Athelhampton House

Last week’s Thursday afternoon jaunt was to Athelhampton House, a few miles east of Dorchester at Puddletown. It’s not National Trust so involved handing over cash to get in (a not insubstantial å£13). But if you take the time to snoop into every nook and cranny then it’s worth the entrance fee. The house, complete…

Beaminster Roses

They love their roses in Beaminster. And roses seem to love Beaminster. roses. It’s one of those perfect little market towns, snuggled into the rumpled west Dorset hills. The back streets are charming – lined with neat and pretty cottages and some very elegant, more substantial houses. These dwellings are ideal for climbing roses of…

It’s Apple Blossom Time

Nothing beats apple blossom to say ‘Spring is here!’ So time to see some – orchards full. Back in August last year a hunt for orchards led to Mid Lambrook, just over the the border into Somerset. This trip featured in a previous post. Now it was time to make a return visit. The flowering…