25 memories to make at home

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 April 2020

Play in the garden (c) KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Play in the garden (c) KatarzynaBialasiewicz/Getty Images/iStockphoto

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We’re all in this together, isolated at home, trying to adapt to this new way of life and social distancing. Make the most of this time to learn a new skill, try out a new hobby and create some memories with loved ones...

FAMILY

1. QUALITY TIME

Although it can be tough at times, all being cooped up together, we should consider ourselves lucky to have this time to do more things we have always wanted, and to connect with our loved ones. So get the board games out, play charades, join in our big county quiz, have a family sports day in the garden, or cuddle up for a family movie and be grateful for what you have.

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2. DIG OUT THE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS

Now is the time to take a trip down memory lane and sort out your old holiday photos. Turn them into photo books, send photo postcards to loved ones or make a family film so you can all sit around and watch it, reminiscing about the fun times you’ve had all together.

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3. HAVE A STAYCATION IN YOUR BACK GARDEN

We may not be able to get away on holiday right now, but why not have a family staycation in your own back garden? Get out the tent and the camping stove and make like you’re away on a camping holiday. The children will love it.

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4. HOST A VIRTUAL PARTY

We may not be able to see our family and friends in person right now, but we can still catch up with them with the use of nifty technology like Zoom or Teams. Set a time, invite your loved ones and have a good old chinwag over a drink or an evening meal. You can even join virtual events such as live discos by Cosmic Events.

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5. THINK ABOUT EXTENDING YOUR FAMILY

If you’ve ever thought about fostering, now might be a good time to look into it further. Foster Care Fortnight 2020 takes place from 11-24 May and is The Fostering Network’s annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. For more information, visit thefosteringnetwork.org.uk

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6. MAKE MUSIC TOGETHER

Teddies Music Club in Berkshire have made their music sessions and drawing demos available for free online for the next two months, so families can sing at home and carry on enjoying a nice activity together. Visit teddiesmusicclub.co.uk

Ascot Music School has introduced a free Online Music Hangout once a week for musicians, instrumentallists and music lovers. Visit facebook.com/AscotMusicSchool

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7. RELAX AND READ

Do you have a stack of books you never get round to reading? Curl up on a sun lounger or the sofa and have some quiet family reading time. You could even start a Family Book Club, where you pick one book to read a week and all discuss it over pizza on Friday night.

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8. GET BACK TO NATURE

The Woodland Trust suggests you go on a minibeast hunt, saying the warm weather will bring out lots of creepy crawlies. So entice the kids to join you for some fresh air and take a closer look at your garden.

You’ll soon notice it’s teeming with wildlife. Things to look out for include a worm after a spring shower, a bumblebee looking for nectar, a spotty ladybird exploring the grass, a slimy snail in a dark damp spot and a butterfly basking in the sunshine.

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9. PUT PEN TO PAPER

Encourage your children to write letters to their friends – and you could even put pen to paper and write to long-distance family or elderly neighbours. You could also write stories and share them with each other round the dinner table.

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10. GET CREATIVE

Big and small kids alike enjoy getting crafty, so get out the pens and paper and make a rainbow to display in your window for passers-by to see. Next get the chalk and leave messages on driveways for friends.

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WORK

11. SET UP A HOME OFFICE

Some of us have never worked at home before, so if this is you, enjoy creating yourself a new work space. Treat yourself to a new desk, a chair and even a coffee machine!

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12. SEE CHANGE AS POSITIVE

Kate Davis, the Creative Mindset Coach in Ascot, says see change as a positive and adjust – look at your business and see how you could offer a slightly modified version of your product or skills. Write yourself/your business a ‘CV’ of all the skills you have. How can this serve a client right now?

How can you add value and monetise these skills – for example, could you run a low-cost workshop online on software you take for granted? katedavis.net

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13. FREE COACHING

Local company Pinpoint Marketing are creating articles and videos offering free advice, top tips and new ideas for small businesses to remain, grow and keep up the good work. pinpointmarketingconsultancy.co.uk

Likewise, Forte Training Company are introducing a Forte Coffee Hour – a free coaching session to help those who are feeling anxious, worried and finding this new situation difficult. Visit facebook.com/ForteTrainingCo. We Are Tabono are also hosting virtual networking meetings and coaching sessions.

