has been great fun. Thank you for friendship, interest, support and inspiration. It is wonderful to have met and become friends with many from other parts of the UK and all around the world. Thank you for sharing these special moments with me and continuing to click to join me by the sea!

As the sun goes down on the last day of the year I wish you and your family much health and happiness in 2014.  Happy New Year!
Sarah x

Friday, 27 December 2013

By the sea at Christmas

Hello, I hope you had a lovely Christmas however you spent it. We had fun following our family traditions that have been built up through the years. Our pre Christmas walk contained constant reminders of Christmas ....

A holly tree full of berries by the sea shore

Pine trees reflected in the water

     and a herd of deer.

 Christmas does
eventually comes to those who wait patiently!

  One of our Christmas Day traditions is a walk by the sea - in contrast to the pictures above it was quite windy and cold, and it was nice to retreat home for our Christmas dinner.


Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.
-Norman Wesley Brooks

I hope your Christmas was filled with loving, sharing and giving and joy too.
Sarah x

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

 I was trying so hard to be more organised for Christmas this year.....

A trip to the Christmas market in Salisbury with my daughter didn't, however, go quite according to plan! When we parked the car I realised that my purse was still sitting in the kitchen at home! So we had a day out on a student budget instead, which was fun and will be remembered for many years to come, especially by my daughter!  We did have enough money to buy a string of dried fruit which were made on a farm in North Devon, the fruit is freezer dried on a large scale.      

The Christmas market in Salisbury was lovely, most of the stalls were selling locally produced items and there was enough space to see everything. The stall holders were friendly and happy too !

 We did lots of window shopping too!

and walked by the river and admired the buildings in Cathedral close. You don't need lots of money to have a good time!

 My son and his girlfriend are arriving for Christmas today, so if I don't get a chance again I wish you all a very

Sarah x

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Reloved at Christmas

  How about a vintage Christmas giving old things a new lease of life?

We are fortunate in Dorset to have some wonderful places to search for vintage treasures and this shop and cafe is another great place to visit. It is called "Reloved", don't you think this is such a good name for a shop selling items from a by-gone age?

As you can see it is jammed packed with so many beautiful items that bring back childhood memories.

Even the Christmas decorations are unique and homemade.
They also have a wonderful tea room, producing tasty homemade items. 

 I had a savoury cream tea- the jam being replaced with chutney and the cream being replaced with cheese , served with cheese scones.  My daughter (who is now home from Uni for Christmas) had a delicious homemade mushroom quiche.


It was all served on mis-matched china which just adds to the charm. There have been a few blogging posts comparing local unique cafes with the national chains of coffee shops. Which type do you seek out?

If you ever visiting Dorset there is the chance of visiting "Reloved" twice as they have shops in both Wareham,  where we visited, or in Dorchester(see below.)

We will have some presents under our Christmas tree that have had a previous life and will be reloved.

Sarah x

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Avoiding the Christmas frenzy

The run up to Christmas can be packed with so many things to do that it is good to get away from the madness of it all......

And find peace and calmness

And empty spaces......

 However, I'm not sure I would go quite this far!

Christmas does appear everywhere even on the beach. The annual santa charity run took place on Sunday. This involves a lonely Christmas pudding being chased along the beach by many Santa's.

It was pouring with rain but we went along to watch them and give them some support. The Ugly sisters from the pantomime joined in too.

The beach was transformed into a sea of red and white. Father Christmas should now be fit for Christmas and delivering all those presents and eating all the food!

Hope you are finding time to enjoy some quieter moments too!
Sarah x

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Decorating the tree

Have you decorated your tree yet?

A tree I spotted in the vintage market
On a shopping trip to Bridport I popped into to see the wonderful exhibition of over 60 Christmas trees. Each tree has a different theme, and is donated and decorated by a local community group or charity.

They are so beautifully decorated and lots of money is raised, a mother with her son followed me. The little boy was looking at all the trees in awe, and he enjoyed putting money in the charity boxes placed below his favourite trees.  There was even a tree filled with decorations made from egg boxes and covered with foil - that me made me smile remembering these decorations on our trees in the past. The trees will be on display until 15th December at Bridport United Church if you are in the area.

The one above on the left was for the Somerset and Dorset Air ambulance - can you see the yellow helicopters?  The one of the right was sea themed so I had to take a picture!

