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March's Journal

Spring & Tonic


Hello hello, I hope this newsletter finds you happy and well. Did you know there’s an actual ‘Spring Cleaning Week’ and a ‘National Spring Cleaning Day’ both in March? Who knew? There are websites full of tips and tricks to get your ‘surfaces squeaky clean and your house shipshape’ along with various organisations working with volunteers to clean up our villages and towns – bravo if you're involved in one of those. Whilst I’ve missed all significant 'cleaning' dates (shame .. maybe?) I have started to sort a few things out on the home front, let’s be clear though, it's far from shipshape but I have located the oars and packed the tonics!

If you follow me on my socials (thanking you very much), you will know that I have ‘spring cleaned’ my website this month, which has been a bit of a learning curve - it will be 4 years this June since I launched Gin & Yin, so it was time for a bit of a refresh , I really hope you like it – there’s more to be done still, but isn’t there always x

So, as we come to the end of another month, I wanted to share some lovely

'tried and tested' things to help you rise and smile this week:

Try: 30 min Spring Equinox Blossoming Yoga Flow 35 mins – Yoga with Kassandra - https://youtu.be/viuquQx1juI

Listen: Mellow Spring Acoustic Tracks – Spotify Playlist - https://spoti.fi/3uGYPKq

Eat: Sea Bream Carpaccio with blood oranges & fennel

(Susie's Fino Olive Oil is fantastic too) - https://bit.ly/3x0swsH

Drink: As it’s blood orange season the gin I’d like to give a shout out to this month is

Tarquins Blood Orange Gin – Cornish sunshine in a glass perfect for Spring sipping https://shop.tarquinsgin.com/products/tarquins-cornish-sunshine-blood-orange-gin

What's Been Happening at Gin & Yin HQ

This month we had a wonderful evening with Nicola, founder of Willow and Finn over in Shepperton, where we experimented with scents to create our very own hand poured soy wax candle, as well as trying 2 delicious local gins, huge thanks to Bone Idyll @bone-idyll and to Hampton Court Gin's Six Wives Gin @hamptoncourtgin the ladies loved them both - what a treat for all our senses - I'm so pleased with my candle too, I went for a blend of vetiver, lime and citrus mix and it is really gorgeous - excellent quality. Nicola has also just opened a 'Candle Bar' too - check it out here:
https://willowandfinn.co.uk/pages/willow-finn-candle-bar




What's Next?



Only 1 Twin Room Left - Restorative Mountain Retreat - Shanti Som - Marbella Thurs 9th - Sun 12th June 2022 - - - For those of you who have already joined me on a retreat at Shanti Som, you know how wonderful this place is. It has a wonderful outdoor yoga pavilion, the en-suite rooms are also prefect; the food is incredible; the treatments are fabulous and only a hop and a skip from Marbella Old Town for us to explore too. Still need convincing? - check out the lovely video below. Only 1 twin room left.I need this right now


Calling ALL Solo Travellers - Luxury Barefoot Eco-Retreat - Santa Cruz Coast, Portugal

Sun 25th - Weds 28th Sept 2022


Sand in your hair and between your toes; Fun and wobbles on Stand Up Paddle-boards; Peaceful outdoor yoga; Wild walks and clear thoughts Join us - you absolutely deserve this. Each villa has its own pool too no less, we'll also explore the kitchen garden, eat amazing food,

sit and sip by the campfire and discuss and share wellbeing tips and positive intentions to take home. The twin rooms have already been booked, however, I have 3 doubles left - it would be wonderful to have you with us.


Signing off with a happy photo of me with the one and only Holly Tucker MBE. This photo was taken at a really inspiring 'International Women's Day' breakfast at the Bingham Hotel in Richmond (thanks to my lovely pal Francesca for capturing the moment). Holly was joined by the equally talented Samantha Trinder, co-owner of the Bingham River House with her mum and founder of Bhuti. I've followed Holly for years in her previous life as co-founder of notonthehighstreet.com and now founder of Holly & Co, she is a huge champion of small businesses and to ....

"those who choose to live a life less ordinary"

Three cheers to that! Thanks for feeling the newsletter love this month and reading to the very last kiss - see you next month.

Ruth xx