All our window displays are unique and handcrafted by our small team in Falmouth. Each year we like to create a floral window display, and this summer, after trying out lots of different ideas, we finally decided on large white paper flowers. Read the rest of this entry »
Our Window Team has been busy preparing our Christmas window displays for this year’s theme of ‘Snowflake Christmas’. Read the rest of this entry »
Although the official start of autumn is still a few days away, things in Cornwall are certainly feeling more autumnal by the minute. The weather is cooler and crispy leaves are finding their way along our paths. No matter how much we love a Cornish summer there is something about the colours of autumn that we can’t help but get excited about.
We love any excuse to get out on the water, and a regatta gives us the perfect excuse to ditch the desks and jump aboard a boat to cheer on sailing crews.
The summer months are the ideal time for boat races, waters are calmer and the weather balmy, (although being in Cornwall we take this with a pinch of salt and make sure we have a trusty Seafolly in hand) and we’re lucky enough to have lots of events taking place right on our doorsteps.
Falmouth Week Regatta starts today. Both beginners and experts will take to the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay in a series of races, there are events throughout the town as well as the eagerly anticipated Champagne Race.
The annual Champagne Race takes place on Wednesday, culminating in a display from the Red Arrows. This traditional race earned its name after avid sailor Lord Shawcross and his friend, Jack Silley, broke free from the main race they were taking part in in 1951 and raced between themselves to settle the result. The loser graciously presented the winner with a case of champagne and so the tradition was born. All types of boat can take place in this race and seeing all the boats out in the bay is a real highlight of the week.
The Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta is also taking place this week, celebrating their 120th regatta!
The Fowey Regatta (16th-22nd August) is one not be missed. Aside from a full programme of races, there’s also a carnival through the town, sandcastle competitions, gig rowing, crab catching competitions, closing with a fireworks display over the Fowey River.
The Dartmouth Royal Regatta takes place over the 27th – 29th August. The annual regatta on the River Dart started back in 1822, and after a visit from Queen Victoria in the 1850s it was granted Royal status. This year, nearly 300 boats will be taking to the water, local rowing teams will battle it out to become champions, and aircraft including the Red Arrows will take to the skies for spectacular air demonstrations.
Good luck to everyone taking part in a regatta this month, and if you’re going along to support pop into one of our shops and say hi, we’ll be in the regatta spirit.
The rugged Cornish coastline presents a hazard today for many, but in the 17th Century (even before Poldark’s day!) it presented a particular hazard for any large ship looking to dock in Cornwall’s little harbours. The solution was found in a small, wooden rowing boat that could be swiftly and expertly navigated to the ship, along with the harbour pilot to safely guide the ship in.
Jobs went to the first pilot that arrived on board, so this craft needed to be lightweight, built for speed, manoeuvrability and with plenty of room for pilots or trade. Where other harbour pilots around the UK used sails, the Cornish used pure, hard-core manpower because this was proven to be the fastest way to head into prevailing winds off the South West coast.
With gig builders racing to build the best gigs, it was William Peters of St Mawes who gained a reputation for building the fastest and most seaworthy of crafts. In 1838, it was his gig, the ‘Treffry’, which became the standard specification by which all other gigs followed. In fact, the original ‘Treffry’ is still actively rowed today by the Newquay Rowing Club!
With the introduction of the motor boat, pilot gigs became disserved, but plenty of men continued to race them for fun. There are now over 100 gig and rowing clubs around the world that use Cornish Pilot Gigs, including as far afield as Australia and Canada, and many hold major events that attract hundreds and thousands of spectators. One such event is happening this Sunday in Devon. On Sunday 31st May, the Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club will be hosting the Salcombe Rowing and Gig Regatta. The club continues to use three Cornish Pilot Gigs: the ‘Bolt’, the ‘Cadmus’ and the ‘Wolf’. For details visit: http://www.salcomberowing.co.uk/
Why not pop into our Seasalt Salcombe shop while you’re in town and shop the rowing look? Oars at the ready everyone!
Our March window theme is Daffodils and window dressers Kathryn and Tara have been busy making lovely Cornish daffodils.
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.
The inspiration for the window came from Ron Scamp, a daffodil breeder in Falmouth. You can read his story here
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/
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.
Our 2013 Christmas window displays feature giant paper pine trees inspired by vintage Scandinavian prints. Hanging in the tree tops are sparkly sequin stars which are really easy and fun to make – read our how to guide . The display was recognized in Falmouth’s annual “Best Dressed Christmas Window” competition.
We love the magic and sparkle of Christmas lights as they twinkle along our beautiful coastline. So wrap up warm, grab a mince pie and join us at some of our favourite displays.