Ten Things To Do This Winter

Monday, December 18, 2017

1. Read 12 books
I did a lot of reading in 2017, but I also purchased a lot of books, mostly from charity shops, and yet I still managed to spend £104.03 on books over the course of the year. So once again I want to read as much as possible, not just over winter, but throughout the year. I'm on a book buying ban (except for books needed for my reading challenge) until everything on my shelves has been read. I have 46 books on my shelves, so I know it's achievable.

I find winter the best time to get cosy and get lost in a book. You can light the fire, make a huge cup of tea, grab a blanket, and a cat, and happily stay that way for a few hours. Bliss.

2. Plan my greenhouse growings
I want to grow a few veg more veg this year, and want to improve on my soft fruit - this year's efforts were pitiful, although lettuce leaves were in plentiful supply! I just need a plan...

3. Try a new restaurant
Because there are so many new restaurants locally, some that have been around a while that I just haven't visited yet. I might even see if I can tempt some friends along...

4. Mend
I still have a number of items that need altering or mending - an afternoon spent working my way through this pile would be an afternoon well spent, and give me a few more options for my capsule wardrobe.

5. Donate to a food bank
I always say I'm going to but so often forget. I think doing it after Christmas might be a good idea. I have a feeling donations go down after the festive period.

6. Veggie meals
Try 3 veggie recipes. I started well with this in early 2017 but it did fall a bit by the wayside by the end of the year. I did however find one recipe that's become a regular in my meal plan - Hummus Paste, it's delicious and so easy to make. A few more recipes like this one would be most welcome.

7. Put all posters / pictures / paintings I have into frames and get them on the walls!
This is on my Day Zero list. Winter seems like a good time to do such a thing.

8. Get into the woods
We have some woodland here on the farm and last year we cleared some fallen trees and had a bonfire, we took a picnic and it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Whether we do this or simply take a walk through the trees I don't mind, it's just good to get out into nature.

9. Go to the beach
There is something uplifting about being beside the sea, no matter what time of year it is. The breeze may be bracing but it's delightfully crowd free and what better time to scoff some hot salty chips with a mug of sweet tea?

10. Turn off the TV and do a jigsaw puzzle / play a board game
As much as I like mentally switching off and losing myself in a good programme or boxset, I think it's important to step away from the telly box once in a while to interact with those around you.

What do you do with your time over winter?

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16 comments

  1. We will walk a lot, the woods, a windmill near here or Brighton beach even in winter is great on a dry day.

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    1. I'm always surprised by how quiet the beach is in the colder months, I'm secretly pleased it is though :)
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  2. That's a great list, you've got me wanting to take a trip to the beach, I think I'll put that on my winter list.

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  3. I used to love doing jigsaws over Christmas!

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    1. I haven't done one for ages but I really get into it when I do, it's a great way to relax :)

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  4. Love the sounds of all of these ideas. Mr P has his driving test on Wednesday so, if he passes, I'm hoping to spend the time driving to places for dog walks and (sober) pub lunches in the countryside x

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    1. Ah the freedom that comes from having a drivers license. I'll keep my fingers crossed for a pass!
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  5. Reading is my favourite pastime in the Winter months. Although I always have a book on the go, I seem to get through a book much faster this time of year. Mending is another Winter thing, and very necessary in my case as well. Being out and about if weather permits is great to combat the Winter blues, and I just love being by the seaside out of season. Oh, and we have plans for a board games playing session with friends on New Year's Eve! xxx

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    1. Sounds like we have the same winter list Ann :)
      My mending is very much overdue, I'm pretty sure this was on last year's list too!
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  6. What a wonderful list of winter activites.Enjoy your winter.

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  7. That sounds a thoroughly enjoyable list. I love getting cosy with a good book and a roaring fire on a miserable day and quite like a bit of mending accompanied by something good on the TV.
    My winter is broken up with a month in India so they'll be exploring, beaches, long walks and getting lost. xxx

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful winter, I'd love to escape the cold weather with a trip to warmer climes
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  8. I REALLY need to make more time to chill out with a book!

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