We recently began weekly 'blackboard fun' from our Padstow shop! Outside the shop you'll find a little blackboard and each week we'll be chalking up something different on there, sometimes a joke, sometimes perhaps something else... OK, maybe we're making this up as we go along a little bit! If you want to get involved then simply take a snap of the blackboard and share it to facebook, twitter or instagram using the #PoppyTreffryPadstow. Each week we'll choose a winner at random from those that have used the hashtag and they'll get a little PT treat in the post. You don't even have to come inside the shop if you don't want to, although we really think you should, but we love to see your photo's and we love to know you're there, like a virtual wave! So grab your phone or camera, take a snap and share with us using #poppytreffrypadstow and we hope to see you soon at our Padstow shop or on the world wide web! ;-)
We’ve finally got around to introducing our lovely Padstow shop team, hurray! Turns out they’re all a little camera shy, so we had to use bribery! (Cake, who mentioned cake?! So first of all... Karen, our shop manager describes herself as creative, fun-loving and outdoorsy. She says the best thing about working in the Poppy Treffry shop in Padstow is being surrounded by cheerful and bright textile products and the fabulous location, she even plans to cycle in to work from Wadebridge! When she’s not working in the shop, she can be found in her own sewing workshop making lampshades, spending time exploring the coast, and sitting in dark rooms at the dead of night! (That last one is because she enjoys taking part in paranormal investigations!) Karen drinks her tea the way of the builders, with skimmed milk, no sugar. Next up, Stanya, our shop assistant, who describes herself as creative, kind and cheeky! She loves all the beautiful products, friendly customers with similar interests and the view - did we mention the view?! In her spare time, she enjoys making candles (which we sell in the Poppy Treffry shops), walking and taking photographs of the beautiful Cornish scenery, visiting local cafes and sampling their cakes (well someone has to keep the Cornish economy alive!) Stanya takes her tea with milk, one sugar or sometimes with lemon and honey. And last, but of course by no means least, Sinead, our other lovely shop assistant, who describes herself in three words as creative, funny and a mummy. She loves being in a creative, colourful environment at Poppy Treffry and getting to share her PT knowledge with the lovely customers, oh and she says the view isn’t bad either! When she’s not in the shop, she can be found at home running around after her two boys and crazy Beagle. If she gets two minutes to herself, she likes to get her canvas out and paint. Sinead can also be found sampling lots of delicious foods with her Hubby, who's a Chef, as they are real foodies. If she’s not doing any of that, Sinead can be found snuggled on the sofa reading a good book (and eating cake, shhhh!) Sinead never drinks tea, it’s Coffeeeeee all day, everyday. Strong, milky, one sugar please. We felt it would be rude to leave without sharing that infamous view with you, now you can understand, we're sure, quite why all the girls mentioned it! Hopefully you can come and visit us soon and check out that view for yourself. We're not sharing the cake though, sorry! Find out more about our Padstow shop here. Find out more about the rest of the Poppy Treffry team here.
It would seem we've almost arrived at February half term already, how did we get here?! With a pretty mild winter so far it feels like Spring is just around the corner, yippee! But before we get carried away lets think about some fun things to do during half term, if you find yourselves in Cornwall and at a loose end. Of course anything we tell you about things to do in Cornwall always has to start with a visit to one of our shops, either in Padstow or St Ives. Check out our shop page for full opening hours but we expect to see you for a visit! If you're heading to see us in Padstow then it would be rude not to arrive by bike! The camel trail is a lovely flat cycle path that you can follow all the way from St Breward to Padstow, approx 18 miles, or you can start at Bodmin or Wadebridge for a shorter ride. It's a lovely way to approach Padstow and good fun for all the family, with plenty of bike hire available. (Nice on foot too.) And if you find yourself in Wadebridge for the Camel trail then we also recommend a trip to Strong Adolfo's, big on cakes and fika time, and generally a very lovely place to stop for a cuppa. And if the camel trail feels a bit pedestrian to you (and you decide to drive or catch a ferry over to visit our shop on another day) then try Cardinham Woods where there are various bike trails for different abilities and, because we're all about the cake, a very lovely cafe! When we discussed as a team favourite things to do in Cornwall, hunting for cowrie shells came up quite a few times. No-one was keen to share their secret spots (meanies!) but we can tell you that the south coast seems to be better for discovering these precious treasures and the further into west Cornwall you go the better, which leads neatly onto visiting our shop in St Ives! And just as we strongly insist you arrive by bike to our Padstow shop, so we encourage you to take the train for St Ives. Rightly known as one of the most beautiful railway lines in the country this short journey will mean you avoid any of the (well publicised) parking issues in St Ives and navigating narrow streets and arrive calm, relaxed and having enjoyed stunning cliff top views. Obviously because it's Feb half term we're talking about we can't guarantee blue skies and warmth but it's Cornwall, you always need a coat just in case! Whilst you're in St Ives it's worth checking out whether the St Ives Mermaid will be appearing anywhere. This wonderful, mystical creature can often be found appearing on St Ives beaches, much to the delight of children and adults alike. Who doesn't love a mermaid?! You can find out more about the St Ives Mermaid over on her instagram account. Or you could always make like your own mermaid and enjoy a dip of your own. Those familiar with us here at Team Treffry know that we love a bit of cold water swimming/jumping in, shrieking and getting out! It generally means you've earned the tea and cake! So once you've cycled your bike, eaten some cake, found some shells, swum in the sea then eaten some more cake (phew!) finish your journey at our St Ives shop. Re-opening on the 11th Feb from it's spring cleaning, you'll find the largest selection of our colourful range you could ever hope to find and a warm welcome from our friendly shop team. So there you have it. Let us know if you've got suggestions for things to do during February half term in Cornwall and definitely let us know if you get up to any of the above. And if it rains for the entire week, which is not beyond the realms, then tuck up in a cafe with a view, a good book, entertainment for anyone that's with you and enjoy some Cornish peace!