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…

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…

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…

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…

Half Term Highlights

When I was little, half term used to be a week of kicking around at home – don’t get me wrong, we’d have a picnic, go to a beach, go for nice dog walks etc, but it was always up to my mum to amuse us, or for us to amuse ourselves. Nowadays, everywhere you…

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…

Beauty behind The Beast

Tucked away behind a working quarry full of monster tipper trucks and a busy industrial estate is a little-known nature reserve, where even many locals have never set foot. Chard Junction Quarry Nature Reserve, between Holditch and Chard Junction just down the road from Forde Abbey, is a little pocket of wetland habitat reclaimed from…