Draycott Diaries

Podcast

An insight into rural life.

Latest Episode

028 Draycott’s Version of BBC Radio4’s ‘The Listening Project’

Tiggi and Ella chat about their guide dogs Jackie and Rio. How their lives have become enriched with assistance from their canine pals. However, the road to enlightenment never runs completely smoothly!

A gentle and amusing conversation between two friends sharing in the joys and tribulations of life with sight loss and unpredictable dogs.

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Tiggi, lives in a gorgeous Somerset village . Always on the move with her assistance dog Jackie, she pops in along the way to see friends and chat about community and life. Everybody has an untold story and Tiggi’s on a mission to dig them out !

Recent Episodes

026 Sight Loss – Courage and Endeavour

026 Sight Loss – Courage and Endeavour

This is a very moving life story.

Ella Caulfield is an extraordinary young lady.

Living with partial sight loss as a child growing up was a massive challenge. In 2015 fate administered another bitter blow.

Ella has encountered many extreme challenges throughout her young life. However, a new friend Rio, her guide dog, has joined her family and support group.

Ella gave me the privilege of listening to her life story.

At only 20 years old and against all the odds her future looks bright!

020 The Draycott Milliner

020 The Draycott Milliner

Chloe is one of the top 20 British hat designers. Awarded this lofty title thanks to her ethical approach to making hats.

Tiggi wants to find out how it all started. From humble beginnings making fascinators for friends weddings, Chloe now designs and makes stylish, sophisticated and beautiful hats. All from reclaimed materials.

With several acclaimed collections under her belt Chloe looks to the future with her new brand ‘Chloe Haywood London’.

A wonderful life story of creative ambition sprinkled with spangly fun!

0016 Draycott Dynamite

0016 Draycott Dynamite

1917, Star Wars and James Bond.  Just a few of the feature films Charlie Adcock and his team at Event Horizon have worked on.

From an early age Charlie wanted to blow things up!  Inspired by the gift of a tiny amount of Potassium Nitrate, his  life passion began, making explosives bend to his will.  Currently he has workshops in Somerset and Cornwall.  Life is rarely still these days for Charlie.

After squeezing past a BL 755 cluster bomb in Charlies hallway, Tiggi arrived in the safety of his kitchen. She finds out all about the early years, firing giant fireworks from Cheddar Church, and his most spectacular explosions to date!

015 Draycott Strawberries and Cream

015 Draycott Strawberries and Cream

This time I chat to Seagers, who are strawberry growers providing some of the highest quality fruit in Draycott.

Father and son combo, Andrew and Chris, talk about :-

  • their strawberries
  • the use of bees for pollination
  • the ups and downs of farming life.

Most importantly they tell me what community means to them.

I am also astounded by the revelation that they once had a surprise visitor to the village – but not in human form!


014 Draycott Willow Artist

014 Draycott Willow Artist

Willow is synonymous with the Somerset levels and Draycott Moor.

Sophie Courtiour is by definition a willow artist, but Tiggi finds out she is so much more.

A single mother who built her own eco home, surviving artic weather living in a tent during the build. Having no art training but needing an income, Sophie made hurdles in hazel, which lead to willow.

This is a story of courage, love and hidden talent.

Meet The Hosts

Tiggi

Tiggi

Jackie

Jackie