Feb 272014

camber sands dogs

Last week I mentioned that during half term we took a trip to Camber Sands. We parcelled up kids, dogs, my friend and extra dog and off we went. All 9 of us. It was a good ratio though, one adult and dog per child. We wrapped up warm but needed our sunnies, it was a gorgeous winter afternoon and the sea was beautiful.

shells 3

The kids collected a LOT of seashells and we had a shell show, with most of my trays and plates being adorned with shells: clams, oysters, mussels and others I had to google and now forget.

That was a week ago. Time flies out the door. Alas, the smell of the sea does not.

camber sands

Over the last couple of days there has been a peculiar odour in the downstairs loo, a kind of wee smell that I was (wrongly) blaming on my son who needs a little coaching in his aim. I tell him it’s a bit like driving, your hands will follow your head and so when aiming at the bowl you have to look at it too otherwise the spray will follow. Half an hour with the dettol wipes and a good dollop of bleach would, I thought, do the trick. But the smell remained, as did all the bloody seashells. It was then I realised it wasn’t the smell of the wee but the smell of the sea; not a lot between them in a confined space. Who knew?


So today the shells have been relocated to an airier spot (i.e. the back garden). I am unsure where to put them lest my raised bed turns into a shell grotto, so for now I will lovingly shove them behind the privet and *may* accidentally smash them to smithereens with my hefty spade during my springtime bout of gardening. Google suggest seashells in your garden ‘create natural interest’. Such as ‘how the hell did they get there?’ I suppose. Another suggestion is to make a wind chime out of them. I hate bloody wind-chimes. The ethnic version of chinese water torture. Plinging away when you’re trying to get some peace and nearly having your eye out if you’re not careful.

I’m sure Pinterest will have a myriad of suggestions as to what I can do with them, but for now the privet hedge beckons closely followed by the green wheelie bin.


  11 Responses to “She Smells Wee Smells on the Loo Floor”

  1. Ha ha! I remember once leaving a beloved seashore find on the window of a holiday cottage when we left for home… It was a dead eel. Wonder what that smelled like when they eventually found it?! Feel your pain with the aim – 5yo son’s latest trick is to “forget” to flush (!?) and still, occasionally, to forget to go at all, resulting in puddles that didn’t quite make it into the bowl in time…aaaggghhh!!! Am ashamed to admit I have resorted to telling him a 2yo could do better… *hangs head*
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  2. Our numerous sea shell collections get redistributed around the garden until they eventually blend right in! I did have a go at making a beach scene with plaster and paints with my daughter once that worked quite well though-my token gesture at making something with them. Aren’t privet hedges handy for storing things-mine currently hide various stones, conkers (yes, they’re still there), sticks, pine cones etc etc. Lovely post, made me smile thank you :)
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  3. It would have taken me AGES to deduce it was the shells as I live with four males, so would have blamed the smell on all of them in turn before I found the real culprit, no doubt. I’m with you on the wind chimes, my friend ;) Great post #PoCoLo x
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  4. This made me smile :) There ain’t no getting away from the odour of urine! Our downstairs loo permanently smells but that, alas, is definitely the result of a poor aim….whether it’s my son or my husband, the jury is still out!
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  5. Tee hee! I’m now imagining wind chimes smelling of wee – go on, you know you want to make some… #pocolo
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  6. Hehe – this made me laugh. It would have taken me months to realise it was the shells; my poor son would have been getting a right mouthful! #PoCoLo
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  7. Looks like a fab trip out….
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  8. Love your shots, esp the colours (dare I say the orange hues go with your kids hair complemented by the blue of the sea?) See, its a gorgeous colour hair. And as for shells in the garden – don’t hide them in the privet! Your kids will probably spend hours burying them or arranging them in various places just at the time when you need to get on with that spring gardening. You wait and see….
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  9. oops, meant to say i was dropping by via #PoCoLo in that comment….
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  10. Lovely photos! :) and I love a 1:1 adult child ratio, it’s the best kind! #pocolo
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  11. Hahaha! I don’t think I would have deduced that it was the shells and probably blamed our cats! Lovely photos. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x
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