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Philippa and Martin Clunes at Buckham Down, near Beaminster

My Place… Buckham Down, near Beaminster

Philippa Clunes

Philippa is a TV producer. She lives with husband Martin and daughter Emily on a farm near Beaminster, where they host the annual Buckham Fair every summer.

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Coast & Countryside

Richard Edmonds was a Lyme Regis schoolboy who discovered his passion for fossils on Charmouth beach. He studied geology at university and, after working in the North Sea oil industry, worked on the Isle of Arran for National Trust Scotland. In 1986 he returned to Dorset as warden of the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, for 11 years, before taking up a new position as Jurassic Coast project officer with Dorset County Council. That role became Earth Science Manager, tasked with monitoring, managing and protecting the core interests of the World Heritage Site as well as supplying geological expertise into the team’s work.

Why the Jurassic Coast needs a world-class fossils museum

August 14, 2015

What is the future for our fossils? That is the question gnawing at Richard Edmonds, who this summer quit as the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site’s Earth Science Manager.

The chapel ruins

Walk: St Wite’s Well to St Gabriel’s Chapel

July 17, 2015

This walk on the National Trust’s Golden Cap estate includes two saints, an abandoned village and a detour to West Dorset’s unofficial nudist beach.

Brimstone by Matt Berry

Get out for the count

July 10, 2015

A confetti of red admirals, peacocks and small tortoiseshells spiralling around buddleia bushes on a hot, sultry afternoon is one of the classic sights of British summertime. And thankfully, this display is not such an unusual spectacle in our region. In comparison to other parts of the UK, we are relatively blessed with butterflies. Our … Read more

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Gardening & Nature

community orchard

Apple Day – the Community Orchard celebrates autumn

October 13, 2015

Lucky old Bridport gets to celebrate Apple Day twice this year. On 17 October, there is the gathering in the Community Orchard behind St Mary’s Church in South Street where the event is in its eighth year. Then on 25 October there is a shiny new applefest in Symondsbury, centred on the artisan retail experience … Read more

Gardener Andy Lane in his garden at Chilcombe.

A mini sub-tropical paradise – a gardener’s garden at Chilcombe

July 31, 2015

To drive to Chilcombe is an eye-stretching experience. The lane dips then climbs away from the A35 soaring to a high plateau and spreading the coastline of all Lyme Bay before you with an extravagance that makes you feel that nature might have gone just a little over the top in the natural beauty department. … Read more


Glow-worms: the fairy lights of the hedgerow

July 21, 2015

If you walk on rough ground or along a country lane on a warm June or July night, you may come across a tiny, glowing stub of light like a cigarette end, but a pale, unearthly green.

Food & Drink

Raspberry Ripple and Peach Melba Roulade

Summer Puddings

September 18, 2015

Pudding or Dessert? The definition of the word “dessert” is a sweet course that is served at the end of a meal. It is usually made up of sweet foods, but can also contain other items, such as herbs and cheeses. The term “pudding” has become synonymous with the term “dessert” in the United Kingdom … Read more

Warm double choc hazelnut brownie at Lula in Bridport.

Review: Lula, Bridport – “a palace of delights”

July 27, 2015

Next to the Literary and Scientific Institute in East Street, Bridport, there stands another architecturally distinctive building. Upstairs, it houses a chamber of horrors (a dentist’s); downstairs, a palace of delights – Lula. I’d heard a lot of good things about Lula, but what finally persuaded me to visit was a recommendation from both my … Read more

Picnic Time with Yarn Magazine

Pack up a Picnic!

July 22, 2015

June and July are the best months for picnics. With any luck you get a run of those glorious hot days when the sky is as blue as jay’s wing and the countryside is green and lush. There are no wasps yet to bother you and the birds are still singing in the woods.

Vintage botanical

Vintage & Home

A bumper botanical bonanza!

Bright green palm leaves, swaying against a gentle breeze; peonies bursting out in bloom; the smell of freshly cut grass — it’s all deliciously relaxing.

