Learn to speak Kernowek (Cornish) in Kernow (Cornwall)

posted on September 19th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Would you know what we mean if we said it’s time for our ‘crib’? Or maybe if we said that it’s ‘henting’ today? No? Well you obviously don’t speak Cornish!

Cornwall is one of the six Celtic territories and our language is one of the Brythonic group of languages to which the Welsh language also belongs.

Cornish place names can be very interesting and if you look at a map of Cornwall, you’ll see lots of similar names. ‘Pen’ for example appears at the beginning of many Cornish towns or village names. It means headland or the end of something… there’s Pendennis, Penryn, Penrose, Pentire and Penzance, to name just a few.

To get a better understanding of where you are in the county here’s a few of our favourite prefixes and places to visit in Kernow (Cornwall):

TRE means a homestead.
Trebetherick, Trelissick, Trematon Castle and many more Cornish places (this is the most used name)!
PERRAN derives from St Piran, the patron saint of tin miners and widely regarded as the national saint of Cornwall
Perranporth, Perranarworthal, Perranzabuloe and Perranuthnoe.
POL means a pool.
Polzeath, Polruan, Polkerris and Polperro.
PORTH meaning a bay, port or harbour.
Perranporth, Porthtowan, Porthleven, Porth and Porthgwidden Beach
ROS means moor, heath or common
Roseland, Roskear and Rosenannon Downs

The last known person to speak Cornish was Dolly Pentreath, of Paul near Moushole. She claimed to not have learnt English until she was in her 20s! She died in 1777, an according to legend, her last words were “Me ne vidn cewsel Sawznek!” – “I don’t want to speak English!” There is a monument dedicated to Dolly at Paul Church. Her death is often referred to as marking the death of Cornish as a community language but here in Kernow, we think it’s still very much alive!

By the way, ‘Crib’ is a mid-morning break for a snack and ‘Henting’ means it’s raining hard!

Our Guernsey Store Is Recruiting!

posted on September 18th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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We have exciting job opportunities for highly motivated and customer focused Sales and Senior Sales Advisors in our Guernsey store. You will need to be flexible and able to work weekends and school holidays. For more information on the roles please see the job descriptions below.

Full and Part Time Sales Advisor Job Description
Senior Sales Advisor Job Description

Seasalt Job Application Form

Please send all applications to jobs@seasaltcornwall.co.uk
The closing date for all application is 2nd October 2014

Job Vacancy – System Administrator

posted on September 18th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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We are looking for a dedicated and hardworking Systems Administrator to work at our Seasalt head office in Falmouth, supporting our core business systems. Candidates should have previous experience in a similar role.

For more information on the role see the job description below:
Systems Administrator Job Description
Seasalt Application Form

Please send all applications to stuart.backhouse@seasaltcornwall.co.uk
The closing date for applications is Friday 3rd October

Job Vacancy – Assistant Manager (Sidmouth)

posted on September 17th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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We are looking for a passionate, hardworking Assistant Manager to work in our Seasalt shop in Sidmouth. Candidates must have previous experience in a similar role and pride themselves on delivering exceptional customer service and KPI results.

For more information on the role see the job description below:
Assistant Manager Job Description
Seasalt Application Form

Please send all applications to Hannah.Pym@seasaltcornwall.co.uk
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 30th September

A ‘Berry’ Good Muffin Recipe!

posted on September 17th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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Autumn is a feast for seasonal eaters. Fruits and berries adorn our hedgerows at this colourful time of year, and our favourite, the humble blackberry, is no exception. Blackberry bushes across Cornwall are bursting at the seams with their delicious black fruit this month, as the beautiful sunshine has helped to boost their ripening.

Picking blackberries is one of the nation’s favourite autumnal past-times. There’s a sense of nostalgia surrounding the activity, a reminder of days gone by picking fruit with your grandparents and sitting by a fire eating hot crumble made fresh from the fruit of your day’s work.

When out picking blackberries aim for fruit that is high up, and pick firm, plump and shiny looking berries.  You’ll be able to spot a fellow picker a mile off – look for purple fingers (and mouths) and scratched ankles!

So what to do with all this wonderful fruit? You could make a delicious blackberry jam, a blackberry cheesecake or perhaps a blackberry fool. One of our favourite things to make with our fresh fruit are tasty blackberry muffins.  Here’s our special Seasalt recipe for you to enjoy:

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Blackberry muffins

Makes 12

Ingredients
2 eggs
50 g butter, melted
175 ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
180 g plan flour
60 g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
125 g blackberries 
Icing made from icing sugar and water

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 and then arrange 12 paper muffin cases in a muffin tin.

