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 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….

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…

Stonebarrow

Somewhere that is always magical, always inspirational and always a good reminder to count our blessings, Stonebarrow is one of our favourite places as a family. On the hills between Charmouth’s fossil beaches and Golden Cap’s breathtaking views, Stonebarrow is perfect for walking, for anyone and everyone. Criss-crossed with footpaths and directly leading to the…

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…