make a start on gardening chores!

posted on January 31st, 2011 by Emma Raczkowski

It’s hard to be inspired about gardening when the ground is frozen and wintry winds howl outside your window but with February we see the first bulbs showing signs of movement and in some cases even colour! So with that in mind here are a few things that can be undertaken in your garden.

If like me you are a fan of leeks or onions then now is the time to start them off because they are slow growers and need several months growth before they are ready to be set out. Cold tolerant vegetable seeds such as cabbage and lettuce can also be started for earlier harvesting. Plant seeds three to six weeks before they are to be transplanted.  You may also consider sowing small-seeded flowers such as begonias and petunias. Give them a small amount of heat for germination and protection from the still wintery conditions and you will be well underway with the years sowing plan!

Late February  is the time to prune! So shape and train fruit trees and bushes. Pruning removes weak or diseased branches and insures good air circulation to help prevent diseases. I have several old apple trees that never really produced much fruit. After deciding to prune last year the following crop was far more bountiful! Roses and summer flowering deciduous shrubs, such as hydrangeas, can also be pruned now.

If anything else repair and paint window boxes, lawn furniture, tools and other items in preparation for outdoor gardening and recreational use. Also clean Poly-tunnel or Greenhouses to allow maximum light in. Finally as you are out and about in your garden enjoy the hints of spring to come!

Our Seasalt shop windows will also be celebrating the joys of spring. You can find out more about out daffodil theme in tomorrow’s blog.

daffodils appearing early February in Cornwall

suzie’s cards

posted on January 27th, 2011 by sian

Take a peep at these beautifully illustrated greeting cards designed by one of our very own Seasalt girl’s, Suzie Foster.

Suzie works part time in our Truro store and has a passion for illustration. Last year, she graduated from the University College Falmouth with a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Illustration and has since been signed with the Advocate Art Illustration Agency and head hunted by PaperLink London. PaperLink London have commissioned her to illustrate 6 greeting cards to feature in their current L’art range, three of which are shown in the picture opposite.

Suzie says she is really excited to have her work printed and on sale and we are very proud of her too! Well done Suzie!

You can see more of Suzie’s illustrations on her website www.suziefoster.co.uk

Artwork by part time Truro store assistant Suzie Foster

weather predictions by Seasalt

posted on January 26th, 2011 by Emma Raczkowski

On many occasions we have posted photos of some of the fabulous views that Cornwall is much loved for. Scenes that have been the source of much inspiration here at Seasalt. However from our vantage point at the Seasalt offices in Falmouth the view can also offer a rather reliable method of predicting the weather!

Boats large and small preparing to shelter in the bay from coming storms can frequently warm of choppy weather. Looming clouds across the waters can also give a hint of what’s to come and of course stunning sunrises are always a favourite of ours.

We always love to see views that inspire from fans of Seasalt so if you have a captured moment that you would like to share do visit or join our Facebook page and post a photo or two for all to see.

new arrivals – the designer’s picks

posted on January 25th, 2011 by sian

Our Spring Summer New Arrival’s collection has arrived – hurray! We think Seasalt’s design team; Sophie, Laura & Sarah, have done a fantastic job. We asked them to pick out their favourites from the New Arrivals collection…

Laura’s choice
I love our new Pristine Tunic. It’s made from new lighter weight cotton that is really durable and has a soft garment wash. Plus, it’s beautifully trimmed with one of our uniquely designed printed cottons. It’s a great item to wear in the springtime over leggings or Seasalt Paddle Pants.

Sarah’s choice
My favourite from our Spring Summer New Arrivals collection is the beautiful cotton knit Poppy Top. I love its nautical-inspired stripe design and that it comes in different colours – I will definitely have one of each colour in my wardrobe. It’s the ideal weight to wear over vests on cool summer evenings or on its own as a top in the spring.

Sophie’s choice
My favourite from the New Arrivals has to be the Painter’s Smock. When we designed it, we wanted to put a heritage inspired twist on the classic Seasalt smock. It’s made with our hardwearing and reliable cotton canvas and I just love the big white button detail. I wear mine over the Mia Scoop Neck Tee with my Seasalt Paddle Pants to get the true Seasalt nautical look.

