leisure suit

Went to London recently for my bro’s wedding (hello P, my sole reader!), and I was excited to see all the people in the park in their funky leggings and cool running gear. But only a few of them were actually doing any exercise.

I also found myself checking out girls (not like that) in exercise gear walking down the street and wondering where the nearest gym was, then? And how cool, loads of my kind of people who like to train! (It’s only the ‘I bench loads’ boys where I live; only one girl trains.)

I began to think that everyone in London must be on a fitness trip! But as the weekend wore on, I became a bit suspicious – girls in the shopping centre, Sainsbury’s, in Costa etc., with no trace of sweat and wearing full makeup. Hmm, I think ‘leisurewear’ is back in!

Nowt wrong with lots of amazing leggings being made and worn…but some of these chicks shouldn’t have been wearing them as fashion – girlfriend, you need to take those legs to the GYM! And for the ones who are skinny without doing any exercise…well, I was going to say ‘no fair’, but actually I really don’t like the gaunt waif look. At all.

I see this kind of gear as a reward for sweating copiously when I’d rather be in bed with my book. I buy it from howies or on rare trips to the city. It’s a treat. It helps me feel like an athlete. And I’d feel weird putting it on and wearing it all day as an actual outfit.

It also explains why, despite signing up for a few things like Fabletics, I really don’t much like a lot of their stuff. I am not sure now that it’s designed (looks-wise) with my intentions (sweat, sand, spit, snot, mud, sheep shit, blood) in mind.

This morning my vest was on inside out for half my workout before I noticed. Don’t think the seagulls minded.

When I found this via Facebook it clicked:

ACTIVEWEARA video for girls who wear activewear, to do not-active things.#activewearBeat Produced by EightySeven

Posted by Skit Box on Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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SUPI have a new toy.

I always swore I would not get one of these ugly, dangerous-in-the-waves, silly-looking hipster old-fart craft. However, I am quite old now, and I never cared about looking silly (anyone who does will not learn to surf).

I’m not a kayak person, but I wanted to go further than I can paddle my fish, and take stuff with me (or more to the point, bring it back). I also wanted something surf-like to do on flat days. Then I saw Yoga Girl (Rachel Brathen) doing yoga on one and that tipped it for me.

Mine is inflatable, because the solid ones are frankly a ridiculous price. I’ve been on it three times and fallen off A Lot. My legs and stomach burn, which is a good, good thing. YouTube saved me from the poo-man stance but otherwise I haven’t really got a clue. But it is so peaceful out there with just a paddle to work. Wish I had more time on the water – soon, soon. I might even surf it sometime.

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a heart in stone

pebble pendant

A heart in stone

After two weeks of crap weather and no market stall for me, I have had a chance to drill lots more pieces and make some more silver charms/Carreg Bica pendants. (They’re not on Etsy yet, so contact me if you want one.)

I have started playing with drilling hearts into pebbles, and they drill easier than glass, so it’s fun and satisfying.

I did well on the stall yesterday and loved having girls come up and choose their favourite piece of seaglass to pair with a special charm. I remember going to New Quay’s Shell Shop was always the height of my summer holiday, and I bought everything from mood rings to shell bracelets to little tortoises modelled out of cowrie shells. So I love helping girls spend their precious holiday money on something they really love, and tend to do myself out of a profit sometimes so they can get what they want! I remember the pain of having just not quite enough money for something really pretty…



pink seahorseHere’s one little girl who looked so pretty in her seahorse pendant I asked her dad if I could take a photo. I made this one specially for her, but I think I’ll need to make a few more as I love the way this silk cord from Kernowcraft looks.

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kefir day 6

Feeling pretty healthy, probably mostly due to no alcohol though! And eating really well – superfood bread this morning with 1/2 avocado and 2 boiled eggs.

Have to say that I have a bit of the runs today, as we were warned about by Shann at Chuckling Goat…otherwise I haven’t noticed any differences. But I’ve been reading about all the vitamins and minerals that I’m getting so I feel quite smug!

My auntie used to tell us when we were little about the little men who lived in our stomachs. They all have shovels and are busy moving the food to where it needs to go all day. Some things are really hard to move – rubbish foods like crisps and chocolate (or eating too much) slow them right down and that’s why you get a tummy ache or feel tired. This explanation seemed to make perfect sense to me and I believed in those little men until I was in high school and learned a bit more about biology! So the idea of ‘the Whos in Whosville‘ that Shann uses to explain the microbiome in the gut just makes even more sense. Instead of ‘raining death’ down on my little men (and women) with shit like booze and processed carbs, I’m going to try very hard to give them things that make them leap for joy, like avocados, oats and the gorgeous local heather honey I got last week (not with the kefir, of course, as they cancel each other out).

