The Flax into Linen Project – Part One

Turning flax into linen is this summer’s spinning and weaving project. Flax is the fibre that comes from the plant Linum usitatissimum. Once it has been processed and spun (and then woven) it becomes linen. The aim of this project  – which could be subtitled ‘Yet more adventures in spinning and weaving.’  is to take…

Swedish Crisp Rolls

Swedish Crisp Rolls are delicious. Delicious topped with just about anything. Of course they are available in the shops. But the challenge here was to make them at home. Hunting down a recipe wasn’t so easy, there are plenty for crispbreads (the flat rye kind) but not for these. After a bit of searching they…

A Perfect Dorset Walk around Stoke Abbott

Sometimes the weather is just perfect and it’s time for a perfect Dorset walk. Stoke Abbott is one of those tucked away villages, reached down narrow lanes and holloways, hidden in the folds of the hills. It is spoilt for choice when is comes to picture perfect thatched cottages. This is a favourite walk; a…

Early morning on the Somerset Levels

The Somerset Levels couldn’t be more of a contrast to the soft, rolling hills and valleys of West Dorset. And sometimes a change is as good as a rest. On a warm, sunny holiday weekend it’s a great place for an early morning explore, heading inland when most people are making for the coast. Less…

Lyme Regis – set dressing

Lyme Regis is no stranger to being used as a film location. Here we go again. This time it’s the backdrop to the story of Mary Anning, an early 19th century fossil hunting pioneer who lived in the town. ‘Ammonite’ boasts a star studded cast, including Kate Winslet and Soarsie Ronan. So there’s been a…