Mid-week socialising? Meet School Night Gin.

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle, Top

School night gin front of bottle

The summer is here and this year with it, after a period of enforced abstinence, comes opportunity for social occasions. Like many others, I enjoy doing this not just at the weekend, but also sometimes during the week. Catching up with good friends over a glass of cool iced tonic with a splash of gin in my hand is just … Read More

5 Quick Wins For Saving Money

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Saving spelt out in magnetic letters

Somewhere between Brexit and the global Covid-19 pandemic, national short to medium term economic growth feels a little uncertain. You don’t need to delve far into the news to see that it is on the minds of businesses and individuals alike. Even without this nagging on our shoulder though, saving money for emergencies or just to boost a fun pot … Read More

Stepping Your Garden Into Spring

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle


The garden is, by and large, pretty dormant through the winter months. Many flowers have long since died away, fruit trees stand still, and shrubs create a calm spot for mini beasts to overwinter (we’ve found ladybirds hibernating in some of ours). That doesn’t mean that the gardening ceases altogether though. In fact, at this time of year, we can … Read More

Under The Night Owl Duvet

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Night Owl Kingsize Duvet

During lockdown, like so many others, we have been spending much more time in our house. It is very much a work in progress, and we have become acutely aware of what still needs to be done to really throw it down the transitional path of house to home. One particular point of focus at the moment is our bedroom, … Read More

The Bird Box in your Garden

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Bird box

In times of urban development, creating an outdoor space that encourages wildlife and garden birds is a lovely way to give something back to the natural world. Gardening on a big or small scale can also help to reduce your own feelings of stress and anxiety and increase wellbeing. An easy addition to make is to add a bird box … Read More

Self-Care in a Pandemic

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle


A pandemic is never a situation that any of us ever expect to find ourselves in, relegated most commonly to science fiction books and films. However, 2020 is the year that a virus caused and continues to create havoc. In the middle of it all our social connections are fractured, we miss our families and friends, and have to deal … Read More

Easy Garden Living

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Delicate cosmos flowers

Garden living has become an all important hobby across the UK, this year more than ever before. Did you know that 87% of households in the UK have some sort of outdoor space? With many of us in need of some calming distraction, and using our gardens more than ever before to find that, it’s no wonder that we are … Read More

Lockdown Silver Linings

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Pause for thought - Albert Einstein

As we inch towards a second national lockdown, whether imposed all as one or through separate areas going into the so called ‘Tier 3’, I have to say that my heart is heavy and I am filled with a certain amount of dread. I, along with so many others, am ready for this pandemic to be over. I’m ready to … Read More