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New designs for Spring

Here at the Port and Lemon HQ we’ve been busy designing lots of new greeting cards ready to launch at the Progressive greetings Live trade show in London.
With only 12 days to go we are in a frenzy of painting, editing and gathering in preparation for our trip to the city. We’ve tried to get a little bit more “urban” in our subject matter, including a couple of new designs that are aimed at Londoners. Its a totally new avenue for us seaside dwelling creatives but one we are keen to show, proving we are not just water enthusiasts but we can do “land” too!
Inspiration comes from all over the place with new “art” themes as well as the usual wild life with a twist.
This year we have welcomed into the fold a new designer, Christian Dakin Brown. We will be exhibiting her range of Christmas cards as well as various other beautiful designs inspired by nature and produced in her stunning individual style.
So hopefully the sun will keep shinning on us and the buyers will place HUGE orders and we can retire to our luxury yacht to sip G&T’s on the sun deck…

Progressive greetings Live is on from the 6-7 June 2017 at The Business Design Centre, London N1 0QH

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Ten Secret Santa Gifts under £10

Struggling to find gives for your Secret Santa present?  Here at Port and Lemon we love a bit of shopping and we’ve founds some fabulous little gift ideas you could give to your friends, loved ones, work colleagues and teachers.  Here is our list of Ten Christmas Gifts under £10.

  1. 1.  Hole in my Pocket ‘No Work Today’ mug £9.75

High quality bone china mug featuring a humorous black and white illustration of Bean Man. Wouldn’t you love to say ‘No work Today. As it’s such a nice day, I’ve decided to go out and play’ The mug is printed and hand finished in the UK and has a Hole in My Pocket Stamp on the bottom.

2.  Port and Lemon Any Port in a Storm tea towel £9.00

Hand printed in Cornwall, this 100% cotton tea towel features Port and Lemon’s Any Port in a Storm design.  Bold graphic style in blue and white and perfect for any old sailors or someone who likes a tipple!

3.  Frank’s Mint and Parsley Dog Treats £3.00

By Fetch and Follow, these Minty Fresh Kisses dog treats are hand made in small batches using only the best human grade ingredients.  Great gift idea for dog owners.

4.  Montezuma’s Ginger and Orange Drinking Chocolate Tub £6.99

Single Portion solid chocolate discs with wonderfully warming Orange and Ginger, great for those cosy winter nights.  What a great idea, just the right amount of chocolate to make a delicious drink to warm your cockles!

5.  Port and Lemon ‘Boat Scrubber’ hand crafted soap £4.50

This fun soap contains the freshness of the sea with a fabulous blue wave trapped inside, perfect for the removal of tide marks.  Great for sailors, scrubbers of boats, or anyone needing a bit of a freshen up!  All wrapped up in our quirky designed packaging.

6.  RNLI Address and Birthdays Book £6.00

From our specially commissioned range of Port and Lemon products, the Address and Birthdays book has a wire binding which folds flat for writing, features A-Z address pages, indexed stepped dividers, Jan- Dec birthday/anniversary pages and has a hard wearing printed cover with elastic closure.  Great value product with proceeds going to a great cause.

7.  Ohh Deer ‘Colour Me Ginger’ colouring book £7.50

Have you ever dreamed of colouring a book full of magical red heads?!  Look no further, colour in these celebrities in whichever way you desire.  Featuring Rupert Grint, Ed Sheeran, Prince Harry and many more.

8.  Port and Lemon Salty Old Sea Dog Lens Cloth £6.00

This microfibre cleaning cloth removes dust, finger print and grease particles without chemicals for a smear free shine. Perfect for glasses, screens, phones, cameras, cds and other delicate surfaces.  It features our Salty Sea Dog and makes a great gift idea.  A practical gift for posting to loved ones anywhere.

9.  Alison Gardiner ‘Great British Tea’ £5.95

Great British Tea is a classic English blend with excellent strength and a full rich flavour. It has been blended from teas which are from the best estates in Assam, Sri Lanka and Africa. You can enjoy it with milk or sugar (or without!) at any time of day, making it refreshing and delicious to drink.

10.  Jin Designs Set of 2 Penguin Coasters £10

An adorable coaster set featuring Penguin from the Winter Collection by Jin Designs.  This endearing illustration is the perfect companion for your drinks through the festive season.  Made in Britain.

