Hardown Hill

I have often sung the praises of Stonebarrow, and have blogged about it in the past, but despite being able to see it from our kitchen window, I have never been up its next-door neighbour, Hardown Hill. At this time of year, it is easily identified from a long way away by the vibrant splash…

Life on Lockdown

When the lockdown was announced, I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to crack on with the blog, and with unlimited time to spend on it,  I would produce so many posts on all sorts of subjects. However, I didn’t. I didn’t know if it was general inertia or the fact that the lovely weather…

Coronavirus & Country Life

‘Unprecedented’, ‘difficult times’, ‘challenging times’: there are many euphemisms for ‘totally buggered’ at the moment. There has definitely been a seismic shift in everyday lives and expectations, and many of us are living daily lives that were unimaginable a few weeks ago. One of the headline-grabbing effects of the Coronavirus has been the crazy panic-buying…

Stone Carving at Sculpture by the Lakes

A while ago I went on a Jurassic Coast Ambassador’s day visiting sites in Purbeck including the caves and quarries at Winspit. Sam Scriven, the JCT’s brilliantly engaging geologist, spoke about the history of quarrying, and how Portland stone in particular has shaped many of our important landmarks. This all came flooding back yesterday when…

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…

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…

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…

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…