Finding new ways to celebrate the seasons

An impressive seasonal display at The Millside Restaurant in Lyme Regis, created by House of Flowers

THE clocks have gone back and autumn is most certainly upon us, with half term practically having come and gone already.

Many youngsters will be looking forward to the Halloween weekend before heading back to school, but things will look a little different this year.

With social distancing and the ‘Rule of Six’ putting a stop to traditional trick or treating and Halloween parties, many are coming up with new ways to celebrate the season.

Lyme Regis is never one to miss out on celebrations of any kind and local traders have pulled out all the stops, with more than 40 businesses signed up for a safe, family-friendly pumpkin trail around the town.

Maps are available to download from the LymeOnline website and I’ve already seen lots of families during the wet half term week trying to spot everything from pumpkin drawings and traditional carved pumpkins up to elaborate shop windows and displays – a bit like carnival’s Spot the Window competition.

One of the most impressive must be the stunning floral display outside The Millside Restaurant, pictured above, put together by local florist Teresa Fowler at House of Flowers.

This free pumpkin trail has been organised by Petrina at the Town Mill and Symphony at Fine Art & Framing in Broad Street, where children in fancy dress will be treated to a bag of sweets from 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm on Halloween (Saturday).

Congratulations to this imaginative pair for ensuring children can still enjoy the Halloween spirit despite the ongoing pandemic!

With the new season comes autumn showers and there was definitely no escaping them on Saturday when a few hardy souls may have spotted me, soaked to the bone walking up and down the seafront, and wondered what on earth I was up to.

I was on my first leg of the ‘Walk the Wall’ challenge, set by my fellow Cancer Research UK fundraiser Anita Routley. The challenge is to walk 20 lengths of Lyme Regis seafront, totalling 15 miles, by the end of the year.

To try and boost my fundraising total I thought I’d get it all done in one weekend – a personal challenge for me as I struggled to walk even one length of the seafront at the beginning of this year due to hip pain.

I managed to complete 10 lengths in the heavy wind and rain on Saturday, and 10 more in much nicer weather on Sunday, when it was great to see a few supportive faces spurring me on.

With so many events having been cancelled for causes of all kinds this year, it was felt good to get out and about and raise some money for my one of my favourite charities.

And talking of personal achievements, thanks to ‘Facebook Memories’ I was reminded that this week marked six years since I was given my first editorship, back in 2014 at the View From Lyme Regis.

What a six years it’s been and what a privilege to have spent it covering Lyme Regis.

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