Very much at the heart of our green and pleasant land, we British have always loved botanicals: on our walls and upholstery, framed or on frocks, we are instantly captivated by plants and flowers.

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Sarah Jane Wilson meanders down the path through the garden of earthly vintage delights. Read on…

Arts & Crafts

Marshwood Vale by Kerrie Ann Gardner

Visions of West Dorset with Kerrie Ann Gardner

July 31, 2015

Landscape photographer and artist Kerrie Ann Gardner has captured plenty of stunning images so far this year. Yarn Magazine’s Stephen Banks popped into her Tytherleigh cottage for a chat

Druilde Door, by Rena Gardiner, in a new book about her work, Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker

Burrowing into Dorset’s Landscape

July 22, 2015

Of all the 50 or so books now published by Little Toller Books (based in Toller Fratrum near Maiden Newton) the handsomest so far is arguably Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker. Within days of this book appearing in late April, copies were being advertised online for £50; its cover price is £20.

Terence Stamp in the 1967 film classic Far From the Madding Crowd

In the midst of the Madding Crowd once again

May 1, 2015

With the classic 1967 film of Far from the Madding Crowd being re-released this spring as well as a completely new version in cinemas from 1 May, it seems that once again Dorset is under the spell of Thomas Hardy’s novel The Yarn loves John Schlesinger’s romantic 60s romp starring Julie Christie, Terence Stamp and … Read more

Wellbeing & Environment

Messages on a wall of the Harmony Drop-in Centre, Bridport

Harmony Drop-in centre: “A dream come true”

July 24, 2015

Press the bell in the lobby of 5 Downes Street in Bridport, announce yourself, and climb the stairs. There’s a buzz of conversation, a table full of a cheerful collection of mugs, a tin of chocolate biscuits and an iced cake and a tantalising aroma of simmering soup holding the promise that lunch isn’t far … Read more

Yoga review of Alice Chutter's class in The Ballroom at The Bull Hotel, Bridport

Yoga Review – Alice Chutter

July 24, 2015

Alice Chutter, Ballroom at The Bull Hotel, Bridport (Tuesdays, 7:30-9pm, £7.50) Tel: 07528 575907. Email: yoga@alicechutter.com. Website: www.alicechutter.com Alice’s popular Vinyasa class, in the elegant surroundings of The Bull Hotel’s Ballroom, is a wonderful one-and-a-half hour retreat.

YOGASPACE in Bridport - Yarn Magazine yoga review

Yoga Review – YOGASPACE

July 23, 2015

YOGASPACE, Bridport, various classes (including Vinyasa Flow, Fridays, 12-1pm, £8) Tel: 01308 424161 / 07792 056019. www.yogaspacebridport.com We are lucky to have so many special spaces in Bridport, and now we can add a dedicated yoga studio to the list! As befits a yoga studio in Bridport, it looks out directly to Colmer’s Hill.

Business News

The Eeles family in their pottery shop at Mosterton.

The Eeles Family Pottery: “so nice and so different”

August 14, 2015

Yarn Magazine are saddened to hear of the passing of David Eeles on Monday, 21st September 2015. His funeral will be held at Yeovil Crematorium, 11:20am on Thursday 1st October. All are welcomed. No flowers or dark clothing. David’s ashes will be laid to rest at Sutton Bingham burial ground at a later date. It … Read more

Former bricklayer Ricky Austin now runs Alice's Bear Shop.

How Alice’s Bear Shop teaches Lyme Regis the bear necessities

August 14, 2015

You might think you could find no higher form of cuddly twee than a teddy bear shop in Lyme Regis, but once you know that Alice’s owner, Rikey Austin, began her career as a bricklayer in the Black Country before moving into writing and illustrating books for children, it becomes clear that there is more … Read more

Jenny Eagles of the Owl and Pyramid bookshop in Seaton.

