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

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The Year in Books :: December 2016

Better late than never – right??

I thought I would pop by to tell you what I read in November – October seemed to be a bit of a lull in reading and I didn’t really read anything at all.  November got me back on track though, so here we go;

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First up was the gorgeous The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.  This was delightful – beautifully presented with some wonderful ideas to put into practice to make your like a little more hygge.  I can’t wait for Christmas, as I think it will be easier to be a little more hygge then than at any other time of the year.  I am looking forward to hunkering down with some good books, films, food and (hopefully) no internet for a while.  Bliss.

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Next I dipped into Accused: British Witches Throughout History by Willow Winsham which was fairly interesting.  I did find the style a little disjointed and confusing at times, but a lot of the cases discussed were really absorbing.  I knew very little about any of them, and I was so interested to see such recent cases – going right up to the 1940s.  Well worth a dip into if witches are your thing.

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After that, I fancied a little lighthearted murder!  So I picked up the first in a series, Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver.  I enjoyed this one a lot – it is a lighthearted murder mystery set in the 1930s.  It was very fluffy and there were lots of small descriptions of dresses (which I found slightly annoying after a while) and some fun characters.  I would recommend it for light escapism, and I would certainly read the next in the series if I came across it on my travels.

December might see me reading Christmassy things – including my annual rereads of A Christmas Carol by Dickens and Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I am hoping that I can fit in some more wintery feel good reads too – what they will be, only time will tell!

What have you been reading lately?

Organdie. x

Tiny Christmas Break – ish

Just a quick one from me this morning to let you know that as Christmas is fast approaching I may not be around on the blog as much as usual.  I will return!

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I have got a few posts lined up for you between now and the New Year, but Christmas is a time for rest and relaxation and that sometimes means blogs too.  So I am taking a little break – ish for a while to recharge for an exciting 2015.

Hope that you can all take some well deserved rest time too – and that you enjoy the holiday season as much as I am hoping to!

See you all properly in the New Year (and sneakily sometimes between now and then too).

Organdie. x

Catching Up

Oh dear! I seem to have gone off the radar for a little while without meaning too.  We have been a little bit busy with a lot of things to do with Saltmarsh and Samphire and time just ran away with me…

We are looking into the possibility of getting a little shop, and it is so exciting!  If we can pull it off I think we will have a good chance of making this whole business thing work – if not then we might have to rethink what we are going to do in the future.  That makes me a bit sad – we have been giving this whole business thing a go for around 18 months now, and to be honest we have been struggling quite a bit with money and morale, and it would be awful to have to give up really.  So we are doing everything we possibly can to make our Saltmarsh and Samphire dreams a reality.

Have any of you started something and found it tricky to make it work?  How did you resolve things?  I am curious!

In other news, we went to The Country Living Christmas Fair the other week which was a nice day out.  I did think that the whole experience would be ever so slightly more Christmassy – as it was it was a lot more shopping-y than I thought it would be for some reason – but it was still fun.  I do feel a little sad (a lot sad actually) when I think of how Christmas is all about shopping now and not about the things that actually matter like family and friends and recharging a little after a busy year (and of course the religion if you are that way inclined!).  Working in retail really did kill Christmas for me a few years ago, before that I was all about Christmas and the festive season, and it upsets me that my Christmassy feelings have still not really returned in full all these years later.  So I have got some of my favourite Christmas books lined up to read in the run up to the big day and I am hoping that it might instil some lovely Christmas spirit in me once again!  I will let you know if it works.

I read A Christmas Carol and Letters from Father Christmas every year in the run up to Christmas and I love it – it is nice to have some little traditions at this time of the year.  Do you have anything that you do without fail around the holiday season?

Winter Books

Organdie. x

 

Organdie Rambles

Just a little post from me this morning – everything has been a little bit crazy with weddings and camera shows here over the last couple of weeks, it feels like I haven’t had much time to plan posts or anything much…

But this week I have a little treat to look forward to after some manic weeks of work – we are going to The Country Living Christmas Fair on Thursday down in London.  I am a little bit excited – am I the only one who really looks forward to Christmas?  It should be just what I need to get me in the mood good and proper, as well as being a good place to pick up some little Christmas gifts too.

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Photograph found on the Country Living Christmas Fair website – looks like a lovely Christmas!

Also a little reminder that my online course – The Art of Everyday Photography – is open for registration again now.  We will start next Monday – 17th November – for five weeks, might be the perfect time to brush up on your photography in time for your Christmas celebrations!  If you would like more information or to register for your place in class, please visit Saltmarsh and Samphire.  I would absolutely love to see some of you in class soon!

Organdie. x