Blackberries

Millennia before foraging became trendy, Neolithic people were gathering blackberries, and we haven’t stopped since. For most of the year, brambles are an inconvenience; tough, thorny and very quick to spread, they are a headache for gardeners, but for a few weeks they redeem themselves with fat, delicious blackberries. Wildlife takes full advantage of this…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…