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I can’t believe it’s been a week since I posted anything. This week has disappeared in a haze of endo pains & migraines & Pip’s sleep problems since I returned from an hen party weekend in Rye.

We stayed in an amazing 1930s wooden bungalow next to Camber Sands and near to Rye which I really liked – I’m plotting a return trip already. The whole place had sanded and painted wooden floors with white walls, comfy beds with white linen and towels. I am a real linen and towel snob in holiday cottages (quite often I find my cottages by searching ‘white company’ and then the location of the cottage – as that seems to be an indication that the owner cares about the decor) and this place may not have specified as such but they did deliver. Except on wine glasses. Take your own wine glasses!


^^ This was one of the bathrooms – the wall was covered with mirrors and it had a great bath. Sadly I didn’t get to try it out (sticking to the shower in the other bathroom for ease) but when we come back (I’m working on it) I will be bringing bubble bath.


^^ My friend (the hen) and I did yoga on this deck both mornings which was an amazing treat. I returned with great plans and so far, despite the hecticness of this week I have managed to do a brief 15 minutes of yoga every night. The deck was also a sun trap and had newly covered, more tasteful, deckchairs, which made an excellent place to sip champagne and marvel at how good being on your own feels, sometimes…



^^ We actually dragged the other table in from outside as well as this one (they were identical) as 10 round this table felt a little, shall we say, intimate, but we put the 6 teachers in our party to good use decorating the blackboard and then using it to help solve the murder mystery. We also all collectively cooked an amazing curry on the Saturday night, all doing different tasks.


^^We had a 1940s murder mystery dinner on the Saturday evening and a vintage hair and makeup artist came to help us. I asked for a style which looked like Calypso from The Camomile Lawn and this is what I ended up with. Not perfect, but I loved it.

^^ I bought these reproduction vintage 1/2 pint school milk bottles in a shop in Rye on the Saturday afternoon and then filled them with flowers I found in the hedgerow outside the cottage as a table decoration.


^^ I was also thrilled to remember that Rye is home to Merchant & Mills which is one of my absolute favourite sewing places. I bought some lovely fabric to make cushion covers for our sitting room.


^^ Rye is just the most darling town. This was a house on one of the streets. I can’t wait to go back!

I might write more about Pip’s sleeping – in the meantime I need to get some patience to try and deal better with her (a) refusal to go to bed, and (b) subsequent refusal to stay in it. Bedtime is now taking up to 10pm before she’s asleep. That’s hell anyway, but add enormously busy jobs and a week long bout of migraine/endo pain and suddenly tonight’s anniversary dinner can’t come quick enough…

Happy weekend!

PS. We may not have sleep cracked at the moment but back when Pip was sleeping in a cot last summer and still using a sleeping bag, these were the best thing I found for heat wave sleeping. The aden + anais Muslin Sleeping Bag is wonderful and I absolutely love this bee one.



  1. laura redburn June 13, 2014 / 6:31 pm

    ooh, i’ve never been to rye, but so many people gush over it, and it looks so lovely so i’d love to one day. hope the sleeping problems improve!

  2. Polly Davies June 13, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    hope the sleep improves! it really is a killer isn’t it?1

  3. Laura June 14, 2014 / 9:37 am

    Oh wow what a stylish weekend to Rye – I love the simple and chic interior of the bungalow and can see why you would want to go back – lovely

    Laura x

  4. abigail June 14, 2014 / 9:43 am

    What a beautiful cottage! Sounds like a perfect hen do, and well done for keeping up with the yoga!

  5. fritha June 16, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    that place looks amazing! I remember you recommended me that sleeping bag last year and it was a life saver! I don’t think we could use one now as Wilf is in his own bed but so useful for littler kids! x

  6. Jess @ Along Came Cherry June 17, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend, I’ve never been to Rye. There are so many places I want to visit. The sleeping bag looks fab too, it’s been so hot this week so we’ve been putting Tiger to bed without one x

  7. Lori June 18, 2014 / 7:31 pm

    Sounds like you went to a fab hen weekend, yoga and a murder mystery sounds perfect! x

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