In a bowl, whisk the eggs and then add the melted butter, milk and vanilla then stir to combine.

Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the egg mixture. Combine gently with a metal spoon.

Lightly crush the blackberries and then add them to the batter, gently fold in.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cases, leaving enough room for them to rise.

Bake for around 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown. Insert a knife or metal skewer into the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean they’re ready to take our of the oven.

Cool on a wire rack before decorating with icing.

Pop the kettle on and try not to eat the lot!

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And the winner is …

posted on September 12th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Thank you to everyone who entered our Summer Photo Competition this year, we were amazed by your creativity and images. We received over 500 entries from all over the world, meaning choosing a winner was very difficult.

We took over The Snug, our common room, and had to push four tables together just to fit all your entries on and even that wasn’t quite enough, we still had to balance lots of images on our benches! After a heated discussion we managed to shrink the 500+ entries down to just 40 finalists. We then drafted in the help of the Seasalt Artists and gave them the very hard decision of choosing the winner and two runner ups.


After much jostling, reordering and the odd fight (just kidding…) our lovely Seasalt Artists managed to narrow the finalists down to the final three, and because it was so tight they also threw in an extra two who are highly commended.

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, here are the winners of 2014 Seasalt Summer Competition:

1st Prize (£100 Seasalt Vouchers)
Amanda Lipke – You know it’s summer when… you can drink straight from the hose!

The team loved the composition of this photo. They thought the subject matter was both humorous and endearing, and found the image evocative of childhood summers.

 

Our two runners up winning a selection of Cornish goodies from Spiezia, Origin Coffee and Healey’s Cyder Farm:

Nyck Moore’s hilarious photo captioned, “…and he does go to Specsavers!”

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The team had a good giggle at this picture which reminded them of certain family members. They also love ice cream so this was one of their favourites from the start!

Jen Edyvean sent us this photo with the caption:
You know it’s summer when… the beach parties start.

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This photo was described as a dreamy, romantic summer evening. The perfect place to chill out after a long day surfing.

 

The Seasalt Artists also wanted to commend the following to entrants on their images.

Rebecca Lewis’s, “You know it’s summer when… you’re nearly there” brought back feelings of excitement when going on holiday as a child.

This image by Victoria Saines summed up perfectly what a Cornish summer means – sand in everything, and melted ice cream everywhere.

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We were so amazed by all the entries that we’d like to offer everyone who entered a little something, so please pop your name and address in an email and send it to competitions@seasaltcornwall.co.uk and we’ll be in touch.

Seasalt at Ely’s

posted on September 12th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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Join Seasalt on September 18th at Ely’s of Wimbledon as the store welcomes Seasalt to the 1st floor womenswear department. Celebrate the launch of our AW14 collection with a free Jute bag for the first 200 customers and an exciting Cute Jute & Women’s Sailor Sock giveaway for purchases over £50 whilst stocks last, not forgetting lots of Cornish nibbles!

So come on down to Ely’s of Wimbledon, 16 St Georges Road, SW19 4DP, for Cornish fashion and fun.

Job Vacancy – Weekend Sales Advisor (Totnes)

posted on September 9th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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We have an exciting job opportunity for a highly motivated and customer focused Sales Advisor to work weekends in our Totnes store. For more information please see the job description below.

Sales Advisor Job Description
Seasalt Application Form

Please send all applications to Toni.Sadler@seasaltcornwall.co.uk
The closing date for this position is Friday 19th September

Down a Cornish Lane

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Our latest catalogue takes inspiration from Denys Val Baker’s book, Down a Cornish Lane.

Here we take a look down a few narrow byways and find out what might be at the end. After all, you never know what you might find when you go down a Cornish lane…!

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lane to the sea and shadows

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Seasalt in John Lewis

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

As we prepare for a day of celebrations at John Lewis in Cheadle tomorrow, we thought we’d show you a sneak peek of when we descended on their Oxford Street store last month. Whether it’s singing on the escalators, bouncing on beds or getting stuck in lifts, our Shanty Singers know how to brighten up your day, so pop along to John Lewis Cheadle tomorrow and celebrate the launch of our latest collection with us.