Since February this year we have been running a big competition in our shops and on our website to win an amazing holiday for six people to Tresco, Isles of Scilly, worth a whopping £8,000! We are delighted to be able to announce the very lucky winner….drum roll please……
Its not only Father Christmas who’s ready for the big night but his reindeer are also limbering up for the big trip around the world. But a long, long way from their cousins at the freezing North Pole, a small herd of reindeer are enjoying rather more temperate climes – on the Isles of Scilly!
Jingles, Belle and their calf, Tula, are the islands’ very own herd of reindeer and they’ve become firm favourites with islanders and visitors alike, bringing a tough of Christmas to Scilly every day. It was animal-enthusiast, Stella Wyburne-Ridsdale, who first brought Jingles and Belle over to Scilly when they were just six months old.
“I love all different types of animals and I’d always loved reindeer. It was after I’d gone to Lapland, though, that I just couldn’t get them out of my head,” says Stella. “I’d actually been saving up to get myself some new furniture but after eighteen months of thinking about these reindeer I ended up thinking, well the furniture will have to wait!”
Having made the long journey across from Sweden and arriving in a horse box on the freight ship, Gry Maritha, the wild reindeer needed time to settle into their new island home. Stella spent many hours a day with them, gaining their trust and forming a unique bond. Very soon their personalities began to emerge – Belle as the ditsy blond, child-like and playful; Jingles as an easy going, big ol’ softy and a bit of a mummy’s boy.
Now they are a completely tame herd of three and every day all year round Stella walks them on their leads across St Mary’s and down onto Porthcressa Beach where they love to nibble at the seaweed and paddle in the sea.
Summer visitors to the island often wonder how the reindeer manage in the heat, but both the Isles of Scilly and Sweden benefit from the warmth of the Gulf Stream so they are more than happy in their island home. Of course they cast quite a sight as they do their daily walk. “oohs and aahs” coming from the breakfast tables of many hotels and B&Bs as they pass by!
Top row (L-R): Raine Clarke, Faith Davies, Val Newman. Bottom row (L-R): Jacquie Heathcote, Ewan Jones.
The entries flooded in for our charity Christmas card competition this year and the judging took place this morning. We know all the budding designers are keen to know if they have won, so drum roll please…
Walking between Tresco and Bryher on a spring tide is one of the great island activities. However many times you do it, the quiet thrill of defying the natural order of things never really leaves you. There’s something vaguely biblical about traversing a stretch of land where once there was sea. And it is right that you should feel this way. This in an astronomical event involving monumental forces, which for a short period of time change the world as you know it.
Tresco and Bryher may be close neighbours but they are most definitely two separate islands. They may share a school but each island has its own identity that goes beyond the stretch of water that lies between them, from their landscapes to their churches. Yet, for a few hours each year the respective insularity of Tresco and Bryher dissolves as the islands’ natural barrier disappears and the two become one.
Clearly the most important thing in contemplating a walk across the channel to Bryher is that there should be no water. Obvious as this may seem there are many times when the tide is almost low enough but you would be ill-advised to attempt a crossing. The golden rule is that low tide should be 0.5m or less. Very low tides such as these only occur during the year’s most powerful spring tides. On the day itself, atmospheric pressure and wind direction can influence the strength of the tide too, so if in doubt check with our Harbourmaster Henry Birch, the Island Office or Bryher Boats. Tide tables give an exact time for low tide as well as depth.
The end of July is the next time that we’ll have a spring tide (23rd / 24th / 25th) so if the weather’s good maybe I’ll see you out and about on the magical strip of sand and rock that briefly binds two islands together.
Sperry Top-Sider deck shoes have been a favourite since 1935 when Paul Sperry, inspired by the pattern of cracks in his dog Prince’s paws and his ability to run nimbly over the ice and snow, used a pen knife to cut into the rubber outer sole of a trainer. As a keen sailor Paul used these new shoe soles to avoid slipping on the wet deck of his boat and so a classic was born!
There’s been an explosion of wild flowers in fields and hedgerows around our design studio in Falmouth. Read the rest of this entry »
With our gorgeous SS13 range taking inspiration from the beautiful Isles of Scilly we’ve been out exploring and recently discovered what is possibly the world’s smallest dairy. So of course we supplied them with a load of Handybands to wear whilst hard at work! Kate from Troytown Farm on the tiny island of St Agnes tells us more…
Racing at the 2013 World Pilot Gig Champs.
Well it’s all over for another year but once again the World Pilot Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly proved to be an extraordinary, uplifting, exhausting, entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable event.