Travel Focus UK: Dorset

One of the most beautiful and spectacular places in the UK is the county of Dorset, And whilst we may not all be able to afford to live in the millionaires playground that is Sandbanks, the coastal towns of the Jurassic coast are definitely worth a thought if you are considering a late Summer break.

Dorset offers plenty in the way of accommodation for holiday makers, perfect for both family holidays and romantic breaks for couples. There are holiday camps in Poole and Weymouth, cottages available for rent from Wyke Dorset Cottages and hotels for those who want their every need catered for, and try to avoid washing up when they are on their jollies.

Jurassic Coastline

So what is it that makes Dorset so special? Well first we have to talk about that Jurassic coastline, that 96 miles of coast that stretches from Devon to Dorset and is made up of  of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs, and is a World Heritage Site.  The Jurassic coast is not just a thing of outstanding beauty, for those who love the idea of ancient history and paleontology, the beaches of Lyme Regis are just alive with fossils and was brought to life vividly in the iconic ‘French Lieutenant’s Woman’ by John Fowles, which is as much a love story to Dorset as it is a general love story.


If you are looking for a perfect beach holiday, then you really do need to head to Weymouth, a jewel in the Dorset crown. It is also a lovely traditional seaside town, complete with golden sands, wonderful Georgian architecture along the esplanade and all those signs of seaside life of days gone by, the seaside donkey rides  and Punch & Judy shows.

Broadchurch? You mean West Bay.

Broadchurch has been one of the biggest TV hits of recent years, and many people totally fell in love with the place where it was filmed. But if you look for Broadchurch on a map you will be looking for a long time, because Broadchurch is actually West Bay.

West Bay is stunning, with those famous cliffs that played such a part in the TV series as a backdrop to a white sandy beach. It is a place for an idyllic Summer holiday, certainly with the wonderful sunshine we have been enjoying, and with more on the way it is definitely a contender when it comes to the perfect place to enjoy the sun.

Have you ever visited Dorset?


Your Summer Handbag Lifesavers

I posted a few days ago about my fave Summer bag trends, but what about the essentials that you find yourself carrying in Summer. My bag has a distinctly different feel when it comes to its contents, and I am not just talking about the fact that I have at least three pairs of sunglasses living there. There are other things that I seem to carry, whether I be home or abroad, that will be banished generally once the sun disappears.

Here are the Summer Handbag essentials

The Bag itself. Only one real requirement, it has to be big and roomy enough to carry things like a cardi or shawl, just in case. Topshop is one of my favourite destinations when it comes to choosing a bag, you can check out Topshop reviews for yourself at Britain Reviews so you can make an informed decision. I also love Longchamp bags that are both stylish and practical as they fold down, making them great for packing in your suitcase when traveling.

Haya Snake Effect Hobo Bag
£29.00 Click to visit Topshop

WOVEN Red Tassel Tote Bag
Was £28.00 Now £10.00 Click to visit Miss Selfridge

LONGCHAMP Le Pliage large shopper £80.00
Click to visit Selfridges

Femfresh Wipes

The really hot weather has us worrying more and more about personal hygiene. Femfresh have launched their freshening and soothing wipes in a great travel size packets that will fit easily into your handbags for everyday use, festivals and holidays.

I find these to be a godsend, particularly in toilets that have no paper, they smell really nice and the new packaging is just gorgeous.

Femfresh wipes 25s £1.57 Save £1.58 Was £3.15
Click to visit Boots

Zap-It Mosquito Bite Relief

One of the worst things about going away on holiday is the chance of getting a mosquito bite. These can often be really sore and itch like hell, and definitely mare that perfect tan. Zap-It is a tiny tool that can offer real relief if you suffer a bite, and yet is small enough to attach to your keys.

The Zap-It is a small device which delivers a safe electrical charge onto your bite. This stops the release of the histamine that causes the itching, hence stopping that urge to scratch. You can zap the bite as many times as you like.

