Best women’s waterproof trousers of 2021

Every year I overlook this key type of outerwear for the Devon climate. And every year I regret it.  Having traipsed home laden with bags through yet another deluge, my trousers and legs are soaked through, with damp fabric that will need to be peeled off my goosebump-ridden skin. I’ll admit it. I am not…

Devon, The Unexpected British Home of Curried Goat

When you think of curry goat, you are more likely to think of Brixton rather than Brixham! So you can imagine my surprise at seeing goat meat on special at my local Lloyd Maunder butchers in Devon. A culture classic… Growing up, goat meat was very much relished as a delicious traditional Caribbean meal, reminiscent…

Slumbering steam train giants at Paignton Station, Devon

Slumbering giants at Paignton Station, Devon. One of the best things about passing through Paignton (other than watching the marvellous Oystercatchers at Preston)  is the opportunity to pause awhile and take in the steam trains and carriages of the Dartmouth Steam Railway which roommates with the local British Rail station. These stately engines, momentarily retired…

Why we need a Richard Vobes in Devon

I am probably old enough to have enjoyed his CITV show Snug and Cozi on more than one occasion. But Richard Vobes of Worthing, West Sussex, AKA The Bald Explorer is distinguishing himself as one of the UK’s leading vloggers about all things landscape, heritage, and nature. If you have not already encountered his engaging…

Why Lloyd Maunder bacon offcuts will always be in my fridge!

Lloyd Maunder butchers are a Devon staple with locally managed branches right the way across the county from Ilfracombe to Kingsbridge. Their well-stocked counters, along with the delicious aroma of the sausage rolls, baps, and burgers of their cooked food kiosk offer a real West country welcome which is just what you need when you’re…

7 reasons why Craghoppers is the best [outdoor] clothing brand!

If you didn’t know already, I am an ardent fan of Craghoppers clothing, and my family and I will wear it daily in one form or another.  My journey to alighting upon Craghoppers as my preferred clothing brand is littered with the frustrating failures of clothing that were too smart, too casual, inflexible, and flimsy,…