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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Jam & Jerusalem (Artichokes)

In the days when many lament the bullying dominance of the supermarket giants, we are blessed in this area with lots of really good independent food shops, and a range of really useful markets. Bridport has Wednesdays and Saturdays, all along the streets and in the halls, with a lot of artisan, high-end produce, and…

Nice Weather for Ducks

On a day when the rest of the U.K seemed to be sweltering in record-breaking temperatures, the Jurassic Coast was bombarded by thunderstorms, with lightning strikes all along the coast, and torrential rain coming across in waves. I decided to abandon outdoor plans and investigate a new kid on the block, Duck’s Farm Shop in…