Need a cheap getaway? How about a caravan holiday?

With the October school half term rapidly approaching, my husband has the opportunity to take a week away from work, so we plan to take a break for a few days. I started looking around for some places to stay but of course we have left it way too late to get anywhere at a reasonable price!

Caravan holiday in WinterFirst thing, is it me but when did October school holiday breaks become so expensive? I know you can expect a price hike in Easter and during the summer holidays, but October? Anyway, it was my fault for leaving it so late but I was not going to let that stop me. I must admit that after several hours of searching (and becoming more and more demotivated) I finally came across light (albeit a small light) at the end of the tunnel. My saviour? A site called Great Caravan Holidays, this had loads of cheap caravan holiday deals listed. Problem was, I had never considered a caravan holiday before but the prices looked so tempting (£100 for 7 nights break, for a family of 4! Have a look at if you too are tempted).

Did I book? Yes. I could not resist at that price (and I was desperate to be honest!). First time caravan holiday nerves? Definitely. However, its a cheap caravan holiday in October so I’m willing to give it a try!


17 Oct 2013

Custom handmade quilts

I came across a great website over the weekend during my search for a winter blanket/quilt (its starting to get cold you know). Jamie Wilson basically takes baby clothes (or any fabric for that matter) that are no longer used and turns them into a fabulous custom made quilt.

Handmade quiltThe site is called and there are some great examples on there of Jamie’s previous work. Reading the reviews on the site, customers of Jelly Bean Quilts have nothing but praise for Jamie’s quilts.

Turnaround time for the quilts is currently 12-16 weeks so demand must be high. This is a great idea, however, pricing is quite expensive (starting at $475 for a small throw) but if you thing of the quilt as a keepsake then it becomes good value.

15 Oct 2013

My visit to a vintage wedding shop

Vintage wedding dressI had some free time today so I was lucky enough to accompany a friend of mine who is getting remarried next year. My friend is very organised and has already done lots of research, both from the bridal mags and sites like Pinterest (Pinterest is actually a great site for looking for wedding inspiration).

As its the second time she is getting, my friend (Helen) wanted a different feel to her wedding this time around compared to the church wedding, white dress affair she had the first time. This time she has been looking at vintage wedding ideas; Helen really wants a wedding with vintage bridal grown, traditional band and “mix-n-match” china on the tables. Helen came to the house already prepared with a digital scrapbook of vintage bridal ideas, gained from Pinterest and dedicated vintage wedding sites such as Vintage Wedding Store.

The store we went to had some fantastic vintage bridal dresses and Helen managed to find an immaculate ivory wedding dress from the 1950’s. If you are planning a vintage wedding yourself then there is plenty of inspiration out there; start with Pinterest boards but also have a look at sites such as


04 Oct 2013

Hello and welcome to the captain’s deck!

Hi all. This is my very first post on this blog so I wanted to introduce myself before getting launching into further post writing. My name is Jess Captain and I have launched “The Captain’s Deck” as a site where I can capture and share useful things, places and websites I find on my travels.

Jess CaptainA little bit more about me. I am “middle aged” with a husband at home and 2 children that have long flew the nest. We have a dog that keeps us company and both my husband and I enjoy outdoor activities and craft type hobbies. I think if we had more time (and money) we would love to do a lot more travelling. I have a part time office job but I really enjoy writing so I thought I would give “blogging” a go (a bit late to the scene I know).

I will try to get the site update soon with new content!


03 Oct 2013