Saturday, 20 July 2013

Salty Days and Sultry Nights


I'm absolutely gutted to be back from holiday! I had a fantastic time, shockingly, the weather was excellent ...around 30 celsius, every single day was hot and sunny. 

The cottage was in it's usual state of romantic disrepair, jackdaws had thrown twigs down the chimney, I washed my hair with a saucepan in the bath, the TV remote was broken so we only had one channel. Luckily I found a complete scrabble set and we'd brought a DAB radio, so we didn't have to make too much conversation....

My parents were staying half an hour up the road, so they could drive me and our luggage all the way to Devon - poor Mike had to get the train after work. Here's my travelling companions. 
   Mum, Dad and I had a swim at Beer.
mmmm look at that water. It was 30c in Sidmouth, so a dip in the sea was most welcome. I made Mike trawl the chazzas and I quickly found this flowery cotton dress...

Here's a quick look at the cottage for those of you who didn't see last years post. It's a time warp, full of aging fabrics, Cornish ware, dust, damp and spiders! 

Sunday was just a beach day at Charmouth

I couldn't resist a day shopping in Axminster.....
More postcards to add to my collection - the motivational one was sent to Mike's friend who was promised "the most hideous postcard I could find", 70s Duvet cover £2.50, 70s socks £1, eyebending tapestry 50p, glass bottle stoppers 50p each and Mike's purchase is this wonderful 1930s shop/hotel/door bell which makes a great noise.

 
This mad fold out basket was £1. The dress is 1940s and from the legendary Second To None

We visited Axe Valley Bird and Animal Park again, it's such a fantastic little place. 

The walk back to town was very long and hot, so we paddled in the river. 
We also had a meal out in the famous River Cottage Canteen, which was rather lovely.

Wedesday we went to Lyme Regis, the sea was a beautiful azure and wonderfully clear. Mike bought me a snorkel and I even saw (small brown) fish
sexy beach photo for you there
Necklace and swimming cozzie from charity shops
 Hat Primark (turned up by me)
Dress - Monsoon sale
I also bought...
weird Beatles EP, wonder what those springs represent, obligatory seaside rock, weird postcards

Beautiful embroidered picture, Victorian cabinet cards and French 80s Egyptian t shirt all bought in Lyme Regis
Our last day was spent again in Lyme Regis, sweltering in the heat, fending off baby seagulls and snorkelling. 
Looking distinctly damp in certain areas


I'm rather heartbroken I had to come home. I may bore you with some more holiday snaps soon, but I've got a tonne of blogs to catch up on too!

My blog title comes from one of my favourite songs "Cinnamon and Clove" by Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66, beautiful song with beautiful hippy nonsense lyrics


byeeee

35 comments:

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Good weather and good junking makes for a great vacation! Glad you had both.
I think I see an old Dave Brubeck LP lurking in the back....one of my old favs.

freckleface said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Alroight sexy? :) That's my West Country accent, that is. My nephews never say hello, it's always 'Alroight?'

Look at you doing the South West! Beer, Charmouth, Sidmouth, Axminster, Lyme... Glad you got a chance to dine at Huge's place. The food is lovely isn't it. The first time we went I had mushrooms on toast, but of course it wasn't just any old mushrooms on toast, it was practically the best thing I had ever eaten. Magic in that recipe. That and thyme.

Your week looks idyllic, how wonderful to time it so perfectly. Mind you, you did pretty well with the Isle of Wight too. Do you know something we don't?

Roight. I'm going to trade you all the other things you got for that one embroidered picture of the crinoline lady. Alroight? xxxxxx

Trudie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a wonderful time it's sounds and looks as though you had frolicking at the beach and fossicking for treasures. I love the post cards you picked up and the fold out basket. You look utterly gorgeous soaking up the sun.

pastcaring said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ooh la la, look at you in your leopard print cossie, sexy beach babe! What a fantastic week you had, holidays in the UK are wonderful when the weather plays nice. I have never been to Devon, it looks beautiful, and you certainly made the most of your time there. Beaches and swimming, excellent charity shopping with plenty of fab treasure, lovely towns, River Cottage - all good good good.
You look gorgeous in all your dresses - the cotton floral one was an excellent find, the Second to None pink dress is always a beauty, the white Monsoon is very virginal and summery, and the blue sailor dress always reminds me of the first time I met you, so it has a special place in my heart! I know, who'd have thought I can get sentimental?!
Sorry you're sorry to be home, but I am glad you're back, I missed you! xxxx

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You look so babelicious in your leopard swimsuit!! Hey, what's that brown rodent thing above the photo of that white bird thing?

