I grew up with my sisters and brothers on the family farm in Bedfordshire and look back with great fondness on days seemingly spent surrounded by chickens and cats and with “Botha” – our black labrador.
Many years later I fell in love with Cornwall, and discovered that Britain’s south-westerly tip has a character all of its own. Coming from an inland county – the fact that it was not just a county but almost an island was exhilarating for me. I love the ancient creeks and secret coves, rugged cliffs and wide sandy beaches. The Cornish landscape has definitely forged a special place in my heart since the family made our move to begin our adventure here in 1996.
Since founding Sweetpea & Betty in 2010 with my sister Tricia I’ve been able to indulge – and share – my love of vintage romantic style, beautiful gifts and mirrors & chandeliers. When Annie Sloan agreed that Sweetpea & Betty could become stockists of her unique range of chalk paint – that was it, I was thrilled – and delighted to be able to offer these quality products to my neighbours and friends in Cornwall.
I have done alot of work for charities and particularly for Penhaligon’s Friends – a Cornish children’s bereavement charity. I ran (slowly) in the London Marathon in 2002, have completed the London to Brighton bike ride, thrown myself out of an aircraft for a charity parachute jump, been paragliding & micro-lite flying with my brother. Perhaps that’s why my sister Tricia teases me (gently) about having my head in the clouds! I love chocolate, walking on Cornwall’s glorious beaches & headlands, am known for baking especially delicious cakes… Perhaps that’s why I consider this my motto – ‘A great many things can be resolved in kindness, ever more with laughter, but there are some things that just require a cup of tea & piece of cake’.