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….

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…

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…

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…

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…