Sunday, 5 June 2011

Simply Sublime

Well, hasn't the weekend ended on a different note from how it started, raining buckets rather than the radiant sunshine you can see we were enjoying on our way to the West Country on Thursday. The green skirt has been on holiday and much as I would like to tell you we went in style in this fabulous Morris Minor, we did indeed just borrow it in the car park in Frome!







And how we enjoyed ourselves in Frome. Architecturally, it couldn't be more lucky, having lots of lovely old buildings and gardens and the simply brill St Catherine Hill. This is where all the vintage and crafty shops are and I had no trouble losing myself there for a few hours, emerging well laden down! (There is also a model railway shop for the boys.) I can report that another vintage skirt added itself to my burgeoning collection, indeed I wear it as I type!



We have certainly made the most of our few days off. On Friday, we woke to glorious sunshine, so we packed up and headed for the seaside in Dorset. These wonderful distinctive lanterns will give you a clue where we found ourselves.






One way you can look out to The Cobb...







The other to the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast. Either way, it's pretty special, is Lyme Regis.








Strolling along the prom prom prom, I admired the pastel painted beach huts. Obligatory to any pretty seascape these days, I know.






This one gets extra points for having Cath K curtains!







We found ourselves a spot on the beach, it was busy but not crowded. My picnic quilt had its first proper outing and the Munchkin wasted no time in getting acquainted with it!







Actually, once he hit the sand and the shore, he couldn't be dragged away, except for his Cornish pasty at lunchtime. Mr HenHouse read some of his extensive steam railway literature as usual and me, well I had my latest quilt to bind!








After a while, I decided to head off in search of lunch. The houses along the sea front are really rather lovely and all quite individual.








Yay, it's pink, it's thatched, what's not to love?







I think this is my fave though, pink paintwork AND a turquoise door, not to mention that cute bowed window.






Further up the main street, there are also some lovely shops.







I thought this art deco cinema was rather fabulous.







"Ginger Beer" had a lovely display in the shop's windows.







Well indeed!








Two hours later, I made my way back to the beach with a few vintage and charity shop finds and some lukewarm pasties! I can say without hesitation that one thing which made the day in Lyme so very enjoyable was that the people were absolutely lovely. I chatted my way round Lyme and found warmth and friendliness everywhere. So much so that on my way out pasty hunting, I was waylaid by this rather magnificent beach hut and chatted to the lady owner for over half an hour about life in the West Country and all things vintage. I think you'll agree, it is simply perfick!





48 comments:

  1. Lyme is a lovely place. We went there just after the storms in 1987 and collected the driftwood from the beach, it wasn't far from where we used to live in Sidmouth. Did you see the famous cottage in Lyme? It is called the Umbrella Cottage.
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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  2. A perfick post Hen! I love your skirt by the way, and Lyme Regis looks like a wonderful place to visit. My Nan and Grandad used to holiday there many moons ago. x

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  3. Oh, my - that beach hut is to die for! Lovely. Looks like you had a great time. I love Lyme Regis. Abby x

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  4. I'm lusting after a beach hut at the moment after my trip to my brothers and your photo of that gorgeous one isn't helping!!!!

    Victoria xxx

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  5. Photos brimming with loveliness! Looks like a great day out! Cx

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  6. It all looks wonderful - love those beach huts - very jealous of your trip! G

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  7. It looks like you had the most wonderful time in sunny Lyme Regis! We had a holiday in Bridport last September and Lyme Regis was definitely a favourite place of mine.... there is a lovely shop selling Cath Kidston bits on the high street, can't remember what it was called but I remember wanting to buy EVERYTHING! x

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  8. WOW! Looks like you had a rather wonderful day. (a little jealous)I do agree with you, the pink house with the thached roof is the best. As always thanks for sharing.

    Ali

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  9. What lovely photos. I'm glad I'm not the only one who takes sewing to the beach! We've just been away and I dread to think what customs would have thought if they'd raided my suitcase - 20 padded coathangers?!? They probably would've torn them apart to find drugs inside but hey ho it kept me out of mischief.
    You've just reminded me how lucky I am to live here! I also note you're wearing that skirt I coveted in your last post. Why is it whenever I try on vintage clothes I look like a granny?
    Ellie
    x

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  10. Oooh, never been to Frome before but I visited Dorset once or twice years & years ago. I didn't have the appreciation for lovely shops and buildings that I do now, it's making me want to go back :-)

    You look like you had a lovely trip x

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  11. Oh how I've loved this post! It makes me miss home in The West Country so much! Currently stuck in Essex and trying to move back home to Somerset.....we want to move to Frome so this post really confirmed for me how much I miss home!!! I so hope & pray we can sell our current home And enjoy the Somerset air once again very soon!!!!

    Loving reading your blog :)

    Jo x

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  12. That beach hut is lovely. In fact all the buildings are, what a pretty place.
    Loving your quilts too, another thing I would love to try if only each day had more hours, or children more sleep!
    So nice to have discovered your blog.
    x

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  13. wow, that beach hut is amazing!! :-) Looks like you had a great weekend.

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  14. Oh pastel wonderfulness! That car seemed the perfect accessory for your outfit!

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  15. Oh my, that sweet beach hut sure seems a lovely space. Great inspiration. Looks like a great day away. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

    The Heart in Hand Project

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  16. Could you hear me sighing, and ahhhing? Lovely post. Lovely quilt, shops, homes... all so inspiring and good. Makes me happy, for you, for me. Thank you!