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14. LEARN A NEW SKILL

Fancy enhancing your skill set? There’s a whole host of courses online that you can access. Our columnist, Vicki Psarias, has just launched workingmotherscompany.com. Have a search for what interests you, be it learning a new language, touch typing, or business training. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to do a beauty course? Pampering Angels’ training courses are now online at pamperingangelsworld.com/shop. The possibilities are endless.

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15. MONEY, MONEY, MONEY

The current situation may be causing you financial worries, but don’t stress. Our new columnist, Ian Howe from Druthers Financial Planning in Windsor, is here to help.

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HEALTH & FITNESS

16. GET YOUR DAILY EXERCISE FIX

It’s vital we get out for daily exercise and keep moving, to boost our immune systems so we can fight this virus. So head out for a walk, run or bike ride, and do some fun exercise classes with the children, such as Joe Wicks’ daily PE sessions.

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17. BOOST YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place between 18-24 May 2020 and this year the theme is ‘kindness’. Look after your mental health by talking about your feelings, eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, limiting your alcohol intake, being kind to yourself and others. Now is the perfect time to practise a bit of self-care. Visit mentalhealth.org.uk

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18. FIRST-AID AT HOME TRAINING

If the brilliant NHS staff on the frontline have inspired you to learn a bit of first aid, local company Green Box First Aid Training are running classes every Friday via a free YouTube video. Visit youtube.com/channel/UCSGryV1V4

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19. SNACK WELL

When boredom sets in, it’s hard not to keep returning to the kitchen cupboards for a snack. That is, if your cupboards aren’t bare! Ask yourself if you really need to eat, and if so, can you opt for something healthy? Why not involve the family and have a fruit picnic in the garden? Make sure you drink lots to stave off infections too. Go one step further and get the kids to make a bar or drinks stall in the garden.

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20.BECOME A VOLUNTEER

You can help people at risk of coronavirus by joining the waiting list for the NHS Volunteer Responders. Visit nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/about-the-nhs/get-involved-in-the-nhs/. Local community initiatives are also looking for volunteers to walk dogs, go shopping and run errands.

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HOME

21. BE A CULINARY STAR

Have you always wanted to try out some of those recipes in your Joe Wicks cookbook? Or Coworth Park’s Adam Smith’s monthly recipe in Berkshire Life? Maybe you want to see what inventive dishes you can make with basic rations. Well, get creative in the kitchen with your family. You could even have a Family Bake-off. Good luck!

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22. HAVE A CLEAR OUT-OUT

You’ve been granted some time to have a spring-clean and get your house in order. Make a start with that pile of paperwork gathering dust in the corner, and move on to all the drawers and cupboards in your house. It’s very cathartic and you’ll be ready to have guests round when lockdown is over. Got masses of children’s artwork? Visit doodlenest.co.uk and create big books out of their creations.

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23. SPRUCE UP YOUR GARDEN

Make your garden a place you want to sit in, then pack up your lunch and take it outdoors. Play a game of boules, host a scavenger hunt, or get the paddling pool out. Remember to chat to your neighbours over the fence; it may just make their day.

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24. SUPPORT LOCAL

It is important to remember during this difficult period to do what we can to support Berkshire’s communities, businesses and the people who live here. Give yourself a night off from cooking and order a takeaway or buy a voucher to help the local food and hospitality industry at the moment.

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25. READ YOUR FAVOURITE MAGAZINE

Stay home, stay safe and read your favourite magazine.

With your choice of print, digital or both, subscribe or make a one-off payment for six issues of Berkshire Life for only £10. You will read all about things to do in Berkshire, celebrity interviews, local news, home improvements and style articles, local food, drink and travel guides. Visit www.subsave.co.uk/BER

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