I have noticed that quite a lot of chalets have had new coats of paint for the winter and it’s something that we have been pondering over for months. After wandering around the cliff looking at the colour of other chalets checking which colours suit which window frames etc we checked out the official guidance to painting your chalet on the Cornwall.gov.uk website. We had been mulling over cream versus aquamarine when we had a complete turnaround. Having been fans of the Scandinavian black summer houses for many years ( included on my chalet envy posts) we were really pleased to see that black was included in the colours we were allowed to use. In fact darker colours are preferred so that the chalets can blend with the natural colours of the landscape (in particular for those actually positioned on the cliff). Some of the colours have fantastic names seaweed; vandyke; turtle; beaver; rhino; chive; grey friar; juniper; mouse grey and raven, all British standard colours.
So, a few weeks ago we tentatively started to paint the back of the chalet which is not overlooked by neighbours and got really excited by the outcome. Now we are hoping for some dry Autumn weekends to gradually move around to the front and by next Spring we will be welcoming people to our new black chalet, inspired, of course by Derek Jarman’s Prospect cottage at Dungeness
The gravel garden still has a way to go and we are going to have to conquer the weed crisis but some chalet guests have had fun arranging beach finds in amongst the grasses.