Cat talks creativity!

Cat kindly spoke to me about starting her business and the path that lead her there. She has many different passions including horses, home grown veg, her little boy, and of course her creative pursuits. She was given a great business tip – to focus on one speciality. If you’ve ever wondered about arm knitting…

Motherhood!

In honour of Mothers’ Day I’ve written a post about my experience of being a mum… I put off getting pregnant til I was creeping up on 30. I knew motherhood would be the most important and most challenging job that I would ever commit to and so I wanted to wait til I felt…

The grass is greener in Somerset

I moved back to Somerset in 2018 with my husband and three kids, then aged one, three and five. We had been away for a decade and over that time lived in central Southampton, Warminster, Salisbury and then a suburb between Southampton and Winchester. We finally decided to move home after discussing this on and…

Martyn talks Photography!

I’m really pleased to post this interview with Sheptonian photographer Martyn. He is generous with his advice about how to take good photos. He also shares the story of his remarkable birth, and paints a picture of his visits to the Mendip town of Priddy that is just wonderful. Have you lived in Somerset all…

Local hero – William Dampier

Who was William Dampier? If I asked the question who was the first English explorer to set foot in Australia you may well say James Cook. Well, you’d be wrong. It was actually William Dampier 80 years before Cook, who was born in the South Somerset village of East Coker in 1651. William Dampier was…

Schools out! holiday activities for kids

I hope you enjoy my list of things to do in South Somerset for kids – it all takes a bit of research to find activities, especially budget friendly ones and some indoor ones for when it’s raining, here goes! Ham Hill events There are some really fun events for kids, run from the ‘rangers…

Rachael talks yoga!

Rachael of Lunasana Yoga, talks teen anxiety, growing a business from scratch, yoga at dusk in the Somerset countryside and why her boys love downward facing dog! What is it about yoga that you most love?                                       …

Hakuna Matata

We all know the Swahaili phrase “Hakuna Matata” made popular by the 1994 film “The Lion King”. I’ve come to realise that no worries for the rest of my days just ain’t gunna happen for me, this blog post takes a personal turn and ties in with “Time to talk day”. Every now and again…

Things I love about Somerset

I hope you enjoy my thoughtful list about what makes Somerset shine! The countryside Having lived in Hampshire and Wiltshire I have to say the countryside here in Somerset seems to me more unspoilt and more easily accessible, particularly from where we lived in Hampshire. Where I grew up, in East Coker, it was easy to…

Glastonbury Tor

We loved our trip to Glastonbury Tor. I have only visited the Tor a few times, even though this beautiful jewel in the crown of Somerset is located so nearby! I always assumed that ‘Tor’ was the little tower on top, but actually it means ‘a hill or a rocky peak’, and the roofless Grade…

Esther talks art!

I was lucky enough to interview the incredibly talented artist, Esther Jeanes who lives in South Somerset and works from a studio in Dorset. Esther paints local beauty spots, both well known and undiscovered. Where did you grow up and what are your favourite memories of it? I grew up in Crewkerne and Rampisham, I still…

An American flavour in Yeovil!

Yeo Leisure Park is a thriving part of Yeovil. It’s great to see so many people enjoying this part of town, particularly as the high street is doing less well with many closures. When I was growing up I’d have loved to come here to the bowling or the multi screen cinema. This corner of…