“Full of treasure”: The Owl and Pyramid bookshop in Seaton

July 31, 2015

In search of a good book, Dorothy discovers the Owl and Pyramid bookshop in Seaton. I went to see the new children’s bookshop which has opened in Seaton. Now, I don’t normally go to Seaton so I had no idea what it was like. When I went I found it was friendly, cheerful and quiet, … Read more

The Rogue’s Yarn

Henry Peek.

A Peek at the family who built the Rousdon estate

July 27, 2015

Henry Peek – who transformed the cliff-top parish of Rousdon near Lyme Regis – was an unusual man. He held the record for exhibiting the heaviest bunch of bananas ever grown in the UK; it weighed 97lbs. He introduced school dinners, to improve children’s health and their capacity for learning, 70 years before the Government … Read more

Millsy (left) with his friend Paul White, the builder, at the Whitchurch, Morcombelake and Ryall Flower Show

Millsy’s Jacket

July 23, 2015

I needed a nail; a nice long nail so I could make a crucifix-style armature on which to build a scarecrow. Not only was I feeding my 11 hens, I was also nourishing a fine population of crows. Jeff recommended that scarecrows are an effective, humane solution and Jeff is always right.

BurntOut Theatre's performance of Muscovado at Bridport Arts Centre

Play brings back echoes of Dorset’s slaving past

July 23, 2015

Bridport Arts Centre recently hosted a performance of Muscovado by BurntOut Theatre, a scorching new play about slavery in 19th-century Barbados. Described as “a heady mix of sexual intrigue, piercing choral music and extreme racial tension”, the production offered an unflinching portrayal of life on a sugar plantation in 1808. Several West Dorset families made … Read more

It Happened to Me

John Fowles with James Crowden

The novelist who came for tea

July 30, 2015

I was in a bookshop in Ilminster, Paragon Books, the one that was owned by Chris Chapman, who also owned the bookshop in Lyme Regis, Serendip. Sadly Chris is no longer with us, but both bookshops are still flourishing. He passionately believed in local authors and local books. I got on well with Chris and … Read more

Wild Boar photo by Ben Locke — www.benlocke.co.uk

Midnight at the crossroads

July 23, 2015

It was late and the night was sharp and still. The car headlights kindled frost fires in the black hedgerows as we turned off the Maiden Newton road, wiggled around the radio station and plunged down the side of Toller Down heading for Powerstock. We bumped over the Kingcombe dogleg, car wheels spinning loose flints … Read more

Peace at Plenty - Jo Kemp's 'It Happened to Me' at Plenty Cottage, Whitchurch Canonicorum

Peace at Plenty

June 30, 2015

My mother only usually rang when she wanted something but this time it was different: “Jo dear, it’s got a four-oven Aga — and a cellar!”

What’s On

The Hag of the Land by Jade Moon

Are You Ready to Meet the Hag of the Land?

July 24, 2015

Storytellers from the Wood Sisters in Totnes will be performing versions of the “loathly lady” myth at Bridport Arts Centre’s Story Café on 24 July, 7:30pm. Lisa Schneidau, Ronnie Conboy, Sue Charman and musician Laura Salmon have spent many years working with myth and music in the belief that stories can change our lives.

Evershot Country Fair in full swing

Are you going to Evershot Fair?

June 5, 2015

The roots of Evershot Country Fair go deep. Its origin dates to 1286 when a charter was granted by Edward I. Lee Wicks discovers how many of the customs and practices can be seen in its modern descendant. A fair was an important trading and social occasion in the rural calendar and it combined serious … Read more

A netting factory in Bridport Copyright: Bridport Museum

Bridport’s Ropewalk Fair binds past and present

May 8, 2015

Held for the first time last year, the 2015 Ropewalk Fair from Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May exists to highlight Bridport’s unique rope-making past and to celebrate the town’s current netting industry. Events are being held across Bridport, with a family fun day on the Millennium Green at Mountfield on Sunday. It also … Read more