We are so pleased to be back after a two month Sunday Supplement break! We love pulling together this newsletter and getting excited about what the month ahead holds. But sometimes it’s necessary to step back, switch off and create time to just be, so we did, and are still reaping the benefits.
August is, for many, the sweetest, ripest high point of summer. Kids are off school, the weather heats up (….or sometimes doesn’t!) and life slows down. We are really trying to embrace slowness this summer and keep hold of some of the slow vibes we cultivated during our blog break. We’re keeping our schedules as free as possible and spending as much time outdoors, sat on picnic blankets, in the sea, or in the garden as possible.
Here are 10 wonderful ideas of things to make, do and celebrate in the month ahead!
- Be still and leave your phone at home When possible slow down and just enjoy being present this summer. Holidays give you the perfect opportunity to practice this when there are fewer external demands Try to slow your daily rhythm and allow lots of time for just pottering and long slow walks to the park.
- Make welcome home from holiday presents for your friends/family or if you have kids make presents with your kids for their friends. A little posy of flowers or some home made flapjacks will do. It can always be a bit sad to come home from holiday but a little surprise gift would cheer anybody up and its even more fun for the giver!
- Its berry season! Make the most of one of nature's sweetest bounty’s and chuck em on your porridge or cereal, on top of cakes, in salads or make jam. We have both been blackberry picking this week with our girls and have been using the berries to make smoothies and ice lollies and saved loads in the freezer to keep using all year round.
- Make Plum Cake - Davina recently made this Gingery plum cake from BBC Good Food and it was delicious
- Go to a festival. There are lots of festivals this month, including Seeds and Stitches favourites Edinburgh Fringe ( Davina and Elfie are so excited about seeing the Scarecrow's Wedding next weekend), and Just So Festival. See our guide on what to pack on the blog.
- Immerse yourself outdoors. Eat meals, arrange play dates and swim outdoors. Walk or cycle to work, whether that is part or all of the way, take lunch breaks outdoors and spend time in the park or a decent beer garden after work.
- Borrow don't buy. August is wedding season! Host a wedding outfit swap or borrow an outfit from a friend instead of buying one and it will feel as good as new.
- Be a tourist in your own city when everybody else is away in holiday. Look up your town or city on Trip Adviser and see what other tourists are visiting. Check out your local museum or gallery, find local gardens to visit or better yet, take a historical or architectural tour of your town. Its really fascinating learning about the history of your area.
- Make Ice Lollies. Davina has been making a delicious, very simple recipe in which she blends the foraged berries with coconut yogurt and pours it into the moulds to freeze. Hannah makes her lollies with blended mangos and almond milk- either way easy and delicious!
- Go to the beach, feel the force of nature and collect a treasures from the shoreline.