Wild Hops

This seems to be a phenomenal year for wild fruit; the blackberries are in perfect condition, and the hawthorn bushes are red with berries in some place. One thing that seems to have really enjoyed the beautifully warm summer is the wild hops, which surround us in the hedgerows, and have invaded our garden this…

Finding Fossils on the Jurassic Coast

This has been an amazing summer, and I think records must have been broken for people visiting the Jurassic Coast. Television coverage such as David Attenborough’s Sea Monster, the recent Beachwatch Live and lots of slots on other shows have given it more & more attention, and I’ve definitely seen far more European number-plates this…

The Jurassic Mule to Seaton

I apologise for the total lack of posts recently – it’s the school holidays, so with working, teenage holiday jobs, teenage trips to the bright lights to go shopping, the odd meet-up and lots of daily life, we haven’t really been co-ordinated enough to go anywhere yet this holiday. (Don’t feel sorry for me though,…

Delphi, Meteora & Central Greece

Five years ago, my husband and I and our two children (then 7 & 9) did a road trip around the Peloponnese, hiring a car and staying in guest houses, visiting ancient sites such as Olympia, Mycenae, Mystra and Athens. It was such a brilliant holiday that we vowed to do it again, so we’ve…

Hazel

At this time of year more than any other, I can be guaranteed to always have a pair of loppers in the car, just in case I pass the perfect hazel hedge. Last year’s garden arches have just succumbed to the winter gales and become kindling, so I’m looking for new poles for this year’s…

Lyme Bay Nordic Walking

A couple of years ago, I was seeing a personal trainer once a week, running several times a week, and walking the dog for hours. Admittedly I was still built for comfort rather than speed, and would never have won the Miss World swimsuit competition, but I could run 10km in under an hour, which…

Libra Court, Sidmouth

I am ashamed to say that after 13 years of living here I had visited Sidmouth exactly once, when my baby daughter was in a pram. She is now choosing GCSE options! I thought I should do a recce, whilst drumming up some new businesses for the Jurassic Coast Card (did I mention that?!) so…

Jurassic Coast Card

I know I’ve gone quiet recently, but I can now tell you why! Writing this blog has made me get out and discover so many inspiring people, places and businesses in the area, and I have seen how difficult it can be for everybody relying on such a seasonal economy and in many cases, a limited…

Rockburn Ltd, Bridport

Are your kids climbing the walls? Perfect! I’ve found a place where that is not only encouraged, but you can join in too. Tucked away on the corner of Foundry & Priory Lanes in Bridport is Rockburn,  new bouldering centre which has already got off to a flying start.  Open seven days a week, it…

Tyneham – Dorset’s Ghost Village

I was an accidental tourist again on Sunday – my son was coasteering with Scouts at Lulworth Cove (it was ‘awesome’ apparently, so maybe fuel for a future blog!), so with a couple of hours to kill I thought I’d go and visit Tyneham, the deserted village on the Lulworth Estate. To be perfectly honest,…