A trip back to East Coker

I borrowed the book “Footsteps from East Coker”, written by journalist David Foot, from Yeovil Library. David was born in 1929 and grew up in Verandah Cottage, opposite the Helyar Arms (then the New Inn). East Coker is a small village in Somerset, close to the Dorset border so I imagine the following reflections of…

Word therapy

Is there such a thing as word therapy? Can arranging letters in a certain order be powerful enough to soothe our past, present and perception of the future? I believe that the answer to this is yes. Words can soothe, direct and heal us. In the current world climate it has to be OK to…

The story of Ninesprings

How many towns do you know that have a country park right at their heart? Yeovil Country Park is 127 acres, it has five main areas, with Ninesprings being the most popular and accessible part. Ninesprings includes a woodland hillside, grassy area and water. Within Ninesprings there is a large Victorian pleasure gardens (according to…

Katy talks cakes!

Have you ever wondered what flavour a hummingbird cake is? Well, here’s a lady who can create all of your favourite, traditional flavours and introduce you to a few new ones! In this interview Katy talks about her love of baking from a young age, and the magic ingredients of time and patience needed to…

Life in the slow lane

We’ve been living a very simple, local existence in lockdown. At the weekends we go exploring in the country lanes that I probably would never have explored. Here’s a few country walks we’ve discovered in Yeovil, off the beaten track. 1. Placket Lane. Just before Yeovil Road turns into Sandhurst Road there’s a country lane…

The mystery of primrose cottages

Do you ever wonder what mysteries might be surrounding the places that you know and love? This story concerns Ilchester Road, the road that runs adjacent to Yeovil College off the Fiveways Roundabout (aka College Roundabout). The bottom of Ilchester Road was the site of a small terrace of six cottages set high up on…

Cream teas and chasing waterfalls

These days (lockdown aside!) you can get a really great cup of coffee in the beautifully furbished and family friendly cafe at NinespringsĀ  near to Goldenstones swimming pool. Visitors to Ninesprings have been accustomed to treating themselves, there was once a thatched cottage where the inhabitants served cream teas. It was located in a tranquil…

Looking for treasure

This post is all about unexpected joys in difficult times; looking for treasure in the dirt. Here are a couple of stand out moments of lockdown life that I’ll remember with fondness. 1. Digging for victory Very early on in the lockdown, my youngest girl decided she’d like to go digging for treasure. There was…

Best quotes about where I live

How would you describe the place you live? I have stumbled across a few quotes recently that described Somerset and specifically Yeovil. The first one evokes the mood of Somerset so beautifully and makes me think of how connected I have always felt to the countryside specifically here. 1. The prolific American writer John Steinbeck…

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…