Encounters with Otters

The first time I saw an otter in the wild was on a walk. I couldn’t believe seeing this beautiful creature on a path and was mesmerised by its appearance. So, when I saw a sign to the Otters and Butterflies in Buckfastleigh, Devon, I couldn’t resist a visit. Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies is…

The Perfect Gin and Tonic

It was William of Orange who introduced gin to England when he came to the throne in 1688. Overnight the nation turned into a country of gin drinkers as it grew in popularity. In 1793 the Blackfriars Distillery started making gin for the Royal Navy. In those days gin was served for officers and was…

The Sound of the Bells at Cullompton

I had just finished a meeting with colleagues in the Devon town of Cullompton and was preparing to drive away when the clock tower chimed 12. I stood and listened as the most uplifting tune rang out across the town- and I knew I just had to take a look inside the church. St Andrew’s…

Walking in South Devon

The South West Coastal Footpath is 630 miles long. I plan to walk the entire length in stages.

Weekending in North Devon

The first time I saw the jagged black and foreboding cliffs at Hartland Quay in North Devon my heart leapt at the sheer beauty, This is dramatic scenery at its very best with rock formations slammed together, jagged teeth like reefs stretching into the sea to trap unsuspecting ships, and a relentless wind howling around…