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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Twilight Picnic

Ahoy there, m'hearties!
We're having a late blast of summer and I have come alive!
I can be found out in the garden doing a systematic and ruthless tidy up and cutting back of anything I found slightly unsightly.  Or I can be found on the beach, picnicking, swimming or just watching the world go by.
And as I have oft said, neither garden nor beach doth a good fashionista post make.
So, prepare yourselves,ladies.  Brace yourselves for this ...

... for this is about as scruffy as I will let you see me!

We decided to have a tea time picnic and swim.  I wore my beige shorts over my brown bathers (swimsuit) and threw over an old Next beaded brown chiffon beach kaftan.  If falls down to my knees, so I ruched it up into my shorts pocket for the trip to the beach.

When I look at these pics, I think that if I'd had the foresight to ruche up around waistband level, I could almost have got away with this as a post-able beach post.  But I didn't.   So it looks messy.  And as I said, I think this is as messy as I'll go for you!

Tell me. is this as scruffy as you can take of me? Do you think you could handle my Garden Scruff?  Believe me, that's a darn-sight scruffier!!!

What about you. ladies?  Do you dress smartly for your beach trips?  Or are you like me, slinging something on at the last minute because you know that all but your bathers are coming off as soon as you hit the beach?

The beach at late tea-time.

The picnic.

I keep my picnics real.  So you see here a pile of seafood and salad bits, some Mediterranean olive bread (yummy), served inelegantly on an Ikea picnic plate and a-top a checkered headscarf.  Real!

The tide was still quite low.

We had the beach almost to ourselves.

We islander's only go swim-crazy at high tide.  So most had gone home, tired of waiting for the tide.

So we waited.

And waited.

And when the tide was about 2 hours off high, the sun was going down and we could wait no longer, we had to take a swim with what we had to hand, being very shallow water and an awful long way out to swimming height.

Do you have big tidal variances where you are?  We have a tidal range of 10 metres (approx. 30 feet) so the difference between low and high tide on a flatish beach can be quite significant.
When we house-swapped with a Danish family a few years ago, that was one of the things they raved about !  It's just something we see as the norm and for us it means that we try to time our swims for high tide, as there is a bit more of a dip on the sandy beach end making it easier to wade out to swimmable height.  On this occasion, I had to wade, and wade, and wade.

As I said, my picnics are real, not blog-posed.  Here, strawberries in an old ice cream container, a glimpse of baby wipes packed to wipe off sandy hands, a can of unhealthy diet coke.  So real, so unstaged!  But the basket is cute, eh?  It was my mum's and it's the old Guernsey style, used to pick tomatoes back in the day.  BITD when we had a tomato exporting industry, which my reader Christy remembers.

So, now that you've survived the Scruffy Pout post, I hope you'll be back for more.  I've got to do a jumpsuit try on next.   My cruise is fast approaching and my cruise case approaching even faster!
Yikes!!! What to pack?!

 A la perchoine.


  1. You don't look like a scruffy Pout, you look very stylish and co-ordinated! I love cream and brown and it's a combo we don't see very often. Sadly we live inland. I cone from Plymouth so I miss the sea. Sigh.

    1. Aw, so sweet Gail, thank you. It's a great outfit to throw on for the beach. TP is from Dartmoor and any beach trip was a good 1hr+ drive, so it impressed him that we're on the beach in a 2-3 minutes journey over here and a 5 minute drive is considered major hassle!

  2. I agree with Gail, not a scruffy outfit to be seen and you look glam rather than scruffy. What are the dates of your cruise and for how long? When going on holiday, my basis is black and white clothing these days and, depending on the mood, one colour that goes with both black and white (applegreen is my favourite but turquoise goes well too). It's so easy now!

    1. Hi Duchesee, thank you for being so kind! B&W is a great tip and oh yes, apple green would look so beautiful with that combo. Haven't got much though :-(. Hugs, x.

  3. I think we can all look fabulous no matter where we are going!! I think this turned out great...and what wonderful views!!

    1. Oh Jodie, so sweet! The camera I used that day always gives a very pale picture, much more lively IRL. Hugs, x.

  4. A beach tea time picnic-how magical! Tide or no tide just the fact that you are near the ocean must be good for the soul. Just curious, what is the temperature of the water-in degrees F? I bet it would be so refreshing -we are having 110 F in AZ today! Thanks for a real post-you look happy and ready for fun!!

    1. Hi Jules, yes the ocean is good for the soul. The water temp is around 17-18c, I think, which means it's beautifully fresh and envigorating on a hot day. Not as hot as 110f though! Thanks for your sweet comment. Hugs, x.

  5. Sounds like the perfect day Mary. Our weather has turned out lovely hasn't it? Looking forward to seeing your cruise snaps xx

    1. Hi Laurie, believe me it was perfect! I am loving this summer weather, I've come alive again, like a desert flower after rain. Cruise snaps shortly! Hugs, x.

  6. Well friend if that's your scruffy I am in BIG trouble! You look chic for your beach day and picnic. And your picnic looks lovely! Where is it that you live? The beach looks so pretty but the sand looks divine. Here in Florida the beaches don't look like that at all, they are flat, the waves are crazy and I absolutely DO NOT swim in it. I merely go out to cool off and then head back under my umbrella. I'm a blast at the beach I tell ya!
    Now I'm all excited for the jumpsuit post!!
    Cheers to scruffy chic!

    1. Ha-ha, Mrs R! I live on an island called Guernsey. The beaches have beautiful sand and safe swimming water. At high tide the waters come alive with swimmers and at low tide there is time to mess around in rock pools catching v. small fish and crabs.
      I am so thankful that our beaches are invigorating. Yes, I remember Daytona beach being long and flat! Glad you manage to cool off in the sea, I'm sure you are a blast under your parasol and great fun to be with! Hugs, x.

  7. As others have said if that's your scruffy then you should see me. You look great as always and I like that you keep it real. That tomato basket is very cute and definitely a nostalgic piece.

    1. I think we're all owning up to our scruffy side 🙌 . Glad you got the nostalgia. X.

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