Somerset Shines is 1!

It’s a year since I launched my blog Somerset Shines and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learnt along the way. I started the blog to share my joy in moving back to Somerset with my family just over two years ago. So here are a few tips on starting a blog…

Cupcakes and rainbows

Poppy and Branch are two characters from the Trolls movie. This movie offers so much insight into human nature that I just love watching it with my kids. In one exchange, Branch says to Poppy “The world isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows” Poppy replies “Hey I know it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows but I’d…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The changing colours of Ninesprings

I wrote a few words about Ninesprings a little while ago, and in honour of the New Year it seems appropriate to share them here. Many of us resolve to get more fresh air and exercise and turn a new leaf, and with that in mind, I hope you enjoy this post… I went for…