On Saturday we decided to visit Nunney Castle, as Harry has been doing a project about castles at school. What a lovely little place Nunney is!
We looked round the ruins, which are small, but surrounded by a gorgeous little moat. We ate a picnic by the river, and then had a drink at The George Pub.
It was really nice, as the dogs were welcome in the beer garden , and the kids played hide and seek with some other visitors. We also popped into the lovely church, and fed the ducks. We went by car, but it's possible to catch the 162 towards Frome.
Temperatures soared, and the sun came out just in time for Collett Park cafe's Music in the park on Sunday. It was a perfect family afternoon, with live music from 'Undercover', 50p ice-creams for under 10's, and a bouncy castle for only £2 per 5 minutes.
For the grown -ups there was Thatcher's on offer, jugs of summer punch and wine, but I chose to drink a locally produced 7.5% cider made by Downside Cider & Perry for £3.50 a pint. This may explain why I was a bit worse for wear later in the day,my apologise for the twerking! You can buy this delicious and lethal tipple from Sante Wines in Wells, and The Cider Barn at Draycott.
Apart from the cider, I'm still on a health kick, and trying to get down to Revolution gym as much as possible. I'm loving it.
As published in The Shepton Mallet Journal 21/07/2016
We had a lovely time last Friday at St.Paul's evening BBQ. The sun was shining, the smell of cooking burgers and sweet candyfloss filled the air. In the vast grounds of the junior school, were two bouncy castles, an array of raffles, games, lucky dips , cakes and toy stalls plus a live music stage hosting an inspiring talent contest. With raffle tickets from 20p and cakes from 25p – the boys got a lot for their pocket money. Although I felt awful for Rowan (6) who felt very unlucky – as little brother Harry (4) kept winning on the tombola . Harry came away with a money box, note cards, sweets and a football pen, whilst Rowan sulkily shuffled home with a pencil sharpener.
I tried to cheer him up by explaining that really, he was the lucky one. He'll get to come to St.Pauls every day in September- wheras Harry will have to wait. The next day, I feared a repeat of the 'tombola drama' as we headed over to Croscombe Fun Day & Village Show. I needn't have worried.
This time both boys won a cuddly toy on the St.John's Ambulance stall, had a tasty hot dog each ( free food for under 16's !) played on the timber trail and even got to stroke a new born Shetland Lamb. My mum and I enjoyed looking at the village show entries, and I nibbled some delicious cake samples from 'The Cuckoo's Nest' bakery stall. They had the most mouthwatering cakes and biscuits- including Raspberry Millionaire Shortbread. I did extremely well to resist...for now ;)
As published in The Shepton Mallet Journal 14/07/2016
Cakes from The Cuckoo's Nest
Entertainment at St.Paul's BBQ
This weeks Blog - Revolution Gym & RNAS Yeovilton Air Day
If you love aeroplanes , helicopters, and explosions- like all my boys, then you really have to go to RNAS Yeovilton Air Show. We spent all day there on Saturday, through showers and hot sunshine, it was just an amazing day- well worth the money. There were breath-taking stunts from Rich Goodwin in his eye catching red and white muscle bi-plane, Rafale jets from the French Navy, the stunning Tornado and a tense SAS Commando Assault finale with Apache helicopter attack displays. My advice is to take folding chairs, umbrellas, lots of sandwiches and ear defenders if the kids don't like loud noises.
Later in the week, Wayne and I made a big decision. With us both turning 40 this year – we really must make more of an effort to get fit and healthy. I have been vlogging about my weight loss for almost 3 years atwww.bariatricblogger.weebly.com but embarrassingly I've piled on almost a stone in the last few months.
Wayne needs to shape up for Ninja Warrior Series 3. So we've joined Revolution Gym in the centre of Shepton Mallet.
I was terrified walking up the stairs to the desk, but Scott Hurley, the young gym owner and manager– put my mind at rest.
He's run the place for 5 years, and seen it grow and expand-with hundreds of satisfied members and success stories. He gave us a tour of all the weights and cardio equipment, and we have our induction next week. Wish us luck!
( as published in The Shepton Mallet Journal 07/07/16)
So on Tuesday , Wayne went along by himself for his induction. He finally returned 2 hours later, sweaty but smiling having had an 'awesome session'. He'd done some cardio and loads of weights, and was pretty pumped for his next session.
I, on the otherhand was literally sick with nerves this morning when I went for my induction. Scott is really easy going though, and he made everything seem so simple. I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of 'weight' machines in the main area. There is something for every single muscle - muscles I didn't even know existed! I was gently talked through all the scary looking contraptions, until they no longer freaked me out. Apart from one of the leg presses which genuinely looked like a medieval torture device- and felt like I was being strapped into a roller coaster!
After Scott felt I was ready to have a go on my own- he left me to test my new found gym knowledge. I felt a bit embarrassed though, as I stood on the treadmill for a good 5 minutes- unable to remember how to select a programme, before I sheepishly asked for help!
I did 10 minutes of 'Fat Burn' on both the treadmill and the cross trainer, 5 minutes each on the rowing machine and stationary bike ( whilst watching 'This Morning ' on the telly) before heading over to do some work on my abs, bum, chest and legs.
Things were going pretty well, until I got stuck- legs splayed apart on the Hip Abducter, as I'd forgotten how to close it...ooops!
Incase you are interested - I weighed in at 12st 9lb today - and I am hoping to lose 2st by November ( my 40th birthday!). I also want to tone up, and get into a smaller clothes- and generally have more energy and feel healthier and happier. You can follow my weight loss journey in more detail over at www.bariatricblogger.weebly.com
See you next time!
Ps. It was a bit of a sausage-fest today ( not that I am complaining!) but it would be nice to see more ladies joining up. Pop along to the gym or check out the website http://www.revolutionhealthfitness.com/ guys, gals and couples all welcome. Join the Revolution ;)
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)