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…

Langdon Hill Walk

Sometimes you want an energetic stomp, but sometimes you just want a gentle saunter, and today being that day, we put the dog in the back of the car and headed to Langdon Hill in Morcombelake. Easily accessible just off the A35 and halfway between Lyme Regis and Bridport, it’s a nice walk if you’re…

Jurassic Coast Wines

For centuries the West Country has been synonymous with cider, and orchards are such a part of the historic patchwork of landscape there are many efforts to preserve or replace them, for both our benefit and the incredible wildlife value. However, when those wily Romans came, they brought not only edible snails and lettuce (thanks,…

Toby’s Garden Festival at Forde Abbey

Nowadays, anybody who’s anybody can be found bedecked in flowers, henna tattoos and artisan cider, ‘doing’ one of Britain’s many amazing festivals. Not to be outdone, I’m joining in – not quite as rock’n’roll as Glastonbury (although I have been there, done it, got the juggling balls), Bestival or Download, I’m taking my mum (who…

The Melplash Show

Much to my daughter’s dismay, I absolutely LOVE country shows, and in my opinion, some of the smaller ones are some of the best. As a teenager I had a friend whose dad was into beagling, so we used to used to go to the Royal Bath & West and do what all cool teenagers…

An Exotic Experience

I’ve found yet another gem, folks. Today I had a meeting at Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, so while I was there I thought I may as well have a look around. Wow. I haven’t been there for years, and then I was somewhat distracted by small children, so I’d forgotten just how exotic it really  is….

Bridport Market

With our warm, wet climate, sunny summers (usually) and rich farming heritage, we are surrounded here in West Dorset and East Devon by fantastic food and drink producers, and one of my favourite things to do on a Saturday morning is to head into Bridport and have a mooch around the market. Wednesdays and Saturdays…

Symondsbury Manor Yard

Anyone who has ever been anywhere near Bridport will instantly recognise the distinctive, tree-topped bump of Colmer’s Hill. Every time we drive past, I think “I haven’t walked up there since I was about 13 years old” – until today! Symondsbury, the nearest village to Colmer’s Hill, is an almost Disneyesque quintessential English village, with…

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…

Ice Cream Dreams

It’s not dainty, it’s not subtle but I think it’s going to be a big hit with the generation who are too young to remember Al’s Diner in Happy Days – Creams is the new kid on the block in Dorchester’s Brewery Square. As we had a teacher training day today and needed to brave…