The Watch House

You may have to run the gauntlet of David Tennant hunters, but I have another top lunch spot for you. I may be preaching to the converted here as it’s not exactly a hidden secret, but it was new to me – recently we went for a lovely lunch at The Watch House, in West…

The Cathedral of the Vale

If you have ever tried to drive along the A35 in mid-summer, you will be well aware that West Dorset is a major holiday destination. In 2014, there were over 3.4m visitor trips to West Dorset, with an estimated 14.7 million visitor nights, with visitors listing the scenery, pretty villages and walking as the main…

Rousdon Village Bakery

Due to a boring list of Lyme Regis / Musbury based errands this morning, we broke the habit of a lifetime and did something we very rarely do – went out for breakfast. Handily close to Lyme Regis, just a couple of miles along the Sidmouth Road, is one of the best breakfasts you can…

Open Farm Sunday

It’s that time of year again when farmers are frantically clearing out unkempt corners of the yard, digging out the hand sanitiser and polishing tractors, as this Sunday 5th June is Open Farm Sunday 2016. Now in its 10th year, Open Farm Sunday has built to a hugely successful, national event, with over 290,000 visitors…

Downhouse Farm

Today I finally got around to doing something I’ve been meaning to do for years; we walked up the coastal path from Eype to Down House Farm for coffee and cake. Lots of people have told me I must do this, and now I know why! We parked in the beach car park at Eype,…

Let Battle Commence!

Something a bit different from my usual mix of nature, beaches and gentle landscape this time – a bit more rock’n’roll! Recently I caught up with Phil Gordon, the brains behind the upcoming Battle of The Bands (known as TBOB), to be held at Thorncombe Sports & Social Club on 1st & 2nd July. ¬†Inspired…

A Free Feast

Foraging has become very trendy recently, sort of swept along with the artisan food/provenance craze, but at its most basic, ¬†anyone who has ever picked a blackberry can claim to be a forager. Personally I am a bit sceptical of some of the foraging courses on offer – hundreds of pounds for a few hedgerow…

Furzeleigh Down Dairy

I hope she won’t mind me saying, but at Valerie Voysey’s age, most women with a lifetime of farming and raising a family would be looking forward to putting their feet up and having someone bring them a nice cup of tea every now and again. Instead, Val has started a tea shop! Furzeleigh Down…

Forde Abbey

In the name of full disclosure, I have to admit that when it comes to Forde Abbey, I am biased. Having lived just up the road, it has been the location for many of the iconic events in my children’s early childhoods; crawling on the lawns, rolling down the grassy banks, playgroup Easter Egg Hunts…

Every Little Helps

I started this blog to celebrate the local, small, independent businesses and enterprises in the area, championing the underdog, and I’m just about to write a whole post endorsing the biggest retail giant in the country. Why? Well, before you denounce me as a total hypocrite, I also aim to find ways families can explore…