My Dorset adventure has begun!

Well that was a longer break from blogging than I anticipated. We moved house about 7 weeks ago and it took nearly that long to get the broadband connected.  Since then the laptop has done a load of updates and finally seems to be happy to work again. To say there was a bit of a hiccup with the broadband installation is putting it mildly, it was annoying but I don’t want to get into the long boring story of what went wrong. Everything else with the move went smoothly and we’ve been settling into our new jobs and starting to explore the area.

So far I’m enjoying the complete change of lifestyle, and even though working in a greengrocers is physically demanding, I feel better than when I was sat at a desk all the time and am definitely stronger. At the start an 18kg box of bananas was off limits until I built up a bit of muscle but now I can shift a few 25kg sacks of spuds. I’m even getting used to the early mornings, I’d never thought of myself as a morning person before but there is one advantage to starting work at 7am and that’s seeing the sun rise whilst setting up the stall outside the shop. There have been some pretty spectacular sunrises over the past few weeks, this photo was taken on 10th October.

Sunrise in Bridport October 2015

When we’ve not been working there have been several trips to the beach with the camera, we took it in turns last time to take photos on a gloriously sunny day and it looks like I’m not the only wannabe photographer in this relationship now.


We stayed on the beach long enough last time we went with the camera to see the sun setting over Lyme Regis, a stunning sight.

Sunset at West Bay

I’ve been playing around with my camera quite a lot lately, there’s just so much beautiful scenery here a short walk from our new flat, much nicer than where we were before. On Sunday 1st November the day started out grey and foggy but by lunchtime the sun had come out again and was casting brilliant reflections on the water so I grabbed the camera and went for a walk along the river that runs at the bottom of our garden. I decided to try out the black and white setting and these are just a couple of my favourite shots.

River Asker, Bridport

River Asker, Bridport

I’ve not just been wandering around taking photos of everything on my days off, I’ve also been working on a bunch of new recipes. Being surrounded by fresh food everyday at work has filled me with so many ideas for new recipes that it’s been a bit overwhelming. I get genuinely excited when we get the first box of a new seasonal fruit or vegetable, I’ve also helped to expand the range of the other foods that we sell, such as grains, flours, oils etc which has been great fun. Another exciting development is the launch of the new cheese counter in the shop which is happening very soon. I went on a course with the Guild of Fine Food recently to learn all about selling cheese and I got to taste over 40 different types. A cheese lovers dream day out.

This means that as well as coming up with new ideas for cooking seasonal fruit and vegetables, I’ll be cooking with a greater variety of cheeses too which has to be a good thing. Just to whet your appetites, here’s a sneak preview of the recipes that will be coming up on the blog over the next couple of weeks. I’m not telling you what they are though, see if you can guess from the photos!


And as well as writing up my new recipes I need to tell you all about my trip to River Cottage and the Food Blogger Connect conference. Both of these events happened a week after I moved house which probably wasn’t the best timing but it was so much fun getting to meet loads of my blogging friends in real life. Some of whom I’ve been chatting to online since the very early days of my blog nearly 4 years ago.

It’s been an exciting couple of months and it feels good to be back online again, now I’m off to catch up with what my favourite food bloggers have been up to. I’m sure I’ve missed all sorts of interesting things.

  • Keep Calm and Fanny On
    November 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Exciting times, look forward to reading all about it!
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    • Jen
      November 9, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Very exciting 🙂

  • Lisa
    November 9, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Yay! You are back!! Dorset looks beautiful! I cannot wait to visit you sometime! I am also looking forward to your new recipes!!
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    • Jen
      November 9, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      It’s so lovely down here, you definitely need to come and visit!

  • Janice
    November 9, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I did miss you Jen, glad you are back and with so much enthusiasm. When I was farming full time I felt much the same about being fit and being able to heft bales of hay and straw around. I struggle now I am desk bound and the gym has no appeal. Looking forward to all your photographs and new recipes.
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    • Jen
      November 9, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      I am gym phobic! Working in a cinema before I started the PhD kept me fit, lots of running up and down stairs but then I got lazy. Feels good to be active again 🙂

  • lisa
    November 9, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Fantastic, what an inspiration you’ve had a change of lifestyle. I would love to do the same, and it really does look idyllic where you are now. I look forward to those recipes! xx
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  • Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    November 10, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Great to see you back blogging! I just moved to Dorset and love being by the sea.
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  • Camilla
    November 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Fab pictures Jen so glad you’re enjoying ypur new adventure and look forward tl your new posts:-)
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  • Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    November 12, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Look forward to your new recipes, the photos are great too
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  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    November 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Great to hear that you are settling in nicely in Dorset. It is one of my favourite parts of the UK, so I am very jealous.
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  • Sarah James
    November 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Glad to see you back blogging Jen. What a beautiful place to move to & you certainly sound like you’re enjoying your new job. Look forward to seeing more fab photos & your recipes too 🙂
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