JoJo - My Yorkshire Weekend

PUBLISHED: 00:00 17 April 2020




The weekend means as much yoga as possible for Capital Yorkshire Drive’s weekday radio presenter

The week is all about…

Work! Trying to eat well and looking after myself. Up until recently I did the breakfast show for 22 years, so I’m now enjoying not having to get up at 4am anymore. I usually try and wake up about 7am to see my son off to school. Then I like to catch up with my other half who works from home for his new business, Airstream Events.

When I’m done pottering, it’s time to head into the Leeds city centre for a lunchtime Hot Yoga class at Bikram Yoga Leeds, where I work out for an hour in 40 degree heat. After that I have about an hour before I go into Capital Yorkshire to prepare for the Drive-time show with Adam O’Neill from 4pm–7pm.

That Friday night feeling…

I love Fridays and I’m happy to head straight home after the show finishes for a night on the sofa with my hubby, a bit of telly and a large glass of wine.

Friends round, takeaway or cocktails – what does Friday night bring?

I’m a bit of a home body. I like cooking and find it relaxing to knock up a fish curry which can be prepared quite quickly. If I’m feeling lazy I’ll pick up a take-away on my way home, usually a curry from Aagrah’s or some gyozas and noodles from Fugi Hiro. I can be persuaded to head out for a drink or two – Outlaws Yacht Club is very chilled.

Saturday morning – papers or Parkrun?

I do a lot of running around on a Saturday as I have a son who does drama over in Apperley Bridge, so I’m basically a taxi service for him and his friend. There’s always parties he has to get to or haircuts to sort. I do try and squeeze in some yoga too. I’m pretty obsessed with hot yoga to be honest.

Feeding time – brunch, lunch or picnic?

I’m all about the brunch! Not the bottomless prosecco kind. I prefer coffee in the daytime. There’s nothing better than avocado and poached eggs on toast with a bit of Tabasco sauce. I can happily make this at home, but if I want to splash the cash, Fettle is the place to go as is House of KoKo in Chapel Allerton.

Retail therapy – where would you head?

My most recent purchases were from a pop up shop in the Corn Exchange called Dancing Leopard, it was only there for four days and I got two dresses and a shirt for £40. All proceeds went to Think Like A Pony, a local charity, so I was doing my bit as well. I do enjoy having a mooch around the Victoria Quarter and John Lewis. shops I’m a big fan of second hand garments and Wetherby has some of the best charity shops going. As for special outfits I’m friends with local designer, Kevan Jon and he lets me have a rummage through his samples when I can get over to his studio in Halifax.

Saturday night perfection…

Seeing friends for food or drinks. It really depends on what’s on offer and how sociable I’m feeling. I do like to get dressed up and go out dancing, but on the flip side I can quite happily stay in with my other half playing records or watching films.

Sunday chills

Ideally I laze in bed until 11am listening to The Archers omnibus. Sunday is all about eating. Nothing beats a home cooked Sunday roast. I recently ate at The Brunswick – amazing roast and they serve pigs in blankets all year round. Epic!

Fresh air favourites

Roundhay Park isn’t far – we have a Boston terrier called Mr Caballero who loves a walk round the big lake and woods. Yorkshire is a fantastic place for a ‘yomp’ with lots of green spaces within a 10-15 mins drive.

Sunday night rituals

I have a 13 year-old-son, so making sure he has everything he needs for school organised is the priority. I don’t have to wake up so early anymore, but I still find myself in bed by 10pm on Sunday ready to start all over again. u

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