An ode to precious time spent by the sea by author and broadcaster Fearne Cotton. Discover Fearne's cosy beach life essentials for bitter morning swims and impromptu picnics before the sun sets.
You talk about the sea as being your happy place. What is it about being by the water that you are drawn to?
The power of it. I'm in awe of it. I love how the sea is ever changing in movement and colour and how I feel when I'm in its cold arms.
How are the days you spend by the sea different to when you're at home?
At home I'm completely consumed by my never ending lists. When I'm by the sea none of that stuff seems to matter so much.
What is your favourite seaside ritual?
Getting in the sea no matter what the weather or time of year. It's always exhilarating!
Many of us have spent more time at home than ever before over the last year. How has your relationship to home changed in recent times?
I've been more aware of what needs sorting out. A work space was the first challenge as most of my work is now done exclusively from home.
Tell us about a moment in everyday life at home that brings you pure joy…
Making my morning coffee. I love waking up before the rest of the family and, after I've fed my old cats, making a coffee in the dark and enjoying every sip.
Favourite book about the sea: Malibu Rising by Tara Jenkins Reid
Best beach in the UK: Studland
Favourite UK swimming spot: Lulworth Cove
You can swap houses with anyone in the world, who do you choose?:
I once interviewed Ludovico Einaudi on zoom and his Italian house looked like it was in the most incredible location.
Your most treasured piece of furniture: The French dresser in our kitchen that belonged to Jesse’s late mother.
A scent that makes you think of home: Incense, we always have it burning.
Time for an impromptu seaside supper, what do you pack: A big woolly jumper, a blanket and anything that can be dipped in hummus.