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…

Two of the best beaches near to me!

Living as I do in South Somerset, I’m actually really close to the Dorset border and I live a stones throw from the town of Sherborne in Dorset. It just so happens that the beaches nearest to where I live are in our neighbouring county. If you are staying in South Somerset and fancy a…

The Newt in Somerset, Bruton

I was really intrigued to visit The Newt, which had been recommended to me by a friend. It’s actually a mere 12 miles away from where I live now and where I grew up so it’s interesting that I’d never heard of it (more on that later). Bruton is accessible by train and is famous…

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…

6 reasons to visit East Coker

I was lucky enough to grow up in the pretty village of East Coker. When I was younger I didn’t always see it that way, and it seemed a long way into the nearest town, although Yeovil is only three miles away. One thing I always have loved is being connected to nature, I used…

The perfect woodland winter walk

The woodland of Yeovil Country Park makes for a fabulous walk anytime of year. But there’s something about getting a breath of icy fresh air at Christmas time which is really special. For me, Christmas day is for hibernating, eating and drinking! By Boxing Day (which is also my birthday) it feels good to venture…

Yoga by candlelight

Yesterday evening I went to a class run by Lunasana Yoga, aka my good buddy Rachael, in Westfield School Hall, Yeovil. It was such a serene, peaceful thing to do in the run up to Christmas. Rachael sussed that everybody would be feeling tired and frazzled in the run up to Christmas so the yoga…

Two of the best play parks set in the Somerset countryside

Being a mum of three little ones, I have been to a lot of play parks over the last six years! I have to say, these two parks are two of my favourite – both safe and enclosed – and so beautifully set in the heart of the Somerset countryside. Hardington is a small village…