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We humans, and indeed most animals, are drawn to water and playing in it. When the days are hot or you’re on holiday, there’s nothing like diving into sea, river or lake to cool down. Not content with just a swim though, adventurous folks have created many, many ways to make playing in the water even more fun – and most involve going fast whilst trying to avoid a sinking feeling. 

7 Fun Water Sports for the Family this Summer - Chatham blog


Here’s our pick of water sports to try this summer whether you’re out and about in Blighty or on further shores.


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This week we discovered the amazing sand art of Kiwi artist Jamie Harkins.  

Jamie works from his studio in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. His art emcompasses many themes, styles & mediums and he’s known for surrealist landscapes, bright colours and treatment of light. However it is his 3D ‘perspective’ sand art that has caught people’s attention all around the world.

The technique is known as anamorphosis. The image itself is distorted, but when viewed from a specific vantage point, a 3D effect on a 2D surface is achieved.

Here are some of our favourite creations, all done with just a few rakes and the odd stencil!

Pyramid Walk - Jamie Harkins - Chatham Blog

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Heatwave On The Way?

23/05/2014 12:59

A summer heatwave has been mooted by several sources over the last few weeks – of course this does seem to happen every year – so who knows if it will actually happen. Last year was definitely a hot one and it caught quite a few of us off guard. Some studies suggest that by 2040 most summers will be scorchers so it’s good to be prepared. But aside from stockpiling ice, what can you do? We thought we'd take a look at some top sizzling summer survival ideas.

Ice Cream Maker - Chatham Blog

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Often the Great British weather has other ideas when it comes to coinciding with our bank holidays or summer breaks. Whether you’re out camping, sailing or just at home it helps to have some back up plans in place should the heavens open and wash away your best laid plans of a country walk in the sunshine. Here are a few of our favourites...

Gene Kelly Singin' in the Rain

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Spring is one of the finest times of year for a spot of photography. Especially if you get the walking boots on and venture off into the great outdoors. There’s cherry blossom and daffodils, fields of rapeseed and fields of lambs, as well as the first deckchairs on the beach and mackerel on the barbecue – they can all make great shots.

 

You don’t need top of the range equipment to take beautiful pics, if you’ve got a good photographer’s eye and an iPhone you’ll be able to take some pretty snaps to share. Here are some of our favourite Spring photos from users on photo sharing app, Instagram.

New lambs are leaping
 


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Seasonal Grub for Spring

16/04/2014 12:58

Here at Chatham, a splash of spring sunshine has got our thoughts quickly turning to potential barbecues, al fresco dining and picnics on the beach  – and with all this outdoor eating on the horizon, we thought it was a good idea to look at what foods are currently in season and ready to be devoured.

Modern day supermarkets mean that we're usually lucky enough to be able to get whichever foodstuffs we want, whatever the time of year, from somewhere in the world. But is there anything better than some fresh British produce grown in and around our own shores? Grab your boots and walk down to the woods for some foraging, or if your shoes are more tailored to the straw-strewn floors of the nearest farmer's market - pop down there instead.

Either way, if you’d like to get your tastebuds tingling this spring, here are a few tasty treats that are in season in April and May - and you might just find some of them in the supermarket too!

 

Watercress, Rocket, Spinach and Asparagus Salad, Seasonal Food - Chatham blog

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Extremes of Sailing

20/03/2014 19:33

Throughout history sailing has taken us to the extremes of the world, exploring new territories, going further than ever before, and doing so faster than ever before; as well as giving us some of the most impressive technical undertakings.

This week we’ve collected a handful of the extremes of sailing from Britain and around the world for you to take in from the comfort of home - though perhaps you might don your deck shoes and see some in the flesh too...

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Chatham, extremes of sailing



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British footwear brand Chatham is a finalist for the Men’s Footwear Brand of the Year Award in Drapers Footwear and Accessories Awards 2014. This follows Chatham’s recent success at the Footwear Industry Awards 2014, where the brand was crowned Outdoor Footwear Brand of Year.

