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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…