Amongst the top 50 New Year resolutions are a desire to learn to knit, to break a world record and to have cosmetic surgery. But assuming you are not planning on radical facial reconstruction, followed by a prolonged recovery period during which you attempt to knit the world’s longest scarf, chances are that you have a niggling urge to join the vast majority of New Year resolutionists and to exercise more.
It hardly seems possible that another whole year is almost over, but we are most definitely hurtling towards 2015 with that lightning fast rapidity that the countdown to Christmas always creates.
First launched in 1975, National Tree Week is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, always timed to coincide with the beginning of the winter tree planting season. It represents a great opportunity for communities to do something positive for their local tree population…so why not make a decision to plant a tree this year?
Having just returned from an exceptionally soggy walking expedition with the dog (even he had had enough by the end of it!) I thought I’d take a quick look at the long range weather forecasts for this winter and gingerly crossed my fingers in the hope that we are not in for a repeat of last year’s record levels of rainfall.
Alas, the best of the weather has been had for the year and autumn is now in full flow, sweeping us through into winter. Tempting though it may be to batten down the hatches, turn your central heating on to continuous and wait until next spring before venturing out into your garden, there are still plenty of jobs to be getting on with. And research shows that a spot of gardening, even on a cold, gloomy day, will lift your spirits and warm you up. It will also help burn up the extra calories in which we are all tempted to indulge during the winter months!