Last weekend I did parkrun on Saturday morning, followed by an intense but fantastic 3 hour “Yoga for weight loss” workshop by Wendy Sugg at Bruton Yoga ( If you missed it, there will be a full day workshop on Sunday 15th April, check out www.brutonyoga.com for info) needless to say I was very glad to have a lie in, and be pampered by my boys on Mothering Sunday. They’d bought me a selection of goodies from The Fairy Godmother Shop, we had a lovely afternoon tea with my mum, and Wayne cooked me Sunday dinner. I soaked my aches and pains in a bubble bath, then snuggled in bed with our 8 year old alaskan husky, ex sled dog, Ulf.
It was quite a special moment for us both. Of Course he’s Wayne’s dog mostly, having been his lead dog in Sweden, when Wayne was racing up to 40km a day in minus temperatures. He even saved Wayne’s life once when a blizzard blew snow drifts over a frozen river trail, and the team got lost. Ulf is sled dog royalty, with his bloodline going back to the famous Alaskan ‘Redington’ lineage- yet he has lived a hard, working dogs life. Living first in Germany, with a tough world class musher Steffan Falter, then racing and pulling heavy tourist sleds in Swedish Lapland when he came to our ‘Musherman Adventure’ kennels. He has always lived outside, and although he’s fathered at least 50 litters of pups, been wary of other dogs and people. After the traumatic four day journey by car from Sweden to the UK in 2014, it has taken him a while to adjust. And it is just heartwarming to finally see him pottering around the house, sometimes hopping up on the sofa for a cuddle, and finally getting in bed for an afternoon nap. Dog lovers will understand!
EASTER ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA -
Now for the parenting bit; I can’t quite believe it’s the easter holidays next week.
As always though, there is plenty to do in this area. Shepton Mallet Collett Park’s Easter Eggstravaganza is on from 11-3pm on Saturday 31st March. There will be a free easter egg hunt, BBQ, and bouncy castle. Kilver Court garden’s will be open, and there are free Easter biscuits for visitors who check out the website before they visit. Cheddar Gorge Caves will hold a ‘Glow In the dark egg hunt” from 24th March - 8th April- entry is included with every explorer ticket ( priced £16.95 adults / £12.70 over 5’s - online) and Wookey Hole will transform into a magical Easter fairy kingdom from 25th March till 10th April ( £16.50 adults / £12.75 over 3’s online) .It’s worth exchanging your Tesco clubcard points for days out vouchers too, as they may be worth more than their cash value. If your child has a disability, don’t forget to contact Somerset County Council - Children with disability service, and apply for a free ‘Max’ card. This will give the child discounted entry to attractions nationwide.
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 :)