#30DaysWild – Our Big June Challenge

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle, Parenting

This year I have been delighted to have been involved with the #30DaysWild challenge. Run by The Wildlife Trusts, the idea is that every day throughout June you do one wild thing. This could be as simple as watching the clouds pass by overhead, to growing flowers, to surveying the birds that visit your garden or local park. Before starting … Read More

30 Days Wild – Week Three

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Sunset over fields in Warwickshire

We have continued our #30dayswild adventures this week with some lovely walks and observations. So, here is our week three round up: Day One: I started the day with a walk in a local park. It really comes alive at this time of year and was teeming with birds and minibeasts. There are deer in this park too although I … Read More

30 Days Wild – Week Two

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Apples on tree

You may be aware by now that I am involved with the #30dayswild project this year (you can read my previous posts here and here). If your read my post from last week (here) you will also know that I am publishing a weekly round up of everything ‘wild’ that we have been up to over the previous week. So, … Read More

Revamping my fabrics with DYLON

JoHome & Garden, In Focus, Lifestyle

Bright blue polo shirt on boy

I’m sure that I can’t be the only person who, after a few washes of white clothes, finds that they have an increasingly grey wardrobe. Or that I’m the only one who experiences that familiar sinking feeling when a white top comes through the wash with tell-tale yellow sunscreen marks on it. Normally I have one of four uses for … Read More

30 Days Wild – Week One

JoFamily Life, Lifestyle

Sunlight streaming through a canopy of trees

If you read my last post (here) or follow me on my Cup of Toast social media accounts (or both!) then you’ll know that this year we are excited to be taking part in #30dayswild. A full post will follow later in the month, but in the meantime I thought that it would be nice to publish a weekly round … Read More

Half Term Holiday Fun


Yellow labrador retriever splashing into blue paddling pool

The half term break has been and gone here in Warwickshire, and time has definitely been munching through the days again as it flew past! The emphasis this holiday was very much on friends. Play dates at our house and friends accommodating me and my boys took up nearly every day. Chief commented that we’d never had such a busy … Read More

Half Term Holidays

JoFamily Life, Home & Garden, Lifestyle, Parenting

Mallard in stream

Back in March, with the Easter holidays cantering towards us at speed, I shared a few of the activities that I was hoping to undertake with my boys. I kept things calm and manageable as I wasn’t feeling very well at the time. I didn’t know then of course that would still be the case by the summer half term! So, … Read More

Happiness is…


My three boys walking through woodland

A couple of years ago I was nominated on Facebook by a friend to take up a positivity challenge. For 5 days I was challenged to post my top 3 happy moments of the day. I remember day 1 being easy, it was a lovely day. My only difficulty was that so many good things happened it was hard to limit … Read More

Glorious Bees

JoHome & Garden, Lifestyle

Bees flying around the entrance to their nest as seen from inside our house.

We have a bees’ nest. The joy of living on the edge of woodland is the high frequency of wildlife to our garden and it appears that this year the bees have found us and sought solace in our roof. There are several species of bee including bumblebees, honey bees and solitary bees. According to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust there … Read More

To My Great-Grandchildren


Me with Chief as a two day old baby

I would write this on pretty paper for you but I worry that it would not withstand the passing of time. The house moves, the births and deaths that have yet to come. The year is 2017. I imagine you to be alive and perhaps able to read this around 2100. I doubt that I will be there to see … Read More