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Coast & Countryside
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.
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.
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
Food & Drink
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
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
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 & 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.
Sarah Jane Wilson meanders down the path through the garden of earthly vintage delights. Read on…
Arts & Crafts
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
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.
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
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.
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
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