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Nine Things You Can Do in London in October that Covid-19 Can’t Stop

In this three-minute read, we look at ways to
keep your body and mind active in October.

1 Plant some bulbs

Bulbs are easy to
plant, can go in either the ground or pots, require virtually no looking after
and pack a colourful punch. What’s not to like? Plant daffodils, tulips
and hyacinths for spring blooms and alliums and
lilies for summer flowers.

2 Play conkers

Every October, thousands of people flock to
the village of Southwick in Northamptonshire to partake in that most British of
pastimes: the thwacking of horse chestnuts. We are, of course, talking about
the World Conker Championships which, due to Covid-19, have been cancelled this
year. Nevermind, use your time wisely and get training for next year’s event.

3 Find a new nature trail

It’s eight months since the word ‘coronavirus’
entered our lexicon so no wonder we all feel a touch frazzled. Thankfully, walking
in nature can have a restorative effect on our mental health and reduce anxiety
and depression. There are some lovely parks and woodlands near London. Go for a walk in one of these beauty spots and feel reinvigorated.

4 Get drawing

The world’s largest drawing event, The Big
Draw, takes place throughout October. It’s an initiative designed to encourage
people of all ages to enjoy the simplicity of putting pencil (or pen, crayon or
pastel) to paper. The theme this year is ‘A Climate of Change’. Let your
imagination run free.

5 Start a nature journal

There’s a pretty little corner of the internet
dedicated to nature journalling; the process of regularly drawing and writing
about what you see in your natural surroundings. It’s a great way (especially
for kids) to slow down and observe the changing world around us. Check out this
guide from the Natural
History Museum
on starting a nature journal.

6 Move in a new way

If you spend your days sitting at a desk (or
kitchen table) hunched over a laptop, then it’s time to get some of those
neglected muscles moving. Discover the joys of doing a downward dog (yoga),
mastering table top (Pilates) or getting better acquainted with your yin and
yang (Tai Chi). Your body, mind and soul will say namaste (that’s thanks in
yoga speak BTW).

7 Wine tasting online

Apparently, some of us have been (ahem)
drinking more at home in recent months. If you veer towards the vino, then why
not learn more about what it is you’re imbibing. A host of companies now offer
online wine tasting sessions. They deliver a few bottles to your door, and then
in a Zoom session a wine expert talks you through the finer details of the Cab
Sav, or Sav Blanc, that you’re drinking.

8 Bake something from GBBO

Try to execute one of the really tough
challenges that Paul and Prue gleefully set for Great British Bake Off
contestants. Step out of your kitchen comfort zone and get rough with the puff,
tinker with a tarte au citron or attempt
to
blitz a Schichttorte.

9Learn
a language

Perhaps you learnt a language at secondary
school and haven’t used it since. Or maybe you have plans to hotfoot it to an
exotic location when we are (eventually) done with Covid-19. Either way, why
not use one of the many apps available (most with a free version) to brush up
on your language skills.

Here at Holland Properties, we know
2020 has been an unusual year, but we’re determined to keep calm, keep active
and keep people moving homes successfully.

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