Very kind of Peter Spence to flag up my blog on a brand new website called Factual Writers. I’ve recently been invited to join this group which comprises writers and publishers based in the south of England. I’m looking forward to the inaugural meeting. The group is on the lookout for more members so, if you are keen, feel free to contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
This shot was taken at Itchenor where I met sailing instructor Ashley Hatton who runs the successful Chichester Harbour Turtles.
Accompanied by the lovely Merryn Young – a budding writer keen for some work experience – we headed to Itchenor Sailing Club for, what I thought would be a fairly straightforward interview. Not a bit of it!
Before we could say ‘dinghy ahoy’, we found ourselves precariously stepping into a little rowing boat with coffee cups, handbags and briefcase in hand where Ashley rowed us (in rather impressive style!) towards a beautiful wooden X-Boat for a wonderful morning sail towards Bosham. Ashley took the whole thing in his stride and, before I knew it, I actually found myself at the helm for a few minutes.
It was an exhilarating morning and, back on my comfort zone of dry land, I managed to interview Ashley for the forthcoming Chichester Harbour News & Guide.
If like me, you’re a bit of a nervous sailor, I’d definitely recommend a trip out with Ashley. He’s on 07863 567584.
As for Merryn, seemingly, our fun-filled morning has reinforced her ambition to become a writer and…I can only hope she enjoys her chosen career path as much as I have and still do!
One of the highlights was a trip to the stunningly beautiful St Brelade’s Bay where artist and businesswoman Tina Ellis-Brecknell runs a gem of a beach shack shop called Fish n’ Beads.
This little treasure trove sells all sorts including colourful beads where you can sit outside, get creative and drink in the wonderful view of the sweeping bay. Fish n’ Beads is also a great showcase for Tina’s striking artwork as well as pieces from other local artists.
Following a tip-off from another Jersey homeowner, I discovered that Tina lives right next door to her shop in a much-loved home that’s jam-packed with her art, upcycled furniture and accessories, plus plenty of special beach-combing finds.
Your Home magazine jumped at the chance of featuring Tina’s beachside property and, with loads of input and enthusiasm from both homeowner and talented Jersey-based photographer Gisela Olsson, the pair pulled together to produce some stunning results.
To read the full feature, click here.
You can contact Tina at Fish n’ Beads on 01534 742348.
Click here for more information about Gisela Olsson where you can also read her blog about the Your Home shoot.
I have to confess that I’ve never really watched much sport on the TV before but now… well, I’m just as hooked as everyone else I have talked to.
Seeing the cyclists doing their thing in such style made me think about innovative businesswoman Christina Simons, who recently introduced ‘pedal power’ to her award-winning B&B Cottage Lodge, located in Brockenhurst in the beautiful New Forest.
The eco innovation takes the form of a specially-adapted former hire bicycle that’s been placed in one of the bedrooms. When guests are feeling energetic, they can simply hop on and start pedalling to generate enough electricity to power the television and get fit at the same time. Don’t worry, though, if you’re not feeling up to the challenge, photovoltaic cells on the roof can step in to take the strain!
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and writing about Christina, whose passion for her business and its wealth of green features is contagious.
The feature has been kindly flagged up in Anna-Lisa De’Ath’s Welcome column in the September/October issue of an exciting new magazine entitled LandLove that is on the shelves now.
For more information about Cottage Lodge, or to make a booking, contact 01590 622296 or view www.cottagelodge.co.uk