BlocOut blackout blinds [review]


BlocOut blackout blinds promise easy installation and an unmatched level of darkness for any room. Read my BlocOut blind review to see if they live up to the hype.

I love the summer. However, as a light sleeper, one thing I don’t like about it is the light mornings. As the summer solstice gets closer and closer, I wake up earlier and earlier.… Read more

Eating simple Japanese food at Yo Sushi, Whiteley [review]

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This is a review of my meal at Yo Sushi Japanese restaurant at Whiteley Shopping Village near Fareham.

One of the reasons I rarely order things like steak, roast dinner, a cooked breakfast or pasta when I eat out is because I always go for foods that I wouldn’t normally cook at home.

One food I can’t prepare at home is Japanese food.… Read more

Searching for Hampshire’s best burger at: Five Guys, Whiteley [series]

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I’ve been a bit lax on my search for Hampshire’s Best Burger recently.

It’s not that I’ve gone off meat or anything like that (thank goodness). It’s just that, with summer in full swing, I’m more likely to stick some burgers on the barbie than eat out.

I decided to jump back on the burger wagon on Saturday with a trip to a Five Guys in Whiteley.… Read more

Walking the Itchen Way river footpath from Southampton to Hinton Ampner


I walked the length of the 30-mile River Itchen along the Itchen Way to raise money for the Dogs Trust’s Hope Project – a scheme that helps dogs whose owners are homeless or experiencing a housing crisis. Find out how I fared (and feel free to sponsor me).

It was probably the worst day of the summer to attempt to walk along the Itchen Way – the long-distance footpath that follows the route of the River Itchen for around 30 miles from Southampton to Hinton Ampner, between Petersfield and Winchester.… Read more

Where to see lavender fields in and around Hampshire

Image courtesy of Steve Slater and used under creative commons licence.

Lavender fields in Hampshire are quite hard to come by. Here are three places where you can see stunning purple lavender fields in and around Hants.

Lavender is an evergreen plant that grows all year round.

However, it’s not until its bright purple flowers blossom in the summer that we notice it.

We’re lucky enough to have a few patches of lavender in our garden.… Read more