Wildlife Migrations

If one of the first signs of summer is the swallows arriving, then seeing them line up on the telegraph wires before heading off is one of the signs that summer is over, and it’s time to sweep the chimneys and fill up the log shed. Over the last few weeks, my local Facebook groups…

Blackberries

Millennia before foraging became trendy, Neolithic people were gathering blackberries, and we haven’t stopped since. For most of the year, brambles are an inconvenience; tough, thorny and very quick to spread, they are a headache for gardeners, but for a few weeks they redeem themselves with fat, delicious blackberries. Wildlife takes full advantage of this…

Hardown Hill

I have often sung the praises of Stonebarrow, and have blogged about it in the past, but despite being able to see it from our kitchen window, I have never been up its next-door neighbour, Hardown Hill. At this time of year, it is easily identified from a long way away by the vibrant splash…

Life on Lockdown

When the lockdown was announced, I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to crack on with the blog, and with unlimited time to spend on it,  I would produce so many posts on all sorts of subjects. However, I didn’t. I didn’t know if it was general inertia or the fact that the lovely weather…

Coronavirus & Country Life

‘Unprecedented’, ‘difficult times’, ‘challenging times’: there are many euphemisms for ‘totally buggered’ at the moment. There has definitely been a seismic shift in everyday lives and expectations, and many of us are living daily lives that were unimaginable a few weeks ago. One of the headline-grabbing effects of the Coronavirus has been the crazy panic-buying…

Stone Carving at Sculpture by the Lakes

A while ago I went on a Jurassic Coast Ambassador’s day visiting sites in Purbeck including the caves and quarries at Winspit. Sam Scriven, the JCT’s brilliantly engaging geologist, spoke about the history of quarrying, and how Portland stone in particular has shaped many of our important landmarks. This all came flooding back yesterday when…

Lyme Rocks!

I’m sure there was an audible cheer when a financial services company in the middle of Lyme Regis was replaced by a traditional sweet shop! Lyme Rocks is a wonderful step back in time, with jars of all the favourites (Cola Cubes, since you ask) and lots of newer sweets and chocolates. Tucked away next…

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

With two keen photographers in the family, the chance to see the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition right on our doorstep was too good to miss. A few years ago we went up to London to see it at the Natural History Museum, which was great but quite an effort, so this time…

Hollywood-On-Sea

It’s International Women’s Day today, and in Lyme Regis, there’s one woman who instantly springs to mind as worthy of celebrating – in fact the Royal Society put her in the top ten influential women in science. Mary Anning was born and raised in Lyme Regis, and made a living (just) collecting fossils from the…