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…

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…

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,…

The Jurassic Coast

Ever since I was little I’ve loved going to the beach, and growing up near the Dorset Coast we were spoilt for choice. Our beach of choice was St Oswalds Bay, next to Durdle Door, as you can swim out to the rocks, and Durdle Door itself is spectacular. We also loved the sandy beaches…

Lyme Regis Museum

Today was a big day for Lyme Regis – after several years of blood, sweat, tears and fundraising, the staff and volunteers finally got to welcome the public into the newly extended and refurbished Lyme Regis Museum. The original building is a fantastically self-indulgent Victorian mini-masterpiece. It seems like an odd comparison with such a…

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….

Escot – a Wild Day Out

We used to go to Escot quite a lot when the children were smaller, as they loved the freedom to roam around the woods, climb the giant trees and explore the fantastic woodland playground, but to be honest I assumed they’d outgrown it, so when the opportunity arose to go and see the recent developments…

Walking the Undercliff

Well, that’ll teach me to endorse wonderful ideas! After reading my blog on Axmouth which included the Undercliff Walk, my friend said “we should do that one day”, and today was the day! I woke up to something I couldn’t really distinguish as either drizzle, fog, rain or sea mist, and knew then it would…