Upcoming Events with Saltmarsh & Samphire


Is it too early for the C word? I’ll whisper – it’s coming up to Christmas!  We are attending two lovely Christmas fairs this year as Saltmarsh and Samphire and I thought I would share them with you.

 Getting in a little bit early is North Creake Abbey Barns with their Christmas Gift Fair on 25th November 2017.  We will be getting in the festive spirit from 10-3, and we are really looking forward to it.

The weekend after is our big fair of the year, we are very excited to be part of Deepdale Christmas Market this year.  This is a three day event – Friday 1st December, Saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December, each day we will be open from 10-5 – and it should be enough to get everyone in a Christmassy mood.

 We have transformed into elves for a while, and we are busy working getting lots of lovely images ready to share with you at the fairs. We will have present ideas ranging from little stocking fillers right up to the bigger pieces just perfect for that special someone.

We hope that you will be able to come to one or both of these events – we are very much looking forward to both.

 In the meantime, if you are in Wells – pop and see us in the gallery!

Organdie x


The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

The Diary of a Bookseller

I was kindly sent an advanced copy of The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell recently by Profile Books, and was very eager to get stuck in straight away.

As an ex-bookseller and current small business owner I identified with so many things in this book.

“At 5 p.m a woman asked if her husband had left, so I told her that I had no idea who her husband was or what he looked like.  She scowled and left”

The book takes us through a whole year in the life of The Bookshop, Wigtown, Scotland and is full of anecdotes about staff and customers, alongside insights into the day to day running of the shop.   It even includes how many customers came in each day, the till totals and number of orders fulfilled, which was very interesting to me as I make the same notes in the gallery too.

“A customer came to the counter and said, ‘I’ve looked under the W section of the fiction and I can’t find anything by Rider Haggard.’  I suggested that he had a look under the H section.”

It’s laugh out loud on minute and a poignant look at the book industry the next, and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.

“An old man with a walking stick accosted Nicky as she was riling through a box of books that was destined for Cash for Clothes – ‘I’m looking for a book, but I don’t know what it’s called.  I know what it looks like, though.  It’s a very old book.'”

How brilliant ( and frustrating) to be in a business that goes from one extreme (above), to the other;

“In the afternoon a customer asked where we keep the ‘illustrated poetry books’.  I explained that we don’t have a specific section and that he would have to trawl through the whole poetry section.  He emerged two hours later, looking delighted with a pile of £200 worth of books, explaining that he had just taken up book collecting and thought that illustrated poetry was an interesting subject on which to build up a collection.  I genuinely thought that this type of person had ceased to exist.  I could have hugged him.”

Just brilliant, I highly recommend to everyone – but a little bit more if you have some experience of the book industry, just so you can roll your eyes in full recognition of the cast of characters you come across in this book.

Organdie x


Bear With…



I haven’t completely disappeared from the face of the earth, promise….

I will be back asap with some more images and bookish stuff – I have some posts in progress.  In the meantime, enjoy the capybaras.

Organdie. x

Catching up with #30DaysWild

Last week saw us take a small break from Norfolk and travel back to Lincolnshire for a couple of days.  We had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying some of the wildlife Lincolnshire has to offer.

We kicked things off with a visit to one of our favourite places, Woodside Falconry Park. 

We used to visit regularly, but with the move to Norfolk it must have been 5 years since our last trip. It has grown up a lot since the last time we were there, but it has not lost any of its charm.  They still put on a lot of shows for their visitors, so we got to see the wolves, tigers, raccoons and raccoon dogs being fed, the amazing animal show (featuring a lot of animals that on the day didn’t seem overly fussed about being well behaved!), a bird display, as well as our favourite reptile handling.  

We took refuge from the slightly chilly day (especially chilly feeling after the mini heatwave we experienced the weekend before) in the tropical houses, which is Brett’s favourite place to visit, and had a look around the new conservatory which has been saved and transported from The Lawns in Lincoln, and it looks great – we are looking forward to our next visit already so we can see it completely finished.

 We really enjoyed seeing the tapir and capybara – they had young and were just so cute, complete miniature adults.  We went back to see them quite a lot.


We are already looking forward to going back for another visit soon!

We also went on the lookout for some orchids.  Brett has seen them for the last few years, but Emma has never seen them before, so we went looking for them at Mill Hill Quarry. Another amazing place!


 You wander through a corridor of mature trees and come out into an open space full of wild flowers;


Such a treat!  We saw Common Spotted, Pyramidal and Bee orchids for certain, and we think we also saw Common Twayblade too.  There was also a carpet of Birdsfoot Trefoil at the far end of the reserve.

 A thoroughly enjoyable few days away from the gallery – we feel rested and ready for the summer season to start in earnest!

 We are open 5 days a week at the moment (only closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays) until mid July.  You can find us off the top of Staithe Street, opposite the bank.  If you can’t visit in person, don’t forget to check out our online shop, where you can find all sorts of goodies!