Lyme Rocks!

I’m sure there was an audible cheer when a financial services company in the middle of Lyme Regis was replaced by a traditional sweet shop! Lyme Rocks is a wonderful step back in time, with jars of all the favourites (Cola Cubes, since you ask) and lots of newer sweets and chocolates. Tucked away next…

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

With two keen photographers in the family, the chance to see the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition right on our doorstep was too good to miss. A few years ago we went up to London to see it at the Natural History Museum, which was great but quite an effort, so this time…

Hollywood-On-Sea

It’s International Women’s Day today, and in Lyme Regis, there’s one woman who instantly springs to mind as worthy of celebrating – in fact the Royal Society put her in the top ten influential women in science. Mary Anning was born and raised in Lyme Regis, and made a living (just) collecting fossils from the…

St Catherine’s Chapel, Abbotsbury

Every time we drive the spectacular coast road from Bridport to Weymouth, as we crest the hill and see St Catherine’s Chapel silhouetted against Chesil Beach, I always say “I’d love to go up there one day”. Well, with two hours to kill waiting for my son to do rugby training in Bridport, today was…

Splash Maps

This is not a traditionally Christmassy post, but if you are planning a Boxing Day walk or starting the New Year with a run, you will understand my excitement about this one. I was doing some online shopping for Christmas, and found something so clever I actually kept it for myself! As a keen dog…

Battle’s Over

I was lucky enough to have fantastic history teachers at my school, and they always did a very moving Remembrance Assembly. In the days when ‘multi-media’ meant  wheeling out the TV trolley, it was a carefully put together tribute to the lives lost, and has stayed with me forever. I like to do something to…

The Green Weigh

I, like everyone who saw it, was horrified by the recent documentary ‘Drowning in Plastic’. Images of baby birds with stomachs full of plastic were enough to make me rethink my habits, and shopping is a good place to make some easy wins. I have always been aware of the amount of excess packaging and…

Big Colyton Art Show

As a dutiful parent, I’ve done more than my fair share of school fundraisers – fetes, coffee mornings, fashion shows, fun days and all sorts of things. None were quite as impressive as Colyton Grammar School’s offerings; in the summer I visited their fantastic Garden and Food Festival which was incredibly professional, with some excellent…

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…