i left a little of myself by the shore

I get so much pleasure from being surrounded by mountains and stunning countryside but having lived for most of my life by the sea, I have to say that it’s something I miss. Luckily we have several river swimming holes like this one close by and throughout the summer Mr Tread Softly and I have spent many early weekend evenings cooling off in their clear waters.


On Friday I was missing England. It happens sometimes and it’s fine but it’s all part of living in a new country.  I was feeling particularly nostalgic so I got to work making a cushion using a manipulated photo of Rustington beach huts taken by my friend Gesine. She swims in the sea each day from May to October usually and often takes photos and forwards them to me.



The embroidered text reads: I left a little of myself by the shore.

I’d only just finished it and had sat it down in the shop when a friend dropped by the studio saying that she had a gift for me. She’s lived here for about 30 years but comes from the south coast of England like me. She visited it last year and had taken a photo of the river at Littlehampton which is where we had our last home and had arranged to have it printed onto wrapped canvas.  Of course, it made me cry. Such a sweet thought. She wants me to hang it in the studio and so here it will stay.


She told me that she took it on the day that it almost snowed. Each time I look at it I think of my friends and family who are all wrapped up in their towns along the coast and hope that they know that I am sending love from my home to theirs.

Until next time…

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  1. oh so special this is …happy memories using creativity..ELK

  2. Lovely posting Alison, xx

  3. Lovely post. Your blog is no longer updating on my book marks however did at the beginning of your change over. Probably my flipping pc!

    Is Gesine your friend a mum to a little girl called Elodie?

    Love Emma xxxxx

    Please read comment on previous post that I have just added too!

  4. anna r

     /  March 3, 2009

    Beautiful pillow.

  5. Mike

     /  March 4, 2009

    First blog I read after wakeup from sleep today!

    Are you tension? panic?

  6. Margaret Cocker

     /  March 7, 2009

    Lovely to see the opening it looked very impressive. I thought the cushion looks beautiful. You are clever. Very best wishes Love M

  7. Gesine

     /  March 7, 2009

    What a lovely studio, something you can be proud of. It’s nice to see that the Rustington beach huts are on display in Carterton on your cushion. They seem to come to some fame. I have to start hunting for more shots and post them to NZ. Love Gesine

  8. The river is so beautiful and serene looking. I love your little pillow; and what a touching, and creative, gesture by a friend. 🙂

    I’m missing England these days, too, and I’ve never even been there. My daughter lives there, so I get to see her so seldom.

  9. love the cushions! absolutely glorious.

  10. Hello! I had no idea you were from around here 😉 Greetings from the sunny south coast at worthing.
    The beach huts photo is very cute.

  11. Hi, I just found your blog. I too have been missing England a lot lately. Buy yourself a lovely English based novel, tune into an English internet radio station, make a cup of tea and you’ll fell a bit better! Beautiful little cushion, by the way!

  12. Alison – all looks very beautiful as usual. I really can’t wait to visit your studio on our next journey through the Wairarapa but not sure when that will be. I missed your last few posts as I kept looking on your typepad blog – what a dummie! Gorgeous cushion by the way.

  13. Sorry – mean’t – wordpress

  14. MARISA

     /  March 24, 2009

    I know what its like to be away from home i am orginaly from New Zealand and now live in Ireland (24 Years now!) i have my moments, what i really miss is my family, although they are only a phone call away and in the case of my sister, a text away. Although Ireland is my home and i just wouldn’t live anywhere else, i still call New Zealand home, don’t know why. Love your shop, and i especially love your pillows.

  15. What a great cushion and such a lovely blog you have. x

  16. Ellie

     /  March 29, 2009

    Lovely lovely post, my dear Grandma& Grandad lived in Rustington for many many years, my sister & I were packed off there every summer for a week or 2. Many happy memories of the stony beaches, swimming in the sea & the walk to Littlehampton to Billy Smarts fun fair!!
    Happy Days….

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