Monday, 12 May 2014

dorset apple cake and the english coast

hello and happy spring!

today i want to share with you some photos from our little holiday to Dorset...

the beautiful countryside near Bridport, which we spent many hours rambling in...


there are a lot of little stalls by the side of the road, honesty boxes they're called (find out more at confessions of a design geek), and we found one nearby selling runner bean chutney - my favourite.


we did actually have reasonably lovely weather, with plenty of blue skies and the occasional heavy shower. the hills and walks were very muddy, and on one particular occasion we had my whole boot stuck in the clay!


we foraged a whole lot of wild garlic from the hedgerows and made a very simple and easy traditional pesto - all hand chopped with walnuts, lemon juice and olive oil. i have been wanting to do this for ages, and it was seriously yummy! we ate it on delicious bread as a starter one night...


Pete made a breakfast with the pesto the following day, adding it to the fried mushrooms towards the end of cooking time. it was a lovely addition to our regular veggie fry-up.


we visited the lovely Lyme Regis for the day, and enjoyed the quirky shops and places to eat. one such place was the Town Mill Bakery, which had the most gigantic cakes and pastries i've ever seen. 


we picked up a granary sourdough that weighed 1400g. massive. it was incredible. i don't eat a lot of baked goods, but when i do, i want them to be spectacular, and this was just perfect.


the cobb at lyme regis has a stunning viewpoint, and the rain held off whilst we strolled along the curved harbour wall.



the following day we strolled around nearby Bridport. one of my favourite places in the whole world. my grandparents used to live nearby, and so we visited frequently. i still try to get there every couple of years... (check out my previous post, an afternoon at the seaside).

when i visit i absolutely have to go to Leaker's Bakery. it's the best place for apple cake, and you can also pick up 'health bars' and spelt croissants.


we took the apple cake down to the seaside for a stroll along the coast to West Bay. the sun shone fantastically, and it was so gorgeous.


you all know how much i love picking wildflowers, and i counted 14 different types of wildflowers along the coastal path, though some were too precariously placed or too small to pick... 


it was a much needed break, and i couldn't think of anywhere more restorative to go!

thank you for reading, i hope you have a very lovely day :)

currently listening to: brave by sara bareilles