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New 2016 Port and Lemon Range for the RNLI

magnetic list pad

Fish and ships apron

All hands on deck tea towelCrew provisions Juco shopperSplice of life address bookNapkins

The new Port and Lemon range for the RNLI has now been launched on their web site www.rnlishop.org.uk

There are 7 new products in the range which include a new galley apron with an update of our famous Fish and Ships image, a hand magnetic Crew Provisions list pad, perfect for sticking to your fridge so you never loose track of your shopping list, a great heavy duty jute shopping bag which also features our Crew Provisions design (complete with cheeky ships cat), a new tea towel featuring a crew of quirky seagulls in our All Hands on Deck design.  Get organised with this  Address and Birthdays Book with our Splice of Life design and a fab new bone china mug with a Down the Hatch image. The range has a strong Port and Lemon look with bold graphic images and our trade mark blue, but we’ve added a few more colours so it’s unmistakably RNLI!

We are also still supplying them with our very popular “Choppy Today” kitchen board.

The products should also soon be available through many of the RNLI shops which are dotted all around our shores so keep your eyes peeled when you are next passing one and have a look at our designs, all the proceeds going to a brilliant cause.

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Set your sails for a bumper summer!

 

It’s not all Brexit doom and gloom, here at Port and lemon HQ we are very busy with customer orders from far and wide.

It seems the press are predicting a “staycation boom” and that our British tourist industry will have a “bumper summer” with the pound so low against the Euro we are choosing not to go abroad, but keep our Sterling at home so good news for us!

A 10% drop in the value of the pound against the euro means that a holiday in a eurozone country will cost a family of four £245 more now than it would have done before Britain voted to leave the EU.

At the same time, the fall in the value of the pound has led to a surge in interest from overseas tourists. Search engine Cheapflights said that in the few days after the referendum, flight searches to the UK from the US doubled, with increases of 61% from China, 49% from Canada and 31% from Europe.

We think this all adds up to a busy summer supplying all our stockist  and as I write this we are in the midst or putting together a big tea towel order for one of our Southwold customers, it seems they cant get enough of our “Salty sea dog” and “Hello sailor” in Suffolk!

The RNLI have launched our new Port and lemon range on their web site and hopefully it will soon be in their shops around our British coast.

Have a great summer, see you on the beach!

 

 

 

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The First Sail of the Year!

first sailing day of the year

(When you find out all the jobs you need to do on your boat!)

Summer is coming and the weather felt kind enough for us to have our first cruise out into the Solent on our little 30 ft yacht Sancerre.

Last year was a bit of a disaster with so many things that needed sorting on the boat, we ended up with new sails when the original 1960s ones shredded after they were cleaned and dried out too well over the previous winter. Then we had a rather bizarre afternoon when we went to re fuel and had not appreciated that, since the boat had been re fitted over the winter, the yard had not bothered to re attach the fuel inlet with the fuel tank so we merrily pumped a load of fuel straight into the bilge…..that was a smelly afternoon spent cleaning it out.  Consequentially we ended up hardly sailing her at all last season.

So this year we went out to our swinging mooring on the Hamble, not far from the Pink ferry terminal in Warsash, with some trepidation. She’d been out for most of January and February on the hard at Universal where my husband had anti fowled her, changed the prop and checked her over for anything that needed fixing, however it’s never until you’re back in the water that you really know what works and what has decided to be “difficult”.

Encouragingly the engine started (2nd time) and everything seemed to be ok, apart from the nav lights and deck instruments which wouldn’t play ball (who needs them?!).  We were supposed to have some head lining replaced (that hadn’t happened) and the windex didn’t seem to be interested in wind direction (finger seemed to work fine)

We decided to bring her into Stone Pier Yard where our very kind marina manager and friend Henry let us have a berth for the night so we could sort her out ready to set sail the next day.  To my surprise (and relief) my husband admitted that we really need to keep her in the marina if we are to use her as much as we should, it seems to be the only way you can keep an eye on things.  A swinging mooring may be a lot cheaper, but it’s always such a palaver when you want to do anything on board.

The next morning it was an easy task to get our gear on and ourselves ready to cast off. The sun was shining, the breeze light and the tide with us as we cruised out of the mouth of the river and turned left for Cowes.

We had a lovely sail over the Solent, a very good night out in Cowes with some fellow boat owning friends and an equally pleasant cruise back the next day, just need to sort that job list now…..