Zap-It Mosquito Insect Bite Relief Device £4.10 Click to visit Amazon

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a summer life saver, especially if you are heading out to a festival or are doing the straight from the office to the bar, but your hair needs a pick me up. Batiste have a new range of fragrances that come in travel sizes that will fit into even the smallest of bags.

Batiste will revive your hair, remove some of the greasy residue from the roots and it will smell lovely too. I love the blush fragrance which is really fresh and pretty.

Another good option is a sulfate free shampoo bar. A vegan bar not only smells amazing, but it avoids unnecessary packaging, and can last for ages, making it a really affordable beauty treat that is perfect for traveling and festivals, and also to have on the shelf in your bathroom.

Batiste Dry Shampoo On The Go Blush 50ml £1.50 Click to visit Superdrug

Sleek Vitality Foundation

Many of us wear a lot less make up in Summer, but my skin sometimes suffers from the effects of the sun, with dryness, so it doesn’t necessarily look its best. One of my must haves is the Sleek Vitality Foundation for a couple of important reasons, it is oil free (with an oily t-zone I have no need for more oil on my face), and it is moisturising and adds hydration.

The tube it comes in is great for putting in a zipped compartment in your bag, and the cream offers light to medium coverage, which feels just enough in Summer when you don’t want to put a heavy face on. Sleek Vitality Foundation comes in 24 shades.

Sleek MakeUP Vitality Foundation £8.99 Click to visit Boots

Dentek Floss Picks And Case

Dentek floss picks are great for those who eat out a lot, and want to avoid picking bits of food out of their teeth all day. They come in cute neon cases and not only do they help to remove food and plaque, which can help reduce tooth decay, but they also give a mouthwash blast that helps you to have fresh, minty breath.

Great for traveling, and times when you may not be able to brush your teeth, these are definitely hand bag friendly.

DenTek Floss Pick & Case 4 x cases
£3.00 Click to visit Boots





Looking After Your Lawn

We’ve had the most incredible Summer so far. It has been hot, hot, hot and there are suggestions that it has had the least amount of rainfall in years, which is great news for those taking holidays in the UK, and for the sun worshipers out there, but not such good news for those those who take a real pride in their gardens. Because if there’s one thing that this Summer has ensured, it is that our lawns look parched and dried out.

I went to a car boot sale last week, and the field it was held in was just so dry and hard. But with hose pipe bans in operation in some parts of the country, our beautiful gardens are going to need a lot of TLC when the Summer finally ends. Garden experts Radmore and Tucker have put together some tips on ways you can help your garden regain its best, both right now, and into the Autumn season.

Cutting your Lawn.


You need to avoid cutting your grass too short when it’s very hot, as this can cause the grass to lose its nutrients. A good suggestion is to leave your grass 30mm high and water it if required. You can also use a mulching mower, such as the VIKING 5, 6 and R Series mowers as they provide an ideal natural fertiliser for your lawn. Keep any watering until after the sun has gone down.

And In Autumn

You can actually mow less frequently when the weather is dry and Autumn is the perfect time to fertilise your lawn, particularly if the lawn has been mulched, but be aware that you will not  see the effects until the following Spring. With the last cut of the year, leave the grass slightly higher than normal.

Keep it looking neat and tidy

Remove those weeds that spoil your grassy areas – this does not need to be done with tools, just pull them out by the roots and compost them. If you find you have quite a few weeds, you may need to add some weed killer in specific spots.

Lawn edges need to be kept tidy – straggly edges basically undo all the good work of a neat lawn. A great tip for uniform edges is to use some sort of tool  and then to cut against a plank of wood or for curves, edge along an old hosepipe laid on the ground. This will give you that wonderful straight edge.

Look for Areas of Lawn that has sunk

If some of your lawn has sunk in the heat, you simply need to lift the top layer of grass and add some topsoil to bring the level up in line with the rest of your lawn.

Your garden may look a little desperate at the moment, but it won’t take long to bring it back up to standard.