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…

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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…

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…

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…