The wonder of walking

The wonder of walking

Since Christmas our book club has been a little obsessed with reading about walking which, along with now having a dog, has inspired me to make 2019 the year I start walking more. The first book we read was Ben Fogle’s book Up, an account of his epic journey up Everest. We all enjoyed the adventure so much we then chose Raynor Winn’s best selling book The Salt Path – a heart-felt account of her wild-camping walk along the...

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Have a book-filled New Year

Have a book-filled New Year

Books and Banter – our book club recommendations We recently celebrated the first anniversary of Books and Banter – the book club I host in the conservatory here at Halsbeer once a month. I asked our members to score the books we had read during the year to find our MUST READS and DON’T BOTHERS of 2018. Our two top reads were ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay, a hilarious and revealing glimpse behind the scenes of...

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Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

Quince Honey Farm, South Molton

Hooray, it’s half term so I thought we’d showcase a great little attraction that is undergoing a metamorphosis soon but I really recommend you catch it in its current incarnation and then visit again next year when it’s in its all new location. There is a lot of buzz, and rightly so, about bees and the threats they face at the moment. They are a vital part of our biodiversity, providing pollination to food plants and wild plants alike...

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A greatest showman of an evening at Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive Space

A greatest showman of an evening at Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive Space

If you are visiting the region this summer and are struggling for things to do with the kids – look no further than Exmouth – the new Queen’s Drive Space is chock full of fantastic food and drink outlets, a spacious and sandy playground, lots of things to see and do, and of course it’s right by the beach. Winner! Most Thursday afternoons during the holidays there are circus workshops being...

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Powderham Castle – “The Home of Devon”

Powderham Castle – “The Home of Devon”

Well that’s it for another school year. Mia and Felix are now officially on holibobs. To kick off the summer holiday we have looked through Primary Times and Devon Life and each listed our top things we would like to do this vacation: they include wild swimming and generally discovering Dartmoor, surfing in North Devon, going underground at Beer Quarry Caves or Kent’s Cavern (or both) and maybe a little trip to Crealy to satisfy Felix’s...

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