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Targets and tapers

Tapering: a training phase where a runner cuts back on their training activity before a big race, giving them an opportunity to rest, recover and mentally prepare. Tapering, Running Buffet-style: not doing much of anything at all in preparation for nothing whatsoever (no race, big or otherwise). Some would call it laziness. I prefer to say that…

Il Vulcano pizza

Going local, down in Acapulco

Sorry, did I say Acapulco? I meant, of course, Ashburton. It’s funny how often those two can become mixed up: one a city and major sea port in Mexico and the other a small market town on the edge of Dartmoor. I’m forever doing it. This post is all about Ashburton, so cast aside images…

Devon Restaurant Month

We may be 20 days into June, but it’s not too late to enjoy Devon Restaurant Month, which is running throughout June. If you are in Devon at any point in June then you are bound to find a restaurant offering a special deal somewhere not too far away from you. Whether it is summer…

Devon Coffee

Choose local

You may have noticed that since starting the Devon A-Z challenge I have become a bit of a sucker for local products and local producers. It would seem that I am not the only one, with the Bishop of Crediton getting in on the act and only shopping locally during this year’s lent, and the followers of the Supporting Local blog…

Cider header

The cider decider

Summer is on its way. Do you know how you can tell? It’s because they have started to advertise barbecues and Magners on the telly. It must mean that driving rain, hailstorms and biblical storms are only a matter of weeks away. But let’s be more optimistic. Let’s say there is a good chance that we’re…

Mmm fudge

A little reminiscing and a lot of fudge

When you think of Devon, what do you think of? The moor, the beaches? Cream teas, perhaps? Fudge? Quite probably. Before I came here to live, Devon was somewhere that we came to on holiday as a family. And one of the holiday treats would be a bag of fudge; eking it out over the course of…

Around Ashburton 7

Spring in my step

One of the best decisions the organisers of the 5×50 challenge have made was to switch from holding the annual challenge in the autumn to the spring. Rather than running up to the last day of British Summer Time, it now starts on the first day of BST and runs for the next 50 days.…