Welcome to the February Sunday Supplement! The darkest days of winter are now behind us, and the first Snowdrops are sprouting in the ground. Spring is but a hair's breadth away! This month is blessedly short after the beast that was January, and holds some wonderful celebrations.
Our family have been eagerly anticipating February for a long time as it's the month we welcome our new babe. We are so excited!
Whilst it’s true that Valentines has become a corporate festival of tat, steer clear of the supermarket card shelves and it can be sweet. I've come to quite enjoy this month of love, especially when you expand your definition of love to your friends, children and even the earth.
1) EAT ALL THE PANCAKES!
February 28th is Shrove Tuesday, a festival that celebrates the feasting before lent, traditionally marked by eating pancakes (in the UK we mean the thin crepe like ones). It is basically the best celebration of the year and I am planning on eating them all month.
2) Celebrate your female friendships on Galentines Day!
Galentines is on the 13th February and is a day to gather your female friends and family members to eat delicious food, drink cocktails and and toast your goddess selves! I have a blog post coming up on Monday with some low hassle ideas for this so watch this space!
3) Hunt for the first Spring flowers.
Snowdrops and crocuses will start appearing this month; the first tender signs of Spring. Wrap up warm and go hunting for them.
4) Cook a simple meal for your love on Valentines Day.
Bypass the supermarket card shelves and petrol station roses and cook for each other instead. I’m sharing a simple one pot recipe in the next week.
5) Go Moon gazing.
On the 10th-11th Feb there is a penumbral lunar eclipse (an eclipse of the moon). Pack flasks of hot drinks and travel somewhere away from bright lights to witness it.
6) Date yourself.
Take time to nourish yourself, and re-discover what you love. A mornings reading? A gig? Afternoon tea for 1? A film?
7) Give your friends a Valentines gift.
Because why not. Make little posies of local Spring flowers, or gift them a little pot of bulbs, or make them some heart shaped shortbreads. This is a lovely thing to do with children too. (Frankie-Rose has it all planned out! Pink iced love heart biscuits in little stripy bags for all of her friends!)
8) Light the candles on the still-dark mornings and evenings.
Candlemas was a couple of days ago, also known as the festival of lights. It's been held this month since pre-Christian times to celebrate the virgin earth of spring. As if we needed more excuses to light the candles eh?
9) Celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival
The lantern festival on the 11th Feb marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations and symbolises the declining darkness of winter. Cook a Chinese feast (some lovely sounding recipes on my fave, BBC Good Food and make or buy lanterns and hang them over the table (3m command strips do removable sticky ceiling hooks!)
10) Plan your half term adventures.
The National Trust have some lovely things happening all over the country- mostly with an outdoorsy vibe, often in the grounds of one of their wonderful properties. Put your postcode in here to see whats on near you.
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