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Orvis Dog Pawty

On August 2nd dog lovers and their four-footed-friends took shelter from the rain in the Orvis Retail Store situated on Regent Street for the Orvis hosted Dog Pawty. Despite the miserable weather everyone arrived with smiles on their faces and wagging tails, (something which would later be important for a well-rewarded competition of WTPTS or […]

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A Scottish Affair

I love a good party all for a good cause and The Carnell Cup was certainly that. Held at the breathtakingly beautiful Carnell Estate in Ayrshire, The Carnell Cup is a competitive simulated shoot that takes place on the estate with lunch in a marquee. The proceeds of the shoot and the auction were to […]

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Wildlife springs to life in North Devon

Spring has well and truly arrived, and so far the weather in North Devon has been dry and a lot cooler than normal. The primroses are just spectacular lining roadside banks and many woods have beautiful scatterings of wood anemones, wild garlic and a hint of blue where the bluebells are just emerging. This weekend saw […]

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Lady Luck smiles down on the Kimbridge beat

There are few writers who can align fishing with gambling, but Theo Pike’s talents don’t just lie on the riverbank. Having penned a number of successful books on fly-fishing and the environment, including Trout in Dirty Places: 50 rivers to fly-fish for trout and grayling in the UK’s town and city centres and Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing – and […]

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Spring ascends to Highbullen

I will take a risk and say that spring has arrived! The easterly breezes are very welcome here in North Devon, as it means dry and warm weather, and has been over a week since the last rain fall. Although wall to wall sunshine is predicted for the next ten days, winter never seems to […]

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Road Tripping The Aristopractical Way

“People don’t take trips, trips take people” these words from John Steinbeck finely illustrate the way that many Londoners feel when the urge comes to escape the city. Rolling hills, fresh air and roaring country fires call from beyond the suburbs of the big smoke and sometimes it’s a call that’s just too loud to […]

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January snippets from the Devon countryside

What a wet start to the year! I believe we have had just two dry days in January and besides going outside for essentials, feeding sheep, walking dogs and taking a few tentative steps out on the course, I really haven’t taken any more than three good walks. So this blog is only about a […]

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Graceful Grayling on the River Test

Tucked away in Hampshire lies Orvis’ pristine Kimbridge beat. From April onwards, this stretch of the River Test is abundant with keen fishermen and women, ready with their rods to snare a prized trout from the renowned chalkstream. However, back in December it was an entirely different scene.  On a somewhat mild winter morning all […]

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A winter that feels like spring

We hear the latest from Chris Taylor down at Highbullen Hotel in North Devon With the start of the New Year, it’s time to recap over the past couple of months down in Devon. One of the triggers that stimulate spawning is cold weather, and by the beginning of November we had still not had […]

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