Big Colyton Art Show

As a dutiful parent, I’ve done more than my fair share of school fundraisers – fetes, coffee mornings, fashion shows, fun days and all sorts of things. None were quite as impressive as Colyton Grammar School’s offerings; in the summer I visited their fantastic Garden and Food Festival which was incredibly professional, with some excellent…

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…

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,…

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 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  is….

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…

An app a day……..

Nowadays there is a lot of concern about the amount of time people, especially children, spend with their noses glued to their smartphone or tablet, and a general bemoaning of the lack of fresh air and outdoor ‘wild time’ that people get, but the two needn’t be mutually exclusive. I realised that my phone, which…

Unsung Heroes

At this time of year, and quite rightly so, the queen of the countryside is the bluebell. There really is nothing quite like an English bluebell wood in full bloom – a wide carpet of bright, rich purple-blue blooms, especially when seen against fresh new green leaves and blue skies, is a sight to behold….