Happy 1st September to you! Pinch and a punch first of the month. Over on Fishee designs blog, you may have been used to my Monday Musings which gave me a place to share with you, what I have been up to over the weekend and an update on life in general. I decided with the change of the blog it was time to give it a refresh and a title which was more apt, and more me, so welcome to mermaid tales. The principle is essentially the same it just has a new name. If you follow me on Instagram and had a cheeky read of my Things I Love Thursday, you will have seen I was away camping last week with my little family in Bridport. We have had a lovely time away and I definitely needed the holiday, as always after a little break i am feeling inspired and looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow. Although I wish I could stay by the coast forever, it really will always feel like home to me. We have been pretty lucky with the weather considering the forecast and have been able to get out everyday and explore the local towns without too much rain. We have been to Weymouth, Portland Bay, Lyme Regis, Seaton, Swanage, Christchurch, Beer, Upwey and driven through lots of beautifully quaint English villages along the way. My highlights have been walking the 2.5miles from our tent, across the coastal path on the only day of blue skies (nope didn’t moan a bit going up those incredibly steep cliff paths getting hot and sweaty at all!) to sit in the gorgeous sunshine, drinking cider and eating lovely food, at the Anchor Inn in Seatown. Then walking back along the (seemingly never ending) rocky coast and swimming in the sea in all my clothes with Logan while Brad and Puggy sat and watched. On a random detour back from a day out in Dorchester, we discovered a lovely art gallery in Upwey where I fell in love with the shell necklaces by Cath Coffin. On my birthday we drove over the rolling hills with a sea view and through the villages to try and find it again because Brad wanted to treat me to a beautiful handcrafted silver clam shell necklace as my gift. I truly love it and it’s the first piece of jewellery he has bought me (in five years..! Shocking I know.. ) so I will treasure it forever, it’s so special to me. My favourite place we have been is walking around Lyme Regis whilst the Folk Festival was on. It’s the St Ives of Dorset with quaint lanes, fisherman’s cottages and cute shops and bakeries. I bought myself a beautiful blue opalite ring in the Coombe Street Gallery with the money mum gave me for my birthday. I love opals and although it is synthetic, I have been looking for one in my finger size for ages and it seemed like the perfect time to treat myself when I saw it glittering in the window. I can’t believe how much attention Logan has received this week, everywhere we have been people have been stopping us to ask what breed he is and congratulating us on such a beautiful dog, he’s been the star of the show, poor Puggy has been out shone. Plus, since we picked up an anti pull harness in Swanage from a very helpful local pet shop, the stress of walking with him has been completely eliminated and I feel like we have bonded again, I’m looking forward to being able to take both Puggy and Logan out for autumn walks when we get back. We have indulged in so much food and consumed a fair few pints of ale and cider this week and are both feeling pretty satisfied but we are looking forward to getting back on the healthy eating plan. To be fair we have walked so many miles this week that I hope it hasn’t had too bigger impact on the scales, but if you can’t indulge on holiday when can you! Back to work tomorrow!