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Dungeness lighthouse, Romney Marsh, ent
Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent
Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent
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Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent
Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent
The Pilot, Dungeness
Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent
Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent

On the south tip of England sits Britain’s only desert.

Dungeness is one of Europe’s largest expanses of shingle, and home to an odd assortment of houses (many of them converted from old rail carriages), two lighthouses, a power station, and a miniature railway. It also happens to be home to The Pilot Inn, which used to be owned by my brother-and-sister-in-law, Niko and Rachel, and is now owned by Rachel’s sister, Sue… so you can guess why Terry and I rocked up there with the rest of the family on Sunday afternoon. It’s worth the trip for the fish n’ chips alone, folks (Or ham and chips, in my case, but I’m reliably informed the fish is amazing too), trust me on this.

Terry and I have visited Dungeness a couple of times now, but it’s one of those places I love going back to, because it has this unique, other-wordly atmosphere about it. The huge shingle beach is dotted with bright yellow flowers and the aforementioned houses (The black and yellow one in the photos was the home of Derek Jarman, and is pretty amazing), and I always think it feels like the place everyone would run to at the end of a zombie movie, as the apocalypse approaches. Um, I’m not really selling this, am I?

Luckily there were no zombies there on Sunday afternoon (Well, not unless you count me and Terry…), just lots of people enjoying a day at the coast, and some massive portions of fish n’ chips. I applied half a box of Bandaid to my blister, which allowed me to have a walk around in the Gold Flats of Death, although, honestly, if the sea had been closer, I might have been tempted to just throw them in.

This skirt, meanwhile,  arrived a couple of days before we left for our trip, and turned out to be the perfect thing to pack, because, as well as being one of those dress-me-up/dress-me-down items, it also didn’t crease AT ALL in my suitcase (the Topshop skirt in my previous post was chosen for exactly the same reason). When I tell you I’m so anal about creased clothing that I have been known to pack the iron for weekends away, you’ll maybe get a small sense of just how much I appreciated that…

Dungeness, Romney Marsh, Kent

♥  Skirt c/o ChicWish  ♥  Dorothy Perkins top  ♥  H&M jacket  (this season’s) ♥ Next flats

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15 Comments
  • Fran
    August 1, 2014

    The denim jacket looks so good on you! I know it’s not really your classic style, but it is very nice and gives you the smallest waist

  • Rosanna
    August 1, 2014

    Love the skirt Amber, it’s fab and Dungeness looks beautiful.
    When I saw the post title I misread it as ‘A day in dungarees’ and I thought maybe your blog had been hacked 🙂

    • Amber
      August 1, 2014

      Haha! If I ever post about a day in dungarees, you’ll know I’ve been kidnapped and am being forced to blog against my will!

  • Tess
    August 1, 2014

    You look absolutely fabulous in this casual outfit! I love everything in this post, your outfit, house, car, dessert, weather…
    You carry off the denim jacket better than H&M model. The skirt looks much more beautiful here than the merchant’s website. Both are out of stock in UK6 anyway…

    • Amber
      August 1, 2014

      Oh, thanks! My jacket is actually a couple of years old now, so although it looks more or less the same as the one I linked to (and is also from H&M), it’s possibly a slightly different cut or something. They always seem to have loads of them in store, though 🙂

  • What Lou Wore 365
    August 1, 2014

    So I totally misread the title in bloglovin as a day in dungarees and thought WHAT??!! Has Amber lost her marbles… Nope just me loosing my eyesight it seems 🙂

    • Amber
      August 1, 2014

      It’s all I see when I look at it now, too – whoops!

  • Myra Boyle
    August 1, 2014

    another must see after your travel post xx

  • CiCi
    August 1, 2014

    Also misread the title as dungarees… is it wrong I got a little bit excited by that idea? Yes. The skirt is cute but dear me that blister looks painful!! Although looks like you might have a Compeed plaster on there – which are the plasters of gods. And if it’s not, totally invest in them – they are the only thing for shoe-created wounds. No I don’t work for Compeed… but I should.

  • Aunt fiona
    August 1, 2014

    Lovely as usual. Your ankle looks sore. When we were in London in November and seemingly my walking shoes were left in Kenya, i was walking around London with sandals as I couldn’t find any shoes to fit me as my ankles were swollen from the flight. The looks I received walking around Oxford street lol. The nice security guards at heathrow took me aside and said what do we have here. Me I don’t know he pulls out my walking shoes that your uncle Jerry had packed for me, he never packs for me. We couldn’t stop laughing as he also pulled out the camera we couldn’t find, yep you know who had packed it lol. Xxx

    • Amber
      August 2, 2014

      Oh no! That sounds like exactly the kind of thing that would happen to us – so funny!

