Cornish choughs and a chirpy new print for spring

posted on January 16th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

We’ve been excitingly welcoming in beautiful new Seasalt styles over the last couple of weeks, spring is on its way! One particular print has captivated us all. Laura Watson, one of our talented designers, has created a chirpy unique print called Kissing Choughs, featuring Cornwall’s most famous bird.

Kissing Choughs the latest pattern from Seasalt designer Laura Watson

At Lizard Point, the most southerly point of mainland Britain, choughs, which were absent for many years, can now happily be found in abundance. We think Seasalt designer, Laura, has captured their cheeky personalities perfectly in this print.

The chough (pronounced ‘chuff’) is a member of the crow family, sharing the same inky black plumage. However, unlike other crows the cheeky chough has a distinctive and easily identified bright red bill, legs and feet, and a loud, ringing call. It’s this distinct call that gives the chough it’s name. However, the bird’s Cornish name, Palores, means Digger, a reference no doubt to its habit of digging away at loose soil to find invertebrates.

It’s the national bird of Cornwall and features on the coat of arms, proudly sitting on top of the crest flanked by a tin miner and fisherman. It is widely used in Cornish heraldry showing the significance of the bird on Cornish history. One Cornish legend states that King Arthur did not die but was transformed into a red-billed chough, its red feet and bill signifying Arthur’s violent and bloody end.

Sadly the increase of trophy hunters and degradation of the chough’s preferred habitat towards the end of the 18th century meant a steady decline in numbers.

Cornish chough painted by in house Seasalt Artist Matt Johnson
The year 1947 saw the last successful nesting attempt in Cornwall. An ageing pair of choughs lived near Newquay between 1960–1967 but one of the pair was found dead in March 1967. Its partner patrolled the cliffs alone until 1973 when it too, the last of the Cornish choughs, was seen no more.

For the next 28 years, choughs remained absent from Cornwall. But early in the spring of 2001, a group of three wild choughs took up residence on the Lizard and in 2002, two of the birds raised young, the first in Cornwall in more than 50 years! Happily, thanks to this pioneering duo, there are now 7 breeding pairs, and it is estimated that over 70 youngsters have fledged from Cornish nests.

In the autumn and winter months, flocks can be found performing fantastic acrobatic diving and swooping displays on the Lizard. Favourite chough nesting sites include sea caves, cliff crevices, old buildings, quarries and mine shafts – where they’re safely tucked away from the worst of the Cornish weather. So if you’re taking a stroll around the Lizard peninsula be sure to keep an eye out for the cheeky Cornish bird. If you are lucky enough to spot a chough or two you can report your sightings to the RSPB who are working to help protect them. To report your chough sightings, email cornishchoughs@rspb.org.uk or call 01392 453775.

If you’d like to find out more about Cornwall’s favourite bird this website knows all there is to know about Cornish choughs http://www.cornishchoughs.org/choughs/

These beautiful watercolour choughs were painted by our in-house Seasalt Artist, Matt Johnson.

Job Vacancy – Online Marketing Assistant (Falmouth)

posted on January 15th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

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We are currently looking for an Online Marketing Assistant who has a passion for digital marketing to join the online team. The role is based in our Falmouth offices and is a great opportunity for someone willing to learn as training will be provided. For more information please see the job description below.

Online Marketing Assistant Job Description
Seasalt Application Form

Please send C.Vs and application forms to emma.hill@seasaltcornwall.co.uk
The closing date for this role is 6th February 2015

Job Vacancy – Finance Technician (Falmouth)

posted on January 12th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

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We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated person who possesses great IT skills to work in our Financial Planning & Analysis team.

You will have experience of working in an Accounts or Finance team, preferably with some experience of budgeting and planning. You’ll be self-motivated; able to work autonomously or as part of our team, with excellent communication and time management skills. An eye for detail and a methodical problem-solving approach are essential.

You must possess 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade C and above including Maths & English and be at least AAT part-qualified. Candidates that are AAT qualified or are studying for CIMA (or similar qualifications) would be preferred and study support for these qualifications may be available as part of the remuneration package.

Job Description: Seasalt Finance Technician (PDF)
Seasalt Application Form (Word)

Please send completed forms to adrian.garland@seasaltcornwall.co.uk

The closing date for applications is: Sunday 1st February.

Job Vacancy – Marketing Photography Assistant (Falmouth)

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

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We have a position available for an organised and creative Marketing Photography Assistant to join the team at our head office in Falmouth.

Working within the Marketing team, the Marketing Photography Assistant will have an eye for style and a can-do attitude. The primary function of the role is to assist with aspects of the photography critical path and help to provide the Marketing team with beautiful imagery ready to use across the marketing mix – including product photography, studio photography and lifestyle photoshoots.

With hands on experience in a busy photo-studio, arranging and coordinating shoots, booking models, preparing samples and ensuring everything runs smoothly day-to-day. The role requires someone who can turn their hand to (almost) anything and is not afraid to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in!

Marketing Photography Assistant Job Description
Seasalt Application Form

Please send completed forms to mikki.stratton-monck@seasaltcornwall.co.uk

The closing date for applications is: Monday 2nd February

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Job Vacancy – Part Time Senior Sales Advisor (Woodbridge)

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

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We are looking for a highly motivated and customer focused temporary Senior Sales Advisor (24 hours per week) to join our team in Woodbridge. Applicants should be experienced in delivering excellent customer service, enthusiasm, commitment and flexibility in this role. For more information please see Job Description for this position.

