Aug 042014
 


  • Great food, service and atmosphere…..
    Just back from a lovely lunch at The Cricketers and it didn’t disappoint, in fact it was the freshest, beautifully cooked pub food I have had in a long while…fantastic! We sat outside in the sunny beer garden and the tables were filling up quickly. Steve had one of the famous pies (pork and beef today) and it was just sensational with crisp, homemade short crust pastry. Presented beautifully it came with a decent serving of veg (buttered new potatoes, peas, beans, carrots and mange tout.) I chose the Cod in Beer batter which was cooked perfectly, served with a generous serve of crisp, golden chips and a lovely mixed leaf salad, along with tatare sauce and fresh lemon….extremely good (and I was pleased I missed breakfast and walked the dog up Melbury Hill this morning!!) The menu is so reasonably priced, not over complicated and many daily specials were on offer on the blackboard inside. We drank wonderfully chilled Stowford Press Cider and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff are wonderful, a breath of fresh air really…so polite and the attention to detail is just fantastic (our plates were cleared in no time with a friendly smile)….but all good things must come to an end, but we will be back again soon!!! Magic place.

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Dec 162013
 

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This year we have bought a 10 foot Christmas tree and it looks so amazing, standing tall in the barn at Compton Abbas in Dorset.  It is adorned with glass snow flakes/stars and the fairy lights and tinsel give it a silvery glow….we love it!

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Let the decorating begin!…..Steve pictured here with our 10 foot Christmas Tree and some of his home made glass decorations.

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Steve’s beautiful fused glass star adorns the top of our Christmas Tree.

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Basil the Labrador loves our tree too!!…..too much as he started eating the branches!!

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Steve’s glass snow flakes cover the entire tree……

 

May 012013
 

How much do I love Dorset?  So very much and I will make the most of the gorgeous sunny weather we are having today, with a walk from Brynmor Acres down into Cerne Abbas, taking in part of the Wessex Ridge way and magnificent countryside views.  It’s around 9kms round trip, perfect distance before lunchtime.  Unfortunately Steve is still limping from an achilles tendon strain, so I’m on my own again!

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Leaving Brynmor Acres

Perfect conditions for a long walk with full sun and only a slight breeze…..beautiful.  Bring on the vitamin D!

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Back to Brynmor Acres, Cerne Abbas, Dorset

 

 

May 012013
 

Steve enjoyed a great Birthday lunch last weekend at the Greyhound Inn, Sidling St. Nicholas in Dorset.  It was gorgeous sunny day, but a little too cool to sit outside!

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The Greyhound Inn, Sidling St. Nicholas, Dorset

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Tubs, pots and hanging baskets with spring flowers are a lovely greeting at the Greyhound Inn, Sidling St. Nicholas

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Steve with Gina and Ken who were visiting from Florida, in the Conservatory at The Greyhound Inn, Sidling St. Nicholas, Dorset. I promise Ken was not asleep for the entire lunch!

 

We booked a table in The Conservatory which was lovely….we ate in this wonderful, bright and airy room when Steve’s mum Gina and husband Ken were visiting recently from Florida.  I love this place, it has a great atmosphere and the food is pretty good.  Advisable to book though as it can be quite busy, especially on the weekends.

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The Greyhound Inn Blue Vinny Wellington, a vegetarian delight!

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Buttery garlic french bread at the Greyhound Inn, Sidling St. Nicholas

I chose a scallop and bacon salad (scallops were cooked to perfection) and Steve had a Blue Vinny Wellington.  Tender vegetables were wrapped in philo pastry and served on a bed of Blue Vinny sauce.  He thought there could have been a little more blue cheese flavour in the sauce, but other than that, cooked and presented beautifully.  We ordered a side of lovely green veg and french garlic bread.

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The scallop and bacon salad at The Greyhound Inn was wonderful

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Water served with fresh orange and lime is fantastic

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Flowers on the tables and throughout the Greyhound are a beautiful, fresh touch

This is a great country pub in a pretty village, down the hill from Brynmor Acres.  If only they left there doors open on a Saturday afternoons as it would be great to walk down and back to Brynmor for a pint!

