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Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

When I was writing my last post 'Sprinkle a Little Sunshine into your Home'. I found a couple of fantastic pieces that got me a little nostalgic about going to the beach.  I always remember as a child our expeditions to Blackpool, the annual game of - who can see the tower first, getting changed whilst wrapped in a towel, sand, the smell of the sea, tacky gifts and of course a stick of rock.  You can’t beat a little nostalgia in your home.  So with all these memories floating around I just had to find some 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside' pieces for your home. [caption id="attachment_2347" align="aligncenter" width="620"]'Beside The Seaside' Papercut, Not on the High Street £22.00 'Beside The Seaside' Papercut, Not on the High Street £22.00[/caption] I am sure your family had a British seaside destination of choice.  As I said, ours was Blackpool and lo and behold look what I found.  I love this cushion from the Seaside Souvenir' range, it's design embraces Blackpool whilst remaining a cushion that wouldn't be out of place in any room. [caption id="attachment_2348" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Blackpool Cushion, Not on the High Street £38.50 Blackpool Cushion, Not on the High Street £38.50[/caption] I have to say I was surprised to find this Blackpool Beach Donkey.  Made with organic woollen felt, it has been hand stitched and hand embroidered creating a really cute accessory. [caption id="attachment_2354" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Violet Donkey, Berry Red £65.00 Violet Donkey, Berry Red £65.00[/caption] Think seaside, think Ice Cream.  Whether it was a 99 or a retro lolly like a Funny Feet or Starship, there was nothing better to cool you down on a hot sunny day. [caption id="attachment_2355" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Walls Classic Stoneware Lolly Mug, The Contemporary Home £10.00 Walls Classic Stoneware Lolly Mug, The Contemporary Home £10.00[/caption] If you want more of a nostalgic ice cream reminder, this retro tray will tickle your taste buds and certainly appeal to your sweet tooth! [caption id="attachment_2356" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Retro Treats Large Luxury Handled Tray, Creative Tops £11.99 Retro Treats Large Luxury Handled Tray, Creative Tops £11.99[/caption] Inspired by British seaside holidays and classic ice-cream cafes, I just can't help loving this delicious ices seaside mug. [caption id="attachment_2357" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Seaside Cafe Mugs, Not on the High Street £11.00 Seaside Cafe Mugs, Not on the High Street £11.00[/caption] The old 99 cornet was a classic, were you a flake and raspberry sauce person?  To celebrate the star of the seaside excursion, I give you the quirky and yet inspired trio of the 99 home accents. [caption id="attachment_2358" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Newgate Ice Cream Cone Clock, John Lewis £35.00 Newgate Ice Cream Cone Clock, John Lewis £35.00[/caption] A real novelty item is this dropped ice cream cone door stop, it's sure to make your guests smile. [caption id="attachment_2359" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Ice Cream Door Stop, GettingPersonal £8.99 Ice Cream Door Stop, GettingPersonal £8.99[/caption] You won't believe it to you see it, but this is the Mr Whippy of light fittings. Hope it doesn't melt! [caption id="attachment_2360" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Cone Lights, Letitreign £40.00 Cone Lights, Letitreign £40.00[/caption] There was nothing like family beach time, setting up the wind breaker, snuggling under towels in the cold - determined to spend time on the beach no matter what the weather.  Building sand castles, collecting shells - sigh!  Here is my little selection I am titling 'sand sandwiches'. [caption id="attachment_2361" align="aligncenter" width="452"]Hula Parasol, £20. Bright Stipe Wooden Deck Chair, £30. Tesco Bright Stripe Drinks Bucket, £15. Wooven Edge Cushion Pink, £10, Tesco Direct Hula Parasol, £20. Bright Stipe Wooden Deck Chair, £30. Tesco Bright Stripe Drinks Bucket, £15. Wooven Edge Cushion Pink, £10, Tesco Direct[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2362" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Beach Hut Door Stop, Live Laugh Love £8.95 Beach Hut Door Stop, Live Laugh Love £8.95[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2363" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Clam Bowls, In-Spaces £28.00 Clam Bowls, In-Spaces £28.00[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2364" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Sandcastle Bowl, Clare Loves £19.00 Sandcastle Bowl, Clare Loves £19.00[/caption] Here are three historical photographs showing our love for the British seaside, whether we go to Eat, Sleep or Live. Eat In World War 2 on trips to the seaside children ate carrots on sticks as ice cream was rashioned. [caption id="attachment_2366" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Rationed Ice Creams, BBC Source Rationed Ice Creams, BBC[/caption] Sleep Sun, Sea, Sand and a doze in a deck chair. [caption id="attachment_2367" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Daily MailDaily Mail[/caption] Live [caption id="attachment_2368" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Traditional Donkey Rides, Telegraph Traditional Donkey Rides, Telegraph[/caption]    


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