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…

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…

Charmouth Forest

There is a part of me that hopes no-one reads this post, as I am about to tell you about one of my favourite places, and to be honest I like it best when it’s just me & the dog. However, I feel honour-bound to share with you the atmospheric, ever-changing beauty of Charmouth Forest….

Land of Bone & Stone

Growing up in North Dorset, we played on hill forts, collected flint arrowheads and slingshots in the garden and saw long barrows and burial mounds every day from the school bus windows, so I’ve always been surrounded by Neolithic and Bronze Age history, but I’m ashamed to say I’d never even heard of the South…

Wet & Windy Walks

Because we live in the countryside and only 5 minutes from the beach, we don’t tend to do towns with the dog, but due to a combination of a last-minute dash to school with forgotten kit and a very wet morning, I thought I could kill two birds with one stone and take the dog…

Pony Playgroup

I know the old adage that ‘You can’t please all of the people all of the time’, and I am determined that my blog should cover a wide range of interests, to try to cover as many peoples tastes as possible, but this morning’s field trip was, I admit, pure self-indulgence. The moment I saw a…

Axmouth Harbour

Every time I drive past the mud flats on the way into Seaton I think “I must come back here with my kayak one day”. Well, I still haven’t! I did stop for a look around Axmouth, though, as friends have been telling me to for years, and I’ve always just passed through. Axmouth is…

Life Beyond Fish & Chips

Now don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love fish and chips, but that is partly the problem. There’s only so many times in one summer you can indulge without either your conscience or your waistline starting to nag. Luckily here in Lyme Regis we are spoilt for choice when it comes to other options….

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…

A Rose by any other name….

I always think English hedgerows are at their absolute best in May, with the colours of campion, bluebells, stitchwort, spurge and buttercups giving a much-needed splash of colour after a long dull winter, but now that first hit of technicolour brilliance is over, it’s time for the tasteful whites of June. The cow parsley, which…