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Orlando (The Marmalade Cat) A Seaside Holiday by Kathleen Hale

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In the October half-term holiday we took off to Cornwall for a few days of much needed rest & recuperation.  We had no expectations about the weather (well this is England!) we just packed our wellies and braced ourselves for fresh air, exploring new territory and plenty of fish & chips out of the paper.

We found our beautiful Georgian sea-front holiday house through Kid & Coe and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  Our hosts had thought of everything!  When we arrived they greeted us with open arms and whilst they filled us in on all the activities we could do over the days of our stay, the local fisherman turned up – we bought a Dover Sole (caught only hours before).  Then we realised it was late on Sunday and we had no provisions to cook it with so our hosts came round with olive-oil, lemon, potatoes and mange-tout and helped us prepare our welcome feast.  We knew then that this holiday was going to be great.

The house was equipped for everything and whilst I had bought a stack of books for the kids it was far more exciting rummaging through the books in the sea-trunks in the bedrooms.  With her impressive eye for detail, our host Antonia had filled the trunks with classic stories of the sea.  Our children plunged right into them.

We have an Orlando book at home but this story of ‘The Seaside Holiday‘ was new to me too.  Whilst the book has a taste of the ’50s (when it was written) the book still feels fresh and the characters even more so.  In this story Orlando and his family (I adore his fabulous wife, Grace!) take up the offer to go to the Seaside with Vulcan the cart-horse and his wife and foal.  It is a story of friendship, conflict, heroes and bad-guys turned good.  The story is a little crazy and jumps between adventures but everything comes together by the end and you are left quite satisfied by the journey.

A great book to read snuggled on a sofa looking at a sea-view (if you can!).

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You can buy this book on Amazon UK here or in the US here.


Comments (5)

Esther in Amsterdam
January 5, 2016

What a fabulous hosts!! It sounds like the perfect break. Such pretty photos, and the book sounds like a lovely journey as well 😉 xxx

January 5, 2016

It was really lovely!!!! I’m already thinking when we could go back – too many places to see.

January 5, 2016

That book looks fantastic! Glad you had a great stay down in Charlestown – it’s one of my favourites.

Sarah Miller
January 7, 2016

Hi, which Kid & Coe property did you rent? Thanks!

January 12, 2016

Hi Sarah – sorry for the slow response, your comment ended up in my junk mail. We rented the Quay Side Villa (I think that’s the right name) in Cornwall. It was wonderful.

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