After all that inspiration I just had to come home and put up our tree too! What is the oldest decoration on your tree? I have a few baubles that date back to the 70's (not pictured). Our newest decoration was baubles given to us at my nephews wedding a few days before Christmas last year which we will treasure and bring out each year (also not easy to see in the picture.)

I then made some homemade mince pies using CT's recipe they were delicious. That plate looks a bit empty!  My husband had gone to watch Plymouth play football and he was lucky there were still a few left when he got home! I will have to make another batch before Father Christmas appears.

Hope your preparations for Christmas are going smoothly.

PS. Many of you have been commenting about the paper tree. I saw a similar idea on the internet last year, and went to a jumble sale and bought a book.However, I  found that I couldn't bear to damage the book and tried to do it with a small magazine instead ,which wasn't quite so sturdy! If you would like to try and make one follow this link here.
Sarah x

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Final blaze of glory

The colours of Autumn this year have been exceptional ...

You must be getting tired of my pictures of leaves and trees, but on Friday afternoon we had a walk in Abbotsbury Gardens and the colours were so incredible that I just had to share!

We bought a season ticket back in May and it has been lovely to continually return and notice all the changes that each season brings. As we walked around we saw a couple of gardeners, and lots of pheasants that disappeared rapidly into the undergrowth. Is there still glimpses of Autumn colour  where you live?

There were many of these plant covers over the cactus and more tender plants.They made us smile and reminded us of umbrellas from the 70's. The gardens have a subtropical climate and are very sheltered. On the Chesil beach, close by, it felt very different with a cold wind blowing and icy blue coloured waves more in keeping with the feel of December!

Thank you for taking the time to leave me comments, I was very touched with those you left on my sunshine post.  Val has now resolved her blogging problems so I have taken down my previous post passing on her message, it's good to you have you back Val!

Wishing you a good week.
Sarah x

Friday, 29 November 2013

Sunshine award

Firstly I want to thank the lovely Jay from My family and other cricketers for recently nominating me for a Sunshine award. As my blog is award free I am not going to participate with it fully and will just answer the questions that Jay asked. Her blog always makes me smile as like many of us she has a busy life trying to keep many balls spinning in the air at once.

The beach in Weymouth - last weekend when it wasn't sunny!

The German town of Bielefeld
1) Where do you call home? Is it where you live now, where you once lived or a place you would like to call home in the future?  Where I live now, down by the sea in Weymouth is where I call home. Dorset is where I have lived for the past 31 years. I do however have a second place I call home. I spent most of my childhood in Germany and a part of me will still call Germany home too.

2) What did you want to be "when you grew up" or are you not grown up yet?
I did look into the possibility of becoming a food technologist or a dietitian but instead I was a ground air hostess for a short while. Most of my working life has been working in the NHS - but not on the front line.

3) Do you have a secret talent or a party piece? Not one that comes readily to mind!

My dream location

4) Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Hopefully retired and living by the sea!

5) Do you have a "claim to fame"?
I did write to the Queen at the age of 12 to complain about rats I had seen in a street on London. I did get a reply from her personal secretary!

6) Any regrets, however small?
I wish I had asked my grandparents more about their lives and family.

My son's band - he's the one singing
      7) Is there a band or singer you wish you'd had the chance to see live? Or may see in the future? Or is live music not for you? My son was in a band for a couple of years. Although they used to practice at our house we were never allowed to see him at a live gig in one of the local pubs. He was at the stage when it was too embarrassing to be seen with the parents. After a few years he decided that instead he would redirect his love of music to setting up his own successful record company with a friend, that they run in their spare time!

8) School, loved it or hated it? Or should have paid more attention at the time?!  I loved school and keep meaning to do a post about it!

Our garden in May
9) Favourite season? And tell me what that season is like if you're not in the UK. My favourite season has to be summer. I love the light evenings the warmth (hopefully) and the garden full of beautiful flowers, and the first pickings of newly grown vegetables and salad.

10) Did you really have the time to answer all those questions, do you have time on your hands or are you up to your neck?
I don't have much time on my hands, but I liked the questions.
Thank you Jay for thinking I was worthy of this award, and also thank you for everyone who reads, comments and share my blog you all always brighten my day!
 Sarah x


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