  • Roisin
    August 2, 2014

    Amazing photos! I love it at Dungeness – it’s so eerie there, because the landscape is so weird and the background noise of the power station and the occasional toot from the miniature train just adds to it! I really like how, if you’re not looking at the sea, you really could be in the Arizona desert or something. Nic’s parents live around the coast from Dungeness (they live just outside Folkestone) so looking at these pictures is a bit like home in a way!

    • Amber
      August 2, 2014

      Ah, we were in Folkestone earlier that day: such a nice part of the world!

  • char
    August 22, 2014

    Oh, I love the photos, it looks like such a cute and yet at the same time, creepy place to visit. One day. Love the skirt as well- no creasing is always a winner, even though I’m a freak who LOVES ironing. I have to admit I iron things, then they get crushed into the wardrobes, crease to f**k, and then have to be ironed again when they come out.

    • Amber
      August 22, 2014

      I’m the same, except without the “loving it” bit – I actually hate ironing with a fiery passion, but I hate creased clothes more, so I iron everything (and yes, often have to iron it, put it away, then iron it again before I wear it!)

AD | We’re spending a few days at @highlandheatherlodges in beautiful Perthshire, for what Terry is optimistically referring to as his ‘birthday week’. (I say ‘optimistically’ - we’re only here for three days, and his birthday was yesterday, but don’t stop believing, Terry!)⁣
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There’s a hot tub for us and a playpark for Max, so needless to say, we’re having a fantastic time, and I’m already dreading having to leave. Today’s big question: can I pass as an under-12, so I qualify for a pony ride at the nearby wildlife centre? 🤔 (On second thoughts, don’t answer that one...)⁣
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AD | Time for a quick game of “Where’s Amber?”⁣
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It’s another rainy Monday, so I’m throwing it back to our trip to @universalorlando ‘s amazing Volcano Bay water park last month. I’m a bit of a scaredy when it comes to water flumes, but this park had tons of stuff for pretty much everyone: plenty of rides for me, and an amazing splash pad for Max 👶In fact, I’d still be on The Fearless River right now if I possibly could be. Still, doing the laundry and turning the heating on will be just as good, right? Right?! 🌋 🏊‍♀️ .
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AD | Time for a...

Good news! We took Max to hospital this morning, and saw two different surgeons, who agreed there was no need to go ahead with the surgery as his lip is healing really well on its own 😅  He’ll definitely have a scar, unfortunately, but that would’ve been the case whether he’d had the surgery or not, and if it turns out to be worse than anticipated, we’ll have the option to have it corrected under local anaesthetic when he’s older. ⁣
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I’m still really upset that this happened in the first place, obviously, but so relieved that we don’t have to put him through a general anaesthetic, and just incredibly grateful that it wasn’t anything worse. I know some parents have to deal with much more serious stuff than this, and my heart goes out to you all: it’s been a rough couple of days, and I’m really grateful to everyone who took the time to comment on yesterday’s post - your stories were so comforting when I was panicking yesterday ❤️ ⁣
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(Old photo, obviously: every time Max sees the selfie camera, he thinks it’s going to be one of those filters where you open your mouth and something happens 😂)⁣
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Good news! We took Max...

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve just spent the morning in Accident & Emergency with Max, who fell on the path outside the house and split his lip open 😥 ⁣
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They tried to stitch it up at A&E, but it was totally impossible with him awake, so they’ve booked him in to have it done under general anaesthetic tomorrow ... Max is absolutely fine: the bleeding stopped quickly, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, and is just his normal, happy little self. I, on the other hand, am a complete wreck: the plastic surgeon he saw today reckons if we don’t have it fixed, his lip will be crooked when it heals, but I’m absolutely *terrified* of the thought of my baby having to have a GA. ⁣
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If you’re a long-time follower, you might know that I have a full-blown phobia of general anaesthetic (I literally had an elective c-section in order to eliminate the possibility of an emergency one, which might have had to be done under GA), so I just can’t get my head to accept that it’s safe and he’ll be fine 😥 ⁣
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Positive stories and advice very welcome: I’m just so terrified, I can’t even imagine how to get through the next 24 hours 😥😥😥

Totally unrelated photo, but we’ve...

#throwbackthursday to last week, when I needed a sunhat and SPF 50 to leave the house, rather than the current raincoat and wellies situation. Can you tell the post-holiday blues are still in full swing over here? 🌧 .
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#throwbackthursday to last week, when...

I posted this on Stories over the weekend, but he looked so cute in it I figured it deserved a spot on the grid, too! This is Max all ready for his friend Eleah’s 1st birthday party on Saturday: despite the jetlag and his continuing obsession with doors of all kinds (He had an entire soft play at his disposal, but he mostly just wanted to open and close the gate into it...) he had an absolute ball, and spent the whole drive home shouting, “HAPPY! HAPPY!” Thanks to @thestirlingstyle for a great party 🥳 🎈 🎉 . (Oh, and that’s his hairbrush in his hand - boy likes to look his best 😉)
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