September is here! Wow! This means summer is beginning it's slow stretch toward slumber for another year. This summer has been particularly beautiful here in Kent with plenty of very welcome warmth and sunshine. We have done very little, as intended, with hardly any trips away. We wanted lots of time to just bumble about at home and in the garden, hang out with friends and play on the beach, all things we have spent lots of time doing together. I have, however, ended up doing far more work than initially expected, and with less childcare, so it hasn't been quite the relaxing slow summer I had in mind for moi! But reduced childcare means i've been forced to work very efficiently on the days I have had childcare, and in my evenings. It also means I've had more time with Frankie than normal doing our favourite things. We have ticked most of the things off our Simple Summer Bucket List and have a couple of weeks left to make the most of the summer before kindergarten starts again. Blackberry picking and jam making features very highly on that list!
We are also hoping to have a few more beach breakfasts, one of our favourite indulgences. Croissants and coffee on an almost empty beach, with a gentle sea breeze tousling your hair and the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore a few meters away is simply the most divine and peaceful way to start the day.
Frankie-Roses wonderful dress was kindly gifted to us by our pals over at Alex & Alexa, isn't it amazing? It's actually Stella McCartney and made super ethically, which ticks our sweatshop free box! Frankie-Rose loves her 'rainbow dress' and we are literally inundated with compliments each time she wears it. There was a little sneak of it on my Instagram stories and I think I received over 15 messages about it!
I made the windbreak for Sisterhood camp in May, as we were planning a beach cook out. Unfortunately the weather was too poor so we set up on the Fforest site instead, but it has been really useful all summer long for us here. I had been looking for a white wind break for years but they simply don't exist! It was very easy to make.
- White waterproof fabric. Mine is gifted from Extex and was a dream to work with. Its light fast, stain resistant, water repellant, pre shrunk and machine washable - perfect for a windbreak! The fabric is about 1.2 meters wide.
- Broom handles. Mine were 1.5 meters long.
- Pins, fabric chalk and sewing machine.
- Make sure you buy poles that are bigger than the width of your fabric. You might need to cut down your fabric to ensure this. My poles were 1.5 meters and my fabric was about 1.2 meters wide.
- Hem the edges of the fabric.
- Measure then evenly mark out the segments of the windbreak, roughly 1.5 meters per segment, but make sure you also mark out 2 lines 3 inches apart which will create the tunnel for the pole to slide into, between each segment.
- Pin the 2 chalk lines together so there is a little tunnel for the pole to slide into. Make sure each pole tunnel is pinned facing the same way.
- Sew the tunnel lines closed and sew across the top of each tunnel at the top so the pole doesn't stick through it.
- Insert the poles. You may need to saw the ends of the poles into sharper points so they can be inserted into the sand more easily.
- Put up and enjoy!
Here are some more photo's of the windbreak in action...
I hope you can also enjoy these last few summer weeks too. Do you have anything you're still desperate to do before the cooler weather starts?