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Posts from the ‘Kids’ Category

Whitebait

So we caught a fish. A mackerel. With my sons toy fishing rod. It was a big mackerel and quite the most extraordinary moment. Unexpected. So J felt quite proud I think. As novices with such practical skills involving nature. When the fish was pulled out of the water, something animalistic came over my normally calm hippy demeanor and I beat the fish a little too vigorously over the head with a large stone. Read more

Magical Cogden

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Even though I live in one of the most beautiful places in the country, at times it can feel a little claustraphobic and the desire to ‘escape’ within my immediate periphery seeps in. Sometimes a jaunt around the back streets of Bridport can do the trick but if I want to properly ‘escape’ there is no finer place than Cogden Beach. I have mentioned this amazing spot in the past but it felt like a reminder was required… Read more

Frank & Beans Please!

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The start of the weekend and our Friday release took us on a post school trip to the most delicious gelateria, Frank & Beans in Lyme Regis. Excitement all round at the impending glacial hit and we even managed to lure hard toiling J away from his screen to join us for our treat and a stroll along the seafront. Quite the ‘Little England’ 1952 picturesque scene. Read more

The Writing Room, Lyme Regis

One thing that feeds my soul is writing, and writing away from the screen it must be. It counteracts the never ending demands that glowing machine makes and the slighty ‘hazy’ and to be honest a little bit mucky feeling I get from overuse. The best antidote I have found is a tip I learned from that well known and uber inspiring book The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. Her Morning Pages are a well needed mental boost.  Read more

Fossil Hunting Charmouth

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Forgive the tardiness in the writing up of this post. The clement weather seems to have made time just fly away, less hibernating more doing. Great.

It was end August and the day started cold and rainy. The rendezvous point was the Soft Rock Café (yes it’s real), Charmouth Beach; friend and her 2 plus my 3 small ones and a plethora of people in anoraks keen to learn about fossils.  Read more

Maiden Castle

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My long suffering husband J didn’t get out much when he was a child growing up  in Dorset. The kids and I endure long stints of him reminiscing about the trips he did do, most of which were within a 30 mile radius of his home. We indulged him the other day with a visit to Maiden Castle and we got the sense of freedom that he must have experienced as a kid. Read more

West Bay

Beautiful day on Saturday. Super sun, super blue sky, super cliff walk, super wave like cliff top grass. Not so super landslip on the East beach. Right by that Broadchurch spot. That will ruin continuity for the next series, apparently on air later this year. Maybe they can use the end of the pier instead as the focal spot of the show, death by crab line? Read more

Tennis by Toby

Have been attempting to perfect the art of tennis over the last year or so. After I got over the initial endless and typically British “sorry” every time the ball went skyward bound rather than skimming the net, my game has progressed rather well. That is totally due to the amazing coaching from Toby. Read more

Rydon Stables

As promised from last weeks comment here is a suggestion of a great place to stay near Budleigh Salterton.

Rydon Stables is in cute, sleepy Otterton, a picture perfect Devon village often used as the ultimate West Country village image on postcards. Read more

Crab House Cafe

Tried to come to the Crab House Cafe before but I was so badly organised ie. it was totally booked and for some strange reason I seem to think that no booking would be required. But it is soooo good that booking is of course essential. Read more