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The Greyhound has a great selection of real ales and are very well kept too.

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Happy Birthday Brownie Cake for Steve!

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The sun is shining today, which has been rare lately, but I’m making the most of it.  I’m walking from Brynmor Acres to Sydling Saint Nicholas and back, just before lunch.  It is a spectacular walk with picture perfect vistas in every direction.  The hill back to Brynmor is a killer, but definitely worth the effort!

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looking back towards Sydling Saint Nicholas and fields beyond…..

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Nov 112012
 

Blue cheese is my favourite cheese, a close second is the well ripened Pont L’Eveque.  Steve secretly bought some of this luscious cheese for me for my Birthday while driving through Crewkerne the other day.  Wonderful treat…..thank you!!!

Dorset Blue Vinney Cheese.....a Birthday surprise!

Dorset Blue Vinny Cheese…..a Birthday surprise!

This traditional blue cheese is made near Sturminster Newton, in Dorset.  It was a rather common farmhouse cheese  for a few hundred years, but production of this favourite cheese of mine dried up in 1970 and it eventually became extinct.  Woodbridge Farm in Dorset revived this lovely old recipe in the 1980′s and lucky for me, it is now producing the cheese again.  Thank you Mike Davies from Woodbridge Farm!  Produced from the milk from his own herd of Friesian Cows.  I believe this cheese was Thomas Hardy’s favourite too!

It has a wonderful strong, long lingering taste and because it’s made from skimmed cow’s milk, it is lower in fat than the traditional Stilton cheese.  I love it served with some finely sliced onion or even better, a little quince jelly with crusty bread or a cracker…..along with a glass of red wine to cut the richness.  A marriage made in heaven in my opinion.

Friesian cows in Dorset make wonderful cheese

Friesian cows in Dorset make wonderful cheese

 

Nov 082012
 

After a days rest walking 20 miles (around 32kms) on the South West Coast Path, we decided today we would walk one of our favourite stretches of this Jurassic Coastline.

Livestock everywhere on the South West Coast Path

Livestock everywhere on the South West Coast Path

We started off just as the sun was rising, a beautiful sight on a rather frosty clear morning.  I wasn’t expecting to see so many cows taking over the path!  They are quite harmless stupid creatures.  As long as you don’t disturb them or go near their calves, the are OK.

Frost covering a welcome seat on the way to Golden Cap

Frost covering a welcome seat on the way to Golden Cap

Feeling like mountain goats again, we made our way up some decent slopes to Golden Cap.  It was a stunning bright morning.

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Signs on the way to Golden Cap

It was a very wet summer in England this year and the rainfall has continued into the Autumn, causing many landslides on the south coast due to the unstable, damp ground.

The top of Golden Cap in Dorset

The top of Golden Cap in Dorset

We made it to the highest point on the south coast, Golden Cap in Dorset.  Well worth the steep climbs for sure.  We added a rock to the pile that someone had started and headed down into Seatown.

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Looking back towards Golden Cap on our way to Seatown

We love this part of the world.  The steep climbs and descents along this section of the South West Coast Path require some level of fitness otherwise one will find it quite demanding.

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Seatown beachfront in Dorset

Seatown beach was our half way mark and after fuelling up with water and an energy bar (my home made muesli bars) we were off back up to Golden Cap and on to Charmouth.  Nine miles (14.5 kms) wasn’t a bad start to the day!

Walking down Stonebarrow Lane into Axmouth....whew!!

Walking down Stonebarrow Lane into Axmouth….whew!!

What a great relief to reach Stonebarrow Lane…..all down hill now from here into Axmouth and back to the cottage in Seaton.

 

 

 

Jul 262012
 

The Fox Inn is a lovely thatched pub, situated in the rural hamlet of Corscombe.  A stream runs through the village and in the summertime it’s lovely to sit outside with a cool beverage and watch the ducks mucking about  in the water.

The Fox Inn at Corscombe, Dorset.

The Fox Inn at Corscombe, Dorset.

I highly reccommend The Fox Inn at Corscombe if you are anywhere around this part of Dorset.  Whether it’s just for a quick pint or to sample their lovely Sunday lamb roast.