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…

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…

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…

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?                                       …

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…

Yeovil Creatives

Yeovil Creatives are an innovative bunch of writers and artists. They use the Hub – a cafĂ© and scrapstore on Pen Mill trading estate – as one of their meeting places. I recently went to see a private view there of the work of the very talented Esther Jeanes. Esther is one of the mums…

Ferne Animal Sanctuary, near Chard

This is a beautiful place, it’s a bit tricky to find through country lanes, so a sat nav would be handy. Ferne is a charity, so every penny goes to supporting the animals that you are going to see. The entry fees are reasonable and I have also been tempted to buy the annual pass,…

Ham Hill

Ham Hill has a special place in my heart. As a teenager, I used to hang out here with my college friends around the BBQ area, watching the green and orange fire flies light the sky in the evening. Ham Hill is situated above the village of Stoke Sub Hamdon, with amazing widespread views across…

Lunasana yoga

A year or so ago, I had a conversation with my friend Rachael, about her dream of running yoga classes in the open air in Ninesprings. Now, here we are a year later and Rachael is a fully trained yoga instructor with classes in Yeovil two evenings a week, a monthly yoga workshop and ‘Park…