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Life at Seaforth

National Nest Box Week

National Nest Box Week

Growing up in rural Wiltshire in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by nature and the sometimes bizarre wildlife spectacles that I took for granted; 'Mad March Hares' boxing each other, adult Spotted Flycatchers unconditionally feeding their gargantuan Cuckoo chicks and one other occasion that stands firm in my memory. As an enthusiastic new member of the Young Ornithologists Club, I would spend hours watching a nest box that my parents had put up in the garden, frustratingly waiting for something exciting to happen. Then one morning, as I checked expectantly, I watched...

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A Scandinavian Solstice Visitor

A Scandinavian Solstice Visitor

I want to introduce to our newest Christmas visitor: the Scandinavian Tomte!  I have a lovely Swedish friend here in Solva who told me about the Scandinavian folklore character Tomte, a mythological creature with a long cream beard associated with Winter solstice and Christmas - well I just fell in love with him! And after a few tweaks here and there, we were ready to introduce him to the world. He's a lovely little visior to our living room-adding a touch of scandi chic to our festivities this year :) He'll be available in red soon too! You can shop him on...

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William Morris Anniversary

William Morris Anniversary

It was as if the walls could speak...That’s how it felt in William Morris’s workroom, when I was privileged to work on restoring the great man’s curtains at Kelmscott Manor. I had been a fan of his for years, but had never felt so close to him as when I worked away alone in the atmospheric place where he had produced his most beautiful designs. William Morris died 120 years ago today, but his textiles are loved as much as ever, inspired by a place that he called ‘the loveliest haunt of ancient peace'.-Emma

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Treleddyd Fawr

Treleddyd Fawr

Treleddyd Fawr. Stunning in the sunshine, this Welsh cottage near St David's was sympathetically renovated by theNational Trust Pembrokeshire .Restoring its cement roof and lime rendered walls. Pembrokeshire cottages are usually symmetrical with the door in the middle of two lower windows and three windows upstairs. It's beautifully understated and has not been polished up too much which is sadly often what happens to these little dwellings. More of its story and availability too stay in are here...http://www.nationaltrustholidays.org.uk/articles/breathing-life-back-into-treleddyd-fawr/Plus a beautiful blog by Jackie Morris about the man that lived there...http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/blog/last-words/

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Folksy Meet The Maker: Emma Iles

Folksy Meet The Maker: Emma Iles

Living in Pembrokeshire with its slow pace of life definitely helps with the creative process of bringing the outside into my home. Emma Iles from Seaforth Designs makes beautiful cushions inspired by the countryside and the coast. She lives in a fishing village in Pembrokeshire, and her surroundings are reflected in her designs. The oystercatchers she meets in the harbour one day parade on cushions the next, while the heather she watches growing on the hills appears in shades of tweed. We caught up with Emma to find out more… Can you introduce yourself?I’m Emma Iles, founder of Seaforth Designs, a coastal and countryside inspired cushion company. Having...

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