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…

St Catherine’s Chapel, Abbotsbury

Every time we drive the spectacular coast road from Bridport to Weymouth, as we crest the hill and see St Catherine’s Chapel silhouetted against Chesil Beach, I always say “I’d love to go up there one day”. Well, with two hours to kill waiting for my son to do rugby training in Bridport, today was…

Splash Maps

This is not a traditionally Christmassy post, but if you are planning a Boxing Day walk or starting the New Year with a run, you will understand my excitement about this one. I was doing some online shopping for Christmas, and found something so clever I actually kept it for myself! As a keen dog…

Finding Fossils on the Jurassic Coast

This has been an amazing summer, and I think records must have been broken for people visiting the Jurassic Coast. Television coverage such as David Attenborough’s Sea Monster, the recent Beachwatch Live and lots of slots on other shows have given it more & more attention, and I’ve definitely seen far more European number-plates this…

The Jurassic Mule to Seaton

I apologise for the total lack of posts recently – it’s the school holidays, so with working, teenage holiday jobs, teenage trips to the bright lights to go shopping, the odd meet-up and lots of daily life, we haven’t really been co-ordinated enough to go anywhere yet this holiday. (Don’t feel sorry for me though,…

Delphi, Meteora & Central Greece

Five years ago, my husband and I and our two children (then 7 & 9) did a road trip around the Peloponnese, hiring a car and staying in guest houses, visiting ancient sites such as Olympia, Mycenae, Mystra and Athens. It was such a brilliant holiday that we vowed to do it again, so we’ve…

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…