Boarsbarrow Design

OK, hands up, who else has a sewing machine gathering dust somewhere at the back of a cupboard? Mine is coated in a layer of dust and good intentions, but as of Wednesday, I will be dusting it off, as I have found something I can actually manage! And the really good news is that…

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…

Dorset Waterpark

Our kids are now at that tricky age where they’re too old for indoor play centres, but still young enough to want to climb, jump and generally mess about with friends. There has always been a gap in days out for this age group, but some bright spark has hit upon the solution – Total…

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…

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…

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 ┬áis….

The Only Way is Segway!

Ever since seeing security guards gliding around effortlessly in Florida years ago, my son has always wanted to have a go on a Segway, so this year, in the absence of any toys on the birthday wish list, we decided to grant his wish and find him a Segway. On a recent trip to Wildwood…

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…

Beer, Bats & Donkeys

I suddenly realised that thanks to a hectic few weeks and lots of gardening, it’s been ages since my last blog, so as the dog needed a walk and I needed a change of scene I thought I’d treat us both to a jolly this morning and go exploring. We headed west, as I thought…

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…