Unsung Heroes

At this time of year, and quite rightly so, the queen of the countryside is the bluebell. There really is nothing quite like an English bluebell wood in full bloom – a wide carpet of bright, rich purple-blue blooms, especially when seen against fresh new green leaves and blue skies, is a sight to behold….

Beer, Bats & Donkeys

I suddenly realised that thanks to a hectic few weeks and lots of gardening, it’s been ages since my last blog, so as the dog needed a walk and I needed a change of scene I thought I’d treat us both to a jolly this morning and go exploring. We headed west, as I thought…

Symondsbury Manor Yard

Anyone who has ever been anywhere near Bridport will instantly recognise the distinctive, tree-topped bump of Colmer’s Hill. Every time we drive past, I think “I haven’t walked up there since I was about 13 years old” – until today! Symondsbury, the nearest village to Colmer’s Hill, is an almost Disneyesque quintessential English village, with…

Stonebarrow

Somewhere that is always magical, always inspirational and always a good reminder to count our blessings, Stonebarrow is one of our favourite places as a family. On the hills between Charmouth’s fossil beaches and Golden Cap’s breathtaking views, Stonebarrow is perfect for walking, for anyone and everyone. Criss-crossed with footpaths and directly leading to the…

Escot – a Wild Day Out

We used to go to Escot quite a lot when the children were smaller, as they loved the freedom to roam around the woods, climb the giant trees and explore the fantastic woodland playground, but to be honest I assumed they’d outgrown it, so when the opportunity arose to go and see the recent developments…

Walking the Undercliff

Well, that’ll teach me to endorse wonderful ideas! After reading my blog on Axmouth which included the Undercliff Walk, my friend said “we should do that one day”, and today was the day! I woke up to something I couldn’t really distinguish as either drizzle, fog, rain or sea mist, and knew then it would…

Cogden Beach

Judging by the car parks in Lyme Regis and Charmouth over the last few days, there is something very right about the West Dorset tourism industry at the moment. Apart from the woolly hats, new Christmas scarves and winter coats, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a summer bank holiday weekend, with car…

The First Tree in the Greenwood

Due to a lots of wreath-making and a lot of driving around with Christmas music on, I have had this song going round my head a lot lately, and I wondered why the holly (because that was the first tree in the greenwood, according to the song at least) is so special at Christmas. Obviously…

Free, Foraged & Fab

“And here’s one I prepared earlier…” I’ve always wanted to say that! One of the simplest and most satisfying things you can make for Christmas is a natural wreath – made exclusively from foraged or garden-grown greenery, it would cost you a fortune in a florists, and can be made for pennies or free at…

Seaton Parkrun

This weekend I finally joined the thousands of people across the UK (and now the world) who, instead of a lie-in and a bacon sandwich, start their Saturday meeting a whole bunch of strangers to get out of breath and sweaty. parkrun UK now organise hundreds of free, weekly, timed events all across the country…