You can see all of our Spring Summer New Arrivals here plus you can alsosign up to be the first to know when the rest of our Spring Summer collection arrives!

Why not let us know what your favourites are on the Seasalt Facebook page!

new year hobbies

posted on January 19th, 2011 by Helen

With the start of the new year many people’s thoughts turn to taking up a new hobby. Here are just a couple of suggestions of something you might like to try …

Gig rowing

It’s no secret that many of us “Seasalters” love a spot of gig rowing and it’s always a case of the more the merrier! Rowing is a fantastic way to keep fit and get out on the water and it’s a notoriously social sport, so if you’re down in the south west and fancy having a go, there’s bound to be a club local to you, many of whom run special “newcomer” sessions so you don’t feel out of your depth. Who knows, with some hard training you may find yourself competing at this year’s World Pilot Gig Championships on the lovely Isles of Scilly in May – best get your B&B/hotel booking in now!

Learn Sign Language

Looking for a fresh challenge for this year, one of the Seasalt team was keen to learn a new language but rather than learning something that’s really only useful on hols, they’ve decided to learn British Sign Language. Courses are run across community colleges, adult education centre and local centres for deaf people and there are various levels you can choose to study at, from Elementary to Advanced.

Stretch away your cares!

Several of the “Seasalters” had already discovered the benefits of yoga but now we have a specially-organised class after work where we all learn key yoga postures and relaxed breathing – a nice, calming end to the working day. And in true Seasalt style most of the class turned up in various shades of Lazybones Pants!

So these are just a couple of ideas to get you started but tell us about your hobby, old or new, on our Facebook page and we’d love to see your photos!

winter weekend retreat competition winner!

posted on January 17th, 2011 by sian

Congratulations to Mr.Charles Higgins from Glasgow who is the lucky winner of our recent online competition to win a Winter Weekend escape with Beach Retreats and Fifteen Cornwall.
Mr Higgins has won three nights self-catering accommodation for two guests in one of Beach Retreat’s properties located at one of their stunning beachside locations plus dinner for two at Fifteen Cornwall, the award-winning restaurant made famous by Jamie Oliver.
Thank you to all who entered and a huge well done to Mr. Higgins – we’re very jealous!

Win a Winter Weekend Escape Competition results

behind the scenes

posted on January 15th, 2011 by sian

The Seasalt team have been hard at work the last few weeks photographing the new Seasalt Spring Summer collection ready to launch very shortly.

We took some ‘behind the scenes’ photos at the photoshoot to give you a sneaky peak of what we’ve been up to. You can see the full album of photos on the Seasalt facebook page now!

Behind the scenes look at the Seasalt SS11 Photoshoot

only 15 weeks to Scillies gig rowing championships

posted on January 14th, 2011 by Matt

It’s only 15 weeks until the Scillies World Pilot Gig Championships! Gig rowers will now be taking their training up a gear, getting their racing boats ship-shape and have 15 weeks of hard work to look forward to. It sounds like a long time but we’ll be on that start-line, bobbing around with 100+ other crews before we know it. The fastest crews seem to be getting swifter and more boats enter each year. Real effort and determination is required just to stay still on the scoreboard, let alone move up a position.

Here at the Seasalt, the rowers among us are excited already and really looking forward to the Summer season of races… bring it on!

Gig Rowers artwork

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itching to get an online order quicker?

posted on January 10th, 2011 by Emma Raczkowski

Have you ever been frantically looking for a last minute birthday present or simply eager to get hold of a product sooner because you just can’t wait? Well now online at Seasalt you can get guaranteed Next Day Delivery with our new website service! As long as your order has been placed by 2:00pm, Monday – Friday, we will send your goodies out to you for delivery the very next day.

For a small additional cost it’s worth avoiding the pacing backwards and forwards in anticipation! Just add products to your basket then on the deliver section of the checkout choose ‘Next Day Delivery’ as Class of Service. Complete your payment and we’ll do the rest.

Happy and speedy shopping!