Hi everyone

November is here, how did that happen?

This is my favourite time of year. The smell of a real fire as the smoke comes out of the chimney, autumn colours, cosy nights in, candles burning on the mantelpiece, hot