Five Fun Facts About Cornish Gorse

posted on July 14th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Kissing is out of fashion when gorse is out of blossom

 

Gorse is a common site across Cornwall. It fills our countryside and coast paths with gorgeous colours of yellow and green, delighting folk and inspiring artists. This year, it has also inspired our designers and gorse yellow has become a staple colour for our newest collection.

In honour of this inspirational shrub we have put together five fun facts about Gorse for you:

  • It has a wonderful, coconut aroma – some individuals experience this more strongly than others!
  • It’s edible and has a fruity, pineapple taste! You can make a rather delectable pickle with the flowers, or even a wine. Our favourite way to eat them is to simply add the raw flowers to salad for taste and colour – watch for their hefty spikes when picking though.
  • “Kissing is out of fashion when gorse is out of blossom” is a traditional Cornish proverb. (We’re a passionate bunch down here, common gorse is permanently in bloom!)
  • Gorse seeds are produced in elongated pods that noisily burst open when ripe!
  • Gorse has had many uses over the centuries, including being used as fuel, grazing stock and thatching for houses!

 

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The Seasalt guide to rockpooling in Cornwall!

posted on July 12th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

Seasalt guide to rockpooling in Cornwall

The summer holidays are nearly here, and it’s time to get out and about on the beach.  As well as the usual activities of building sandcastle, taking a sea swim and playing some beach tennis, Cornish beaches are great places to go rockpooling.

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Celebrating Golowan in Penzance

posted on June 27th, 2014 by Laura Ellis
Photo: Claire Graham

Photo: Claire Graham

Seasalt started life in a little shop in Adelaide Street, Penzance.

The works of Denys Val Baker, Penzance and the rest of West Penwith has become a source of inspiration for our AW14 collection.

This weekend is one of the biggest events in Penzance’s calendar. The town has been a hive of activity celebrating the traditional Golowan Festival. (Quick Cornish lesson: Golowan is the Cornish word for Midsummer)

Traditionally the streets would be lined with lit tar barrels, and bonfires could be seen on the surrounding hills, although this was outlawed in the late 1800s! Luckily the local schools along with a group of local artists came together in 1991 and revived the Golowan Festival in a bid to remember their heritage. The modern festival is much less dangerous than its predecessor (no flaming barrels to avoid!) but it is no less fun.

This weekend is the heart of the celebrations. Tonight, Mazey Eve, showcases local musicians, Penglaz, the Penzance equivalent of the Obby Oss weaving its way around the quay and culminates in a beautiful firework display.

Photo: Gingerbeardman

Photo: Gingerbeardman

On Saturday, Mazey Day, the streets are lined with stalls, there’s music, art exhibitions and activities throughout Penzance, but perhaps the main events not to be missed are the parades through the town.

Photo: Tiffany Terry

Photo: Tiffany Terry

Sunday is Quay Fair Day – it’s a slightly more relaxed day focused more around the quay.  With model boats on the boating lake, art exhibitions, folk music and market stalls there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

If you are planning to join in the festivities we’re still in that little shop on Adelaide Street, so do pop in and say hello!

Photo: Tiffany Terry

Photo: Tiffany Terry

The Seasalt guide to cloudspotting

posted on June 27th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

Seasalt cloudspotting

Cornish weather is famously unpredictable. It can go from thunder and torrential rain, to mizzle to blazing sunshine in a single day.  It can even differ depending on which coast you’re on! To celebrate the launch of our new catalogue ‘When Cornish Skies are Smiling’ and our crazy Cornish weather, we’ve compiled some of our favourite clouds scenes in the Duchy.

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The Seasalt team explore West Cornwall

posted on June 18th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

Kitty, Matt and Jacqui from our marketing team went to explore West Cornwall, the inspiration behind our next season.  It was a gorgeous day so they took lots of lovely pics as well as sketching the beautiful landscape.

Here’s a teaser – see if you can name any of the places that they visited!

Seasalt team visit to West Penwith

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Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

posted on June 16th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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The Best Cornish Bike Rides and Cycle Trails

posted on June 7th, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

Cornwall's best cycle trails

Rain or shine, Cornwall is always a beautiful place to get out and about on your bike. We’ve chosen our top picks for you to get out and about around the county over the coming summer months.

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Falmouth and the D-Day Landings

posted on June 6th, 2014 by Laura Ellis

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Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings.

While Falmouth and St Mawes have played an important part in the inspiration of our Spring/Summer collection, they played an even bigger role during World War Two.

Falmouth’s docks and beaches were used as training areas for British and American troops, and the embarkation points for some of the most poignant parts of the Second World War.

In 1943 and 1944 thousands of Americans set up camp in and around Falmouth, many taking up residence in the quiet village of St Mawes.  There are rumours that because of the numbers of US soldiers Falmouth was named an honorary member of the United States!

The beaches were regularly used to practice for the Normandy Landings and the port would be filled with different vessels, often surpassing a hundred at a time.  Some locals have been known to say that at one time there were so many boats in the harbour you could almost walk from Falmouth to St Mawes without getting your feet wet!

Whilst the residents of the quiet St Mawes quickly got used to the noise of the extra inhabitants it is said that the quietness on the morning of June 6th was what hit them hardest.  In the dead of night the troops had departed in secret and were ferried to the battlefields of Northern France, leaving St Mawes and Falmouth in silence – marking the start of the Normandy Landings.

The Normandy Landings were one of the largest seaborne invasions in history, and contributed to the Allied victory of the Second World War. Many soldiers never got the chance to return to Falmouth and the friends and families they made here.

Although the warships and soldiers have gone, there are still signs of Falmouth’s history around the town.  The old air raid siren can often be heard at Falmouth Docks, and there are two memorials to those who served in the war both in Kimberley Park and on the harbour.

Photo: Vernon White - Wikipedia

Photo: Vernon White – Wikipedia

The Red Arrows mark a spectacular end to the Pendennis Cup

posted on June 2nd, 2014 by Laura Ellis

Saturday was the end of the Pendennis Cup, a yacht race that takes place over four days around Pendennis point. To mark the end of a dramatic week of racing, the yachts anchored off Gyllyngvase Beach where sailors and spectators alike were treated to a breathtaking Red Arrows display.

Red Arrows Falmouth

Red Arrows Falmouth

Red Arrows over Pendennis Castle

Red Arrows Pendennis Cup

Red Arrows Falmouth

Red Arrows over Pendennis Castle

Red Arrows Falmouth

Seasalt takes on the Fal River Walk and Team Challenge!

posted on June 1st, 2014 by Emma Raczkowski

Fal River Walk

Last Sunday some adventurous members of the Seasalt team got up bright and early to take part in the Fal River Walk and Team Challenge to raise money for various local charities including Shelterbox, BF Adventure and the Fisherman’s Mission.

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