About Us

Faded Seaside Mama postcard

We are us

My name is Sally and I’m mum to two beautiful (yet sometimes infuriating) girls.  Bear is 2 and Bunny is 4.  We live in a small coastal area in the South East of England.  We err on the “knit your own yoghurt” side of life – cloth nappies, extended breastfeeding, babywearing, chemical-free and some organic living.

I used to work in London at an amazing firm of Landscape Architects and Urban Designers, but after the birth of Bear, decided not to return and dedicated the next year to being a full time mum with some “work-lite” thrown in for good measure: running a nappy and sling library with some friends, training and practising as a breastfeeding peer supporter, helping out my 92 year old deaf and blind great uncle, and even a summer as a change-over assistant for my parents’ holiday let.  But these “jobs” mostly included my children so didn’t feel too much like work!

Earlier this year, I took a job in a school, working weekday mornings and this is giving me some new skills while I consider what to do next. The world is still my oyster!

As my blog will highlight, I am passionate about regeneration and am an active member of my local community through our town team. I hope that I can be instrumental in making changes that will create a legacy that makes my children and their peers proud to grow up here, rather than the shame I felt living in this much derided area.  It has so much to be proud of, yet high unemployment rates, and being a faded seaside town that lost its identity in the world of mass tourism saw its decline.

I use this blog to record our memories and the stories behind the many photographs we take as we go through life having adventures and fun. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

15 Responses

  1. homemum
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    Hello. So glad you are following my blog. I enjoyed haven’t a look though your blog. Wishing you a very happy new year. Homemum

  2. homemum
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    Oops – I meant to say. I enjoyed having a look through your blog.

    1. mummysallygg
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      Thanks! As you can see, I’m just starting out so am finding my feet still! But it’s reading blogs like yours that make me want to do this!
      I love some of your craft posts and will be attempting some of them myself in the future I hope, although I’m not convinced my results will look so good!
      Thanks for commenting!

  3. daisytheclothbummum
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    Hi! Just had a read and love your blog! Thank you for the great comments on mine! Best of luck with the nappy library – I’m currently setting ours up too!

  4. mummysallygg
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    Thanks Daisy! I love that I found your blog too! Good luck to you too – it’s a slow burner at the moment, but we have new people come each week so I guess word is spreading. Although it’s the sling library that seems to be most popular at the moment!

  5. joehoover
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    Thanks for the follow, I’m originally from Eastbourne. I think a lot of towns suffer these problems, parts of Eastbourne have improved and others have deteriorated since I left. People need to be proud of whee they live, it even starts from not throwing your crisp packed on the floor

    1. mummysallygg
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      You’re so right! It’s a lack of respect for where we live that plays such a big part in the problems. I know, I was guilty of it too as a teenager. But having moved away, I’ve realised there really is no place like home and that it is better to work with the problems than against them, or just walk away altogether. Nowhere is perfect, every town, city or village has its issues, but that doesn’t mean we should turn our backs on them and just give up. We have to keep trying. It’s a never-ending job as complacency will destroy any hard work invested. But it is satisfying to be a part of change and to see improvements and people enjoying them.
      Thanks for the follow back. I’m enjoying discovering new blogs and yours struck a chord in the early hours of this morning having lived in London!

  6. Mark Richards (@BestDadICanBe)
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    Live in Scarborough so know what you mean about the English seaside. Have written a couple of reports for the local council (via the day job) on tourism, and gosh it’s hard work making progress (especially with the traditional hospitality providers!)
    Good luck with the blog – and I know what you mean about two or three. We hesitated for ages over number three, but eventually went for it & he’s an angel. Well, not sure you can call a 14 year old boy an angel…

  7. Emma
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    Hi Sally! Your wee girls are gorgeous and I love your blog too. I’m looking forward to following it and thanks for the twitter follow! Emma x

    1. mummysallygg
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      Aw, thanks! Looking forward to getting to kno0w you too! x

  8. amummysview
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    Hey lovely. I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award because frankly you are a Super Sweet Blogger! http://amummysview.com/2013/04/21/super-sweet-blogger-award/

  9. monk-monk
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  10. Lou Gibbens
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    I just found you through the Living Arrows photography project and, on reading your About page realised we’re pretty local to one another, too. I’m nr Canterbury, also worked in London pre kids, also err on the side of granola. But I have two boys :) lovely to find your blog xx

  11. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)
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    I think that I have been able to go back and forth in your blog when you join linky’s that I also join and yet this is when I really get to know you. Hi! Nice to meet you and I am looking forward to reading more about you in future post =) #pocolo

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