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  17. When we went Lyme Regis, many years ago, it was a bank holiday and it was heaving!Probably not the best time to visit. I did manage to find a lovely antiques emporium though..I wonder if i could find it again? :0)

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  18. Oh wow ...I love that beach hut ...totally perfick.
    Jacquie x

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  19. Oh Hen, thank you so much for all these beautiful photos of a wonderful place. I have yet to visit this area, and every time I see pictures, my enthusiasm to get there someday is restored.

    Cheers!

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  20. i so want to go back now....very inspiring post hen x

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  21. What lovely pictures to dream over, whilst eating my breakfast!! We are looking at going away in the summer..........mmmmmmmmm...a possibility!!
    -x-

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  22. What a wonderful trip! I could've mooched about those pretty shops for ages too!
    That beach hut is gorgeous!Packed with beautiful vintage lovelies!
    Rachel x

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  23. wonderful pix, glad that you had such a gorgeous weekend... skirt looks fab (smile) xx

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  24. OMG I could live in that beach hut, it's worthy of an article in Country Living magazine. Lyme Regis looks like a wonderful place to visit, during the day I'd be in and out of all the lovely shops and lounging on a deck chair with a little dip of my toes in the sea, and on a night I'd stroll around just soaking up all the lovely buildings, bliss!! Lucey x PS I hope you didn't get too much sand on that quilt with the lovely scarlet edging you were sewing!! x

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  25. Looks like an amazing place - would love to visit there one day! The last picture is fantastic - what a great "hut" (seems like the wrong word, some how!).
    Liz

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  26. The beach hut is beautiful.... I've had my name on a waiting list for about 15 years!!! Given up now :( Lyme looks lovely, I haven't been there for years x

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  27. All very lovely Hen. Great pictures and I love the car! x

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  28. This looks like the perfect place for me...now I have to visit!...your skirt looks so pretty too...
    Susan x

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  29. We missed you by a day! We were in Lyme on Thursday, making the most of the sunshine with buckets and spades at the ready, plus a wander round the shops afterwards and cakes, sausage rolls and scotch eggs from Mulberry Manor (highly recommended!)
    Looks like you had a wonderful time; I admired the same beach hut as you did but didn't get a chance to chat to the owner. Ahh, to own a beach hut....

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  30. Ah! Thankyou for taking me along on a 'Virtual' trip to Lyme. Lovely Lyme! I love those houses along the seafront and wonder who must live in each one. I love them all but my most favourite is the one (that isn't in your photos) with the french looking windows. How pretty is that beach hut?!xx

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  31. Look at the beautiful lady striking a pose on her fancy Morris Minor! How cool!!!
    xxx

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  32. Wow, looks like you had a great time and you are right the architecture is truly beautiful. Look at that wee summer hut isn't be just so pretty, I think we all want one of them now :)

    All things nice...

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  33. Thank you for taking me (virtually) traveling with you. Your photos are postcard perfect!
    It sounds like a lovely day.

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  34. Thanks for sharing the views. Looks like a lovely interesting place to visit. My sisters first car was a morris minor the same colour....those were the days...ciao Alison

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  35. one of my favourite days out, in fact the last time that we were there, I wanted to take a pic of the ladys beach hut but couldn't pluck up the courage to ask - well done!
    T x

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  36. Oh Hen I'm so envious (as ever). What a difference a couple of days make. We were in Lyme on Monday, just a few days before you, noses pressed to the glass of our steamed up car eating fish and chips. Honestly the weather couldn't have been more rotten and we didn't get to see a bit of this lovely town. "Oh to be in England now that summer's here"!!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures, it looks a glorious place (and so do you in your beautiful skirt, really suits you). We shall defintiely be back again soon.
    Take care.
    Stephx

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  37. oooo i love! I must take a visit there - haven't been since i was a little girl x

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  38. Oh wow, that's what's in those huts!? I never knew... That lady's right after your heart, isn't she? :)

    I love that you share your travels!

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  39. Really like reading your blog. I especially like your country cottage and the pix of your handmade things-lovely.

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  40. Hello Hen,
    Your blog is so blooming lovely. Lyme is so special, were regular visitors up from Cornwall.
    Your skirt looked fabtastic, and your quilts are an inspiration.
    Nancy

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  41. lovely post. Those beach huts are amazing!I need a trip to the seaside x

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  42. Lyme is one of my favourite places, especially Ginger Beer and Susie Cole. And for us, tea just has to be had at the Town Mill Bakery - pizza and cakes both rustic and divine. M x

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  43. Oh how I love Lyme - especially their annomite (SO the WRONG spelling!!) street lamps!

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  44. What a perfectly gorgeous spot and a lovely holiday!I love your skirt and quilt, you are brilliant! That turquoise door on that house is dreamy as is that beach hut! I want to move in! haha :)

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  45. Bonjour
    quel joli blog ... je viens de le découvrir et je trouve la henhouse très agréable ... merci de toute ces belles photos...moi je suis une amoureuse de l Angleterre et je retrouve dans votre blog tout ce que j aime
    merci merci et a bientot
    Marie Claude
    marie.sulpice@wanadoo.fr

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  46. Hi Hen,What a wonderful day out,thanks for sharing it with us and I really want that beach hut,fabulous!best wishes,julie.xxx

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  47. I wouldn't have been able to tear myself away from that fabulous beach hut either, no wonder you found so much to talk about.
    I've never been to Lyme so thank you for the lovely tour. Carol xx

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  48. Thank you so much for sharing these pictures! They are so lovely! No holiday trip for me this year so I enjoy what is out there in blogland! Just fell over your blog and love it!
    Tina in Germany

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