Senior Sales Advisor Job Description (Part Time, 24 hours per week)
Seasalt Application Form

Please send all applications to demi.reade@seasaltcornwall.co.uk
The closing date for this role is Thursday 22nd January

Job Vacancy – Part Time Sales Advisor (Southwold)

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

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We are looking for a part-time sales advisor (12 hours per week) to join us at our Southwold shop. You’ll need to be highly motivated, customer focused, flexible and able to work weekdays/weekends and school holidays.

For more details please see job description.

Sales Advisors (Part Time).

Please fill out the Seasalt Job Application Form and send to demi.reade@seasaltcornwall.co.uk.

The deadline for applications for the permanent positions is Saturday 24th January.

Job Vacancy – Assistant Manager (Exeter)

posted on January 8th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

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We are looking for a highly motivated, passionate and hard working Assistant Manager to work in our Exeter Store. Candidates must have previous experience in a similar role and pride themselves on delivering excellent customer service and KPI results.

For more information about the role see the job description below.

Assistant Manager Job Description
Application Form

Please send all applications to tara.patidar@seasaltcornwall.co.uk
The closing date for this role is Sunday 25th January 2015

The perfect focaccia recipe

posted on January 7th, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

If your New Year’s resolution was to try your hand at bread making then you’re in luck, if not it’s fine, we’ll still let you have a go!

Our friends at the River Cottage Cookery School have kindly shared their lovely focaccia recipe with us. It’s an excellent sharing bread, perfect for serving with supper when your friends come round. And the best bit? It’s really easy to make.

Fancy winning a 2-day cookery break at River Cottage? Enter our competition here.

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Makes 1 focaccia

You will need:

500 g strong white bread flour

5 g powdered dried yeast

10 g fine salt

325 ml warm water

About 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for coating

To finish

A generous drizzle of olive oil

A sprinkle of flaky sea salt

A couple of rosemary sprigs, leaves stripped and finely chopped


Method

To knead by hand: mix the flour, yeast, salt and water in a bowl to form a sticky dough. Add the oil, mix it in, then turn the dough out on to a clean work surface. Knead until smooth and silky, about 10 minutes.

Or, to use a food mixer: fit the dough hook and add the flour, yeast, salt and water to the mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until evenly combined, then add the oil and leave to knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and silky.

Shape the dough into a round and coat with a little extra oil. Leave to rise in a clean bowl, covered with a plastic bag. When it has doubled in size, tip it on to the work surface and press into a rough rectangle. Place in a lightly oiled shallow baking tray, measuring about 26 x 36cm. Press the dough in with your fingers, right into the corners. Now leave to rise, covered, for about half an hour.

Preheat your oven to 250°C/Gas Mark 10, or as high as it will go. When the bread looks puffed up and airy, use your fingertips to poke deep holes across the whole surface, almost to the bottom. Drizzle the top generously (but not swimmingly) with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and rosemary. Bake for about 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to about 200°C/Gas Mark 6 and bake for a further 10 minutes.

Focaccia is best eaten warm, but not hot; leave to cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before serving, or leave to cool completely.

This recipe features in the “River Cottage Bread Handbook”, published by Bloomsbury Publishing plc, and available from rivercottage.net.

 

 

Photoshoot in Lerryn & The Fowey Hall Hotel

posted on January 6th, 2015 by Laura Ellis

We’re incredibly lucky here at Seasalt to get out and explore different parts of Cornwall for each season’s photoshoots. Part of our SS15 collection took us to Lerryn, a beautiful village situated on the river which you can cross by an Elizabethan bridge or via a set of stepping stones.  Our location shoot also took us to the Fowey Hall Hotel, which is believed to have inspired Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind In The Willows.

We’ve put together a few photos taken whilst on location so you too can get lost in the beauty of our surroundings. Keep an eye out for one of our models taking a little rest by the river.

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Enjoy the last day of your Christmas break

posted on January 2nd, 2015 by Nikki Phillips

Heading back to work tomorrow? No one enjoys going back to the office after a fun-filled holiday, so to put a smile back on your face, we’ve made a list of our favourite activities for you to enjoy on the last day of the Christmas break.

  • Treat yourself – chomp your way through the last remaining biscuits, chocolates and mince pies(after all the post-Christmas healthy eating can’t start while there’s still goodies in the cupboard)
  • Grab your wellies – rather than spend your last day of freedom slouched on the sofa in front of the TV, brave the great outdoors and head to the woods, park or beach for a revitalising walk.
  • Go sale shopping – there are still some amazing bargains to be had, so wrap up warm and hit the high-street.
  • Cook – dust off those recipe books and make something delicious for tomorrow’s lunch. By packing yourself something scrummy you’ll have something to look forward to all morning.
  • Get into gardening – whether you live in the city or countryside, it’s easy to get into gardening. Pop to your local garden centre, pick up some soil and a pretty pot, plant some seeds and wait for them to bloom.
  • Craft – you could paint a mug with your favourite design to take to work, use fabrics to make a designer cover for your 2015 diary or customise a top to give it a revamp for the New Year!

Whatever you decide to do today, enjoy it!

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