Chatham - Drapers Finalist

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Leading British footwear brand, Chatham, is crowned Outdoor Brand of the Year at the Footwear Industry Awards 2014 for its outdoor and country range – outperforming other popular names including as Clarks, Hi-Tech and Superfit.

Outdoor Footwear Brand Of The Year

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Top 10 Winter Storm photos

20/02/2014 17:14

The winter of 2013/14 has been an incredible one on both sides of the Atlantic, but with North America experiencing an unprecedented cold snap and the grip of Winter Storm Hercules there have been some truly incredible images from photographers who braved the weather to get a great shot.

Michigan Lightouse covered in Ice

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We are not ones to moan but at times we all need a little pick me up at this time of year. So as winter continues we thought it would be fun to share some of our favourite winter things with you. So here are a few of our team picks from here in the Chatham office... We’d love to hear about how you make the best of this season to, so why not have a read and then share yours with us?

luxury hot chocolate

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"0900 on a windy February Sunday Morning - air temperature is 7C and the water a bracing 8C. 12 Illusions are being craned into Bembridge Harbour on the Isle Of Wight for a morning of top class racing. I am wearing a brand new pair of Chatham Cruz II boots to replace a leaky 3 year old pair of botos of Irish origin."

 

Illusions in Bembridge Harbour

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Top Winter Adventures

14/01/2014 08:24

The beaches are deserted at this time of year and that’s quite honestly how we prefer them. Plus as the storms have blown through there have been some dramatic seas to watch and some fun finds on the beach afterwards. If you can, get out for a walk on the coast. Making driftwood sculptures with family or friends is great fun and there’s nothing better than feeling the sea breeze against your face whatever the time of year.

 

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Winter Recipes: Mulled Wine

22/12/2013 03:28

Often it’s the latter side of Christmas when winter gets the hardest – we still have the long, cold months of January and February to face and the days are still short and the nights long. So what’s out favourite remedy to the season? A warm glass of mulled wine. Best enjoyed with friends, by a proper log fire if possible. If you’d like to know how to make it read on...

 

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We can hardly believe its December already and it is looking to be a busy month for us here as we endeavour to get all of your orders out to you before Christmas! Are you still looking for some last minute presents? Why not browse our Men’s and Women’s Autumn/Winter Collections and see if you kind find something just perfect for that special someone... 

In the meantime though let’s get talking about Christmas Events. Will you be going to any great ones this year? Here are a few which have caught our eye around the country, inspiring one more Christmas blog before the season is through. 

 

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We’re getting very excited about the big day here at Chatham, HQ. We’ve been working hard, doing our preparations and of course endeavouring to get all of your Christmas goodies out to you. We’ve been thinking about our essential elements for a top Christmas and thought for one last Christmas post we would share them with you here on the blog. So enjoy ladies and gentlemen. Christmas is coming...

 

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With the new collections flying off the shelves, helped by the seasonal weather no doubt, we thought we’d showcase a few of our favourites. There are some excellent choices to suit all occasions this season – so take a look at the ones we love the most and where we recommend wearing them. 

 

 

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There’s nothing like a blustery autumn walk to clear out to cobwebs – this is something we all agree on here in the Chatham office. But where are they very best walks to go on at this time of year in the UK? Well, we’ve done a quick poll and come up with this list... So go on get your boots on and get out there.

 

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It’s that wonderful time of year where the hedgerows burst with plump blackberries and the trees and looking fabulous too, draped in their autumn colours of orange, red and brown; it’s simply time to pull on a pair of boots and get out to enjoy the changing season. An autumn walk is easily interrupted of course, with picking sweet berries to eat and take home. Our favourite thing to do with them is to make blackberry crumble so we thought we’d share our recipe with you here on our blog.

 

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So summer has finally left us with a sigh and autumn is here. There is no avoiding it: It’s arrived. Although the long nights and long days are slipping away there are a few things to look forward to. To cheer you up and get you seeing the bright side of the season we’ve gathered a few of our autumn favourites here. It’s time to get cosy, read and enjoy...

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