It also makes me wonder what would be the best food for puppydogs, as I often thought about a homemade diet for my girl, but was too scared to change her diet too much when she was old. Fish, meat, carrots, grains, a bit of oil, glucosamine. Not that there will be another one anytime soon.

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kefir diary

I went to the Chuckling Goat open day on Saturday to see the farm and goats and to get some more of their lovely soap. I ended up buying a lot more than that!

Since my little Furtle went I have been feeling awful in every way, so maybe the kefir sounded like a miracle cure to me. But everything that Shann said made sense, and I hope that my skin will be better, my energy and mood improved, and that it’ll help my asthma, constant thrush and recurring hives (I’m a treat!).

It was fascinating to see the grains (more like pale scrambled egg) that is the live culture, and I quite like the taste of it fermented in goat’s milk. I’m drinking a third of a pint every morning. Mum is too – she’s had some adverse reactions, but so far I haven’t. But then, I do eat clean most of the time (just need to cut out the beer – the  less sugar the better with this).

I did wonder how getting up and glugging it at 6.30am then doing an hour’s (hard) training would work, but apart from a little burping in the cardio section it seems to be okay!

So no crisps, white potatoes (except the odd new potato), chips, refined sugar in anything, processed carbs like white pasta and rice, no beer/cider (I have had a couple of G&Ts though!) and generally trying to eat greens, good fats and grains. I’m doing okay so far but the weekend is always a toughie…and the chip bucket at work, especially when I am exhausted.

Basically I am trying to stick to my routine to get through a difficult time, and hope that this will give me an extra boost. If I think it’s worked, I’ll probably do a couple of courses a year, or even start making it (but they do say that’s really tough).

What a wonderful place to have just up the road…I wonder if they need a writer…or anything else.

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beach time

green ankletI wish I had more time to spend on the beach! I do most of my training programme on there at the moment, and walk the dog, but oh for a few days sunbathing, swimming and reading good books.

The market is still going well, and people who have booked some time for all of the above are turning up in increasing numbers.

One family who bought lots of stuff last year came again and bought more! I had a request for an anklet which I was happy to make up, then I decided to make more for the stall. I love anklets! The above is the custom ordered one, a green bead charm and mermaid, and below is a silver anchor, light blue seaglass and silver chain, £10. See it on Etsy.

blue anklet

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what a colour

green blue seaglassThis is a really unusual colour – I don’t think I’ve ever seen this kind of deep green-blue before. It’s paired with a simple silver anchor and silver 16″ chain. I love it…it might not make it onto the stall!


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long and swingy

long necklaces with shells seaglass potteryI had forgotten I bought some long chains – had fun yesterday in a quiet spot at the Llangrannog Local Producers Market making these. Left is sea pottery and green seaglass, right is a shell fragment with a mermaid resting on it.

Thanks to the lovely Kerry from Beachcomber Jewellery for the gift boxes!

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making beautiful things


I made this! My first ring ever and I know there will be many, many more (when I can afford the tools!). This is a simple silver band with the co-ordinates of my favourite beach on it. I couldn’t believe (still can’t) that I made it myself, but anyone could do it with the right tools and such good instruction.


I went to a wonderful workshop taught by Rose Wood in her gorgeous little workshop in Drefach Felindre (I have serious craft space envy). The workshops are £35 and the silver I used cost only £7.20. I learned so, so much, way more than just how to make a ring, and her attention to every little detail of the day and her work is amazing. She is also doing earring and pendant workshops this summer.



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Thanks bro for the birthday present! I was simply in heaven from start to finish.

a week off

Beach camp

Beach camp

I’ve had a week off the office job, and I’m using the time to finish the corrections on my PhD thesis, but it’s also time to have some fun! I’ve missed being in the sea, a lot, so I decided to have a beach day even though it’s not really quite warm enough. However, with some planning it’s do-able, especially as I live so close to the beach.

I put on some warm and comfy gear, including my new t-shirt and jacket from Australian surf brand ‘Afends‘. Loving this stuff! I haven’t owned a denim jacket since the 80s, and with jeans, crazy pattern t-shirt and my beach bag, I fluffed up my hair and felt like a teenager again! If you like their gear, you can get a 20% discount with the code BLOG20!

I took myself, my books (Aussie too) and my dog over to Cilborth beach, built a little fire and pretended it’s summer already. No surf here just yet, but I have hopes for the rest of the weekend…

cilborth beach

Cilborth sunshine


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