Ivy Black said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I bet you are darling, 'cos that's a proper fucking British seaside holiday doe to perfection. I do love the cottage..you can't argue with that much honesty can you? And the weather! Nuff said.
Love you in your Second to None dress...loves you anyway, but just saying.
xxxxxx

Indigo Violet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What wonderful photos, you always find such great treasure. I was in Devon about 20 years ago and loved it, I wish I could afford to travel from the Antipodes again!

Sacramento Amate said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Perfect holydays, dear Clare. I love all your pretty dresses, and that sexy swimming suit is just glorious on you.
I cannot scape from this heat quick enough and enjoy summer in England and Scotland.
Much love always.
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Camelia Crinoline said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm loving the sexy beach photo. If I had a leopard print swimsuit I might actually wear one. The fold out basket is awesome.

edie pop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This post is fantastic, I really don't know where to start, but first of all : I missed you very much! I adore your sexy pose with the amazing Leopard costume, I think it's the perfect photo for the perfect Holyday ! The dresses are all very beautiful and one of my favourite outfit is the 40s dress with the red fold out basket, I used to have the same basket, I hope mom could find it! The Egyptian t shirt is so cool and I love the rare (and weird) Beatles EPs !!
Hugs xxxxxxxx

Louise McDonagh said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You look so glamorous and happy on the beach. Fabulous bargains. I love Lyme Regis and Beer too. Such beautiful places and you were so lucky with the weather. Xx

thorne garnet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

sexy pin-up! Cute swimsuit.

Yeah, what is that weird furry animal?

I agree that postcard is hideous.

menopauselsupermodel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

what a gorgeous place Devon is!! The cottage looks all wondrously tatty and old!!
Such wonderful goodies--that new dress is stunning!!
But YOWZA--look at the pin-up babe in leopard on the beach. I'm sure mike was fending off all the lusty menfolk!!

Kezzie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am positively drooling!!!! Oh how wonderful the weather looks! Love your sexy beach shots! Pinup girl you are!!! Your Monsoon dress is really really pretty as is that blue one! Oh how I long to swim in the sea!x

Vix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't know where to start! First there's you looking a stone cold fox in your swimsuit, that stunning Monsoon frock and the Second To None 40s tea dress! Your buys are fabulous, that dress fits you a treat and I'm loving the disco socks and the crazy vinyl.
That cottage is vintage blogger perfection, I bet all of us are wetting ourselves at the thought of a mooch around such an spoilt pad!
The dogs are adorable and I want more travel photos, too! Keep them coming! xxxxx

Forest City Fashionista said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's such a letdown coming back to your routine from a vacation. Yours looks like it was loads of fun, full of the best of summer. You had some very cute and fuzzy travel companions, and the cottage is quite adorable! Love your Leopard print one piece and all the pretty dresses. The fold out basket is awesome.

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello beachside goddess! Now THAT's a proper holiday - sunshine, beaching, shopping. The hippy song is an excellent soundtrack for this post, "the moon is like a tangerine."
That's a pinup swimsuit shot if I ever saw one, especially with those pearls - of course only a diva would know to wear them while beaching. Now you make me want to go on holiday too! More photos, oh yes!

PinkCheetahVintage said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are perfect, your cottage is perfect, you shop like a boss!!! Loving all your holiday fun!!

Mim said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks like a great holiday, and I love all the cool things you found.

Lyme Regis is a brilliant place.

lucy joy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Will you and Mike take me with your next year? I'll keep out if your way, probably get lost and end up making friends with nice local alcoholic.
I do love holidays in the UK, particularly Devon and Cornwall. I bet you wish you could have stayed forever. You look very cool and sexy in that cossie/necklace/glasses combo. Neneh Cherry Buffalo Stance comes to mind.
You find some really beautiful dresses on your jaunts, i really needa shopping trip with you SOON.
Do glad you had a fantastic holiday, and where better to stay? Not s plastic canvas picture of pebbles in sight.

Mary Lou said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

what a sexy beach kitten you are!!! love your holiday pics!!! seems you really had a great time, i can´t wait to get on my holidays in a week and go to the beach;)
lots of love and kisses,mary

Mrs. D said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your posts always make me smile. What a wonderful time you had!
That fold basked is amazing, I had never seen anything like it before!

two squirrels said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh yay a true summer holiday....gosh I love the place you stay in.....perfect beach vacation.
The white monsoon dress is just gorgeous on you.....so so pretty.
Sad face.....no wonderful ice-cream pics.........oh well lots of great breach and treasure pics.
Love V

Helga! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Gah! Such gloriarse Summeriness and a foxy leopard swimsuit! WOOF! Looking hawt, in more ways than one!
Looks like a perfect holiday, darling, were there lashings of ginger beer?! I do hope so!
Awesome scoring, too. Glad the heat didn't put you off your game!
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Krista Gassib said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Now this is how you do a summer beach holiday! Where to start, how bout with how friggin hot you are in that leopard suit, meow! I want one too! I also adore you in that floppy hat and white gown, you could be just as at home on the French Riviera you goddess! Mikes so cute hanging in that tree I bet he is silly fun:). I'm with our favorite squirrel where's the ice cream? That's when you say in my belly!
Love you!
Xxxxxxooooo

Pull Your Socks Up! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Could you actually get any better at chazza shopping??? What an amazing haul of treasures! I adore your new cotton frock, ALL the postcards, your new 70s duvet cover, tapestries, your red fold-out bag ... GAH!!!!! The pic of you in that incredible 40s frock is PERFECTION. I love your pic collages, I certainly hope you have a standing annual booking at the cottage, the benchtops are the perfect shade of blue ... granny heaven!!! You are the most gorgeous babe in your scrumptious leopard-print swimsuit, I pretty sure Mike had to pour cups of ice water down his trews every ten minutes - seriously!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Lisa G said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Looks like glorious fun and didn't you have the best weather?!! I hope the weather's good for when I go to Newquay in August.

xx

Miss Magpie said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm so glad you had a great time and I love each and every one of your outfits, you have some fab summer frocks.

CityScape Skybaby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I know how you feel Clare, I got back from my holidayss about 3 weeks ago and still keep looking at the photos and wishing I was there. Devon is such a beautiful place and how great is it to actually go on holiday in good weather!? One holiday I went on last year there was snow, sleet and gale force winds, so I'm loving this summer. You found so much great stuff as usual, your home must be a treasure trove, I especially love your leopard print swimsuit and your Monsoon dress. xx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh! Your pale skin and the leopard swimsuit. Extremely marvelous!

Delia Ryder said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I am so sorry I didnt get to see you its been a hell of a couple weeks. I only live half hour from lyme regis to we go there all the time. Your photos are lovely I would love to inside the cottage more that 50s blue kitchen looks lush:-) and you look ravashing in that swimsuit, dee xx

Vintage Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So glad you had a lovely time. We may well have been in Lyme at the same time. It's only just over half an hour from where we live and we popped down for the day recently! One of my fave places. M x

Cristi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Meow-you look so hot in your leopard print suit, 50's pin up perfection! And, the outfit with the white dress and turned up hat is very CCF cute! And, the pink one with the basket is so pretty too!

Love all these pis so much-so fun to see the seaside and how different it is from ours. The beach with all those wooden chairs looks like a pic from the past-they still use those and put them out-wow, so cool! I've always wanted one with the attached canopy!

And, more cool stuff, you and Vix find the best things! So much to love, especially that print on the duvet.

You both look like you had such a wonderful time, I'm so glad, you look so happy chilling by the sea!

Lucy Nation said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Aw, I remember this holiday post from last year. It looks like you had such a happy time again this year. Your floral dress is dreamy and you know I want it. The cottage, the sun, the pastel houses, it all looks fab. Sorry it's taken a while to comment, I haven't been too good xxxx

La Dama said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Amor,
So much beauty to see ,especially you posing in sexy leopard bathing suit.I am eyeing that red wooden basket bag.

besos