My boys brought me up breakfast in bed ( slimming world friendly eggs, bacon, beans ) then I opened my lovely presents including a vintage cake stand from 'Simply Vintage' in Shepton Mallet. After a coffee, I headed over to The Lodge Health & Beauty ( on Haskin's car park) to get my hair done. The hairdresser put it in a fancy 'up do' and even helped my stick on my strip lashes. I usually get 'express' lash extensions done there by Rianna, but she was off that day. I love getting beauty treatments done at the salon, as it's so bright and light, and there are loads of interesting bespoke wooden handmade bits of furniture and items to look at.
Must just mention, my usual hair dresser Tash Rochford who can be found at Hair @ Pierre's on the High Street- was not available on Saturday. She's been taking care of my cuts and colors for over two years. And also does high quality extensions. I don't think she'd mind that I 'cheat' on her , just occasionally! lol
Later I had a lovely little 'tea party' with the boys.
Our friends had agreed to stay over night and babysit the boys, so we headed off about 3ish- to check in to the most gorgeous B&B, in Farrington Gurney - "The Old Parsonage".
It's a Grade II listed building, with a real wood fire in the reception- four poster bed in the rooms and the most enormous ensuite I've ever seen.
At only £90 a night, it cost less than most standard rooms in Bath City Centre - and was just in a luxurious league of it's own. Read my Trip Advisor Review here -
Check out the pics !
After a bath, and getting all dressed up. We headed into Bath to watch "Pricsilla Queen Of The Desert" at Bath Theatre Royal. First we ate dinner in a gorgeous Lebanese Restaurant near the bus station - Comptoir Libanais.
The food was lush, it was really bright and colourful in there- and it even has a little shop where you can buy Pistachio Turkish delights and all kinds of delicious sweets. The loos were fab- so I took a load of 'toilet selfies' as well as instagraming the food obvs !
I try not to think about Christmas until after my birthday, which is late November. However, the aisles are already full of chocolate advent calendars, and festive adverts are on the telly, so what he heck... Jingle my bells!
Late night Christmas shopping at Kilver Court starts this evening, and continues tomorrow ( Friday 10th) , with the luxury stores open till 8pm. I shall be there in my bobble hat, sampling warm mince pies and singing carols- despite it being just a few days past Guy Fawkes night. This weekend our whole family will attend the Remembrance Sunday parade at Shepton Mallet Cenotaph. My husband, a Royal Signals Veteran, will march with the British Legion to the church service. You can buy poppies all this week from various locations around town. Next Week it's carnival time. The awe-inspiring illuminated extravaganza comes to Shepton Mallet on Wednesday 15th, Wells on the 16th and finally Glastonbury on Friday 17th- with its legendary 'end of run after party'. Local schools are encouraging parents to buy their flashing wands, and glow toys from them, in advance, instead of the independent sellers on the night. More money then goes to the carnival committees and the local community, ask in your school office.
If that wasn't enough excitement for all the family, it's the last Sunday Market of the year on the 19th. Hundreds of food, drink, craft and bric-a-brac stalls will line the streets of Shepton, plus the hip new 'Vintage & Artisan' quarter in Town Street will be buzzing with thrifty bargain hunters – looking to bag a deal. Here, retro pieces and unique antiques can be bought at a fraction of the price of collectors fayres and other 'Artisan' areas in Somerset. It really is worth a visit! I do have a few sad things to announce. One is the impending closure of Martin's newsagent on town street. I wrote about this only a few weeks ago. At the time, a representative from head office promised the store would remain open after moving it's post office services up to partner store McColls on the High Street later this month. It's not. Next, what the heck happened to Nippybus – service 669 from Shepton to Street? Last Sunday night apparently the firm collapsed, leaving students unable to get to college, and elderly residents stuck at bus stops for hours. MDC are apparently trying to arrange cover services. Just be sure to check before you travel.
And finally, despite the amazing public meeting to 'Save Our Hospital Beds' – SomPar have now closed the ward 'temporarily' until goodness knows when. I'm still convinced they have acted unlawfully, and now a community fundraising page has raised over £1,500 to get the very best legal team on the case. The fight is not over, watch this space! Visit my website bryson-banks.weebly.com for the latest, and see SomersetLive for news as it breaks.
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 :)