Spring is here with our new window displays!

posted on March 9th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

Seasalt Daffodils window display

Our March window theme is Daffodils and window dressers  Kathryn and Tara have been busy making lovely Cornish daffodils.

Seasal window display daffs

Kathryn and Tara made the daffs using tiny pompoms of wool,  attached them onto the end of bamboo sticks and then wrapped tissue paper petals around the pom pom.  Each daffodil has its own unique name, which has been stamped onto the luggage tags.

Seasalt Window Displays Daffodils

The inspiration for the window came from Ron Scamp, a daffodil breeder in Falmouth. You can read his story here

Seasalt window displays daffodils

You can see lots more window displays and craft ideas on Kathryn & Tara’s new Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/seasaltclothing/seasalt-window-displays/

Seasalt Window Displays

seed heads window display

posted on January 17th, 2014 by Matt


Our January window theme is Seed heads and window dressers, Kathryn and Tara, have been busy on their sewing machines making giant cow parsleys and teasels.

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Let’s go for a springtime stroll!

posted on January 16th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski


Spring is on the way, and we like nothing better than getting out and about around Cornwall. Walking outside can help keep you healthy and happy, and we have so many beautiful spots around the Cornish coast so there’s no excuse. Here are our tops picks for a picturesque springtime walk.

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It’s blooming marvellous in Tresco’s Abbey Gardens

posted on January 12th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski


At the start of the year, you may begin to spot a few seedlings and buds popping up in your garden.  However, gardeners at Abbey Gardens on Tresco in the Isles of Scily won’t have to wait until spring to see a fantastic floral display- they have counted more than 255 species of plants flowering this week. What a stunning sight!

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tresco competition winner annoucement!

posted on December 4th, 2013 by rosie


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……

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a reindeers island life

posted on November 1st, 2013 by Emma Raczkowski


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!



the christmas card competition winners!

posted on September 30th, 2013 by rosie

Christmas Card Competition Winnners

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…

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special delivery for tresco

posted on September 25th, 2013 by rosie

Red Squirrels On Tresco

An exciting arrival on Tresco

The island of Tresco had a very exciting delivery last week when twenty red squirrels made a very glamorous arrival by helicopter!

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walking on the sea bed

posted on July 15th, 2013 by rosie

Walking Tresco to Bryher

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.


Walking Tresco to Bryher

the perfect summer shoes

posted on June 7th, 2013 by rosie


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!

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