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One morning this week I woke up to the squawk of seagulls and for a moment I could have been on the Devon coast or waking up open windowed in a sunny square in Brighton. It was a tiny flicker of escapism from the wake ups of bin men, the 'bloop' of the postman scanning something before knocking and car doors and alarms sounding as people dive out for a quick milk run or nursery drop before the day starts.

In short I'm GAGGING FOR THE SEASIDE (the less poetic version)...

 
In an alternate reality I’m waking up late and rushing down to book an all day deckchair, and not waking up late and selecting the greatest Girls Aloud song on a Twitter poll, but apparently 2020 had other ideas. It's a funny time being in a limbo which means many of us are still house bound, and others picking up where we left off and easing into everyday life once more. It's a muscle I'm starting to flex (the only one I have flexed over lockdown), and I'm hoping that with the coming weeks getting on trains with a random assortment of M&S snacks, tapping out at London Victoria and watching the world pass by from a train window will start to feel familiar once again. 
Saying that, we've booked a little UK something for the beginning of October, which hopefully feels like if we’re lucky we still might have a slither of sandy toe time and a bit of *actual* escapism, which is always something to get excited about. I can see it on the horizon!

Anyway, to celebrate an alternate British summer for now, this weeks newsletter has taken on a bit of a theme- summer escapism and the seaside from sofa. I hope you're all staying safe, being gentle with yourself and waking up to at least a slightly bright overcast day wherever you are. We're closer to the end of this than the beginning, and when in doubt there's always an ice cream outside your own window.

Have a wonderful Sunday and week ahead you lovely lot.


  

Imagining I was on the beach somewhere, or lying stomach squashed flat on a sun lounger around a pool in Europe- these are the things I’d be reading and listening to:
When it comes to music, all it takes is one listen of the Alessi Brothers (or Babeheaven) singing Seabird and I’m in St. Ives. It has a totally transportive effect, and this is the playlist that reminds me of summers down by the coast, children screeching and splashing by poolsides. It's also good for sitting in your garden, playing whilst you're in a long bath or lying on your bed with the window wide open. Also, as an extra note- sorry, why did nobody tell me about THE ALESSI BROTHERS LOOKING LIKE THIS? Taking that to the hairdressers next time I go...



By way of podcast listening, I've been l-o-v-i-n-g listening to my pals Emma and Nicole in their shiny new podcast, Mixed Up. If you're after a podcast that feels like sitting down with friends- this is your one. Talking about their lived experiences with mixed heritage, it's a truly wonderful podcast to listen, learn and nod along to. It's also such a treat getting to know two women I admire online better, and it's a listen that feels hugely warm, personable and generous too.
For all of my hypothetical seaside situations, I'm wearing a wardrobe bought from Denmark based L I N N E clothing- slow, sustainable, made to order and flourished with flouncy clown collars, gingham and nautical details. Sign. Me. Up.
With so many of us dreamy of escapes, I thought I'd re-share some of my favourite seaside guides for any inspiration- in case you're thinking of booking (or just need some pictures to accompany an Alessi Brothers soundtrack)- either or...
If you're as much of a fan of St. Ives as me, here are some postcards from last summer...
A guide to one of my newest seaside discoveries, Deal- and the finest fish and chips on the Kent coast...
Some favourite spots to go to from beautiful Brighton!
I still regularly think of the food we ate in Penzance; here are some of my other favourites too!
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