Looking at some holiday snaps and selfies, I was ashamed to see what a state I have get my hair get into. I'm fussy with hairdressers, and since leaving my job at Strode College , where a fabulous final year student Cianni Brooke became my 'go to girl'- I haven't found anyone local who fits the bill. Cianni is still doing hair & beauty, and even came to my home once- but I find it hard to relax with the kids around. I prefer to visit a salon, it's more of a treat.
I'd heard about 'Leanne's Roots' but couldn't quite work out where it was. Finally, I found the Facebook page and worked out that you get to the salon via the street between Lloyds bank and HSBC. My goodness, what a hidden gem !
I went for a cut,colour and condition. Owner and manager, Leanne Lintern is fabulous. The 25 year old local entrepeneur went to Whitstone, before training at Strode College. Amazingly she the worked as an apprentice under Theresa Davies in this actual salon when it was called 'Classic Lines'.
When the opportunity came up for her to take over the lease, she jumped at the chance. Literally, going back to Leanne's 'roots' ! The salon also offers manicures, pedicures and waxing with beautician Michelle Sanders. Check out opening times, prices and special offers here at Leanne's Roots Facebook page
Who is your favourite local hairdresser or beautician?
The state of my hair before ...
The final look...I LOVE it ! Thank you xx
It's my son Rowan's 7th birthday today. I'm feeling very emotional. I still remember the day my pregnancy test said 'positive', those first scary 12 weeks, the following amazing nine months, the traumatic but amazing birth, the first cuddle, and feed and nappy change. All those early milestones, tumbling into each other like a slide show, going much too quickly, and suddenly fast forward to now.
Seven years old. Starting junior school next month! He has a passion for aeroplanes. So as a special treat, and thanks to Easyjet tickets starting from £20- we booked flights to Edinburgh. Rowan loved watching the planes take-off and land on the runway.
Finally boarding our very own Boeing 737, and flying up above the clouds. The flight is only an hour, we landed in Edinburgh around 8am in time for a Scottish breakfast of square Lorne sausage, eggs and 'tattie bread'.
Next, we boarded the City Sightseeing open topped bus, £36 for a family of four. It's hop on, hop off and takes you to all the major attractions . There is even a 'Horrible histories' commentary for kids. We visited Edinburgh Castle, it houses the Scottish crown jewels, about 4 different military museums and a prison. The daily highlight is a real cannon being fired at 1 o'clock.
After buying some souvenirs and postcards , Wayne tried on a kilt and we continued the bus tour. I loved Grey Friar's Bobby and Arthur's seat.
We stayed at Premier Inn, Lauriston Pace - it was £90 for a family room. You can see my Trip Advisor review here - Premier inn review .We flew back the next morning, very tired but happy. Rowan loved it.
The good people of Shepton Mallet came to our rescue this week, when the Land Rover broke down. We hadn't a clue what was wrong with it, and as it was a Saturday many garages were shut. In deperation I posted a message in the community Facebook group. Within minutes I'd had offers of help. A special thank you to Steve Kirk, who was actually enjoying himself at a Land Rover show, but spent all day answering my questions and offering valuable advice. We haven't quite fixed it, but atleast we know what's wrong. And I learnt words like 'Propshaft' !
With a flight booked from Bristol Airport on Monday- we were still stuck for a lift. Luckily we have the most wonderful kind hearted neighbours Roger & Sylvia Greene. Poor Roger got up at 4am to take us- and even brought us home again the next day. I'd get him a fruit basket to say thanks, but he already grows the best strawberries and pears in town!
Parents, if you fancy somewhere different to take the kids. You must try new soft play centre 'The Square' in Wells. It's got three different sections, for varying ages and abilities, plus balance bikes and trikes. They have a wide range of food and drinks, with jugs of squash from £1.50, and hot meals like chicken nuggets, chips and beans from £3.75. There are veggie options, including omelettes and pizzas. Speciality coffees and teas, hot chocolate, slushies and a large selection of homemade fresh cakes and pastries for mum. Check out www.thesquarewells.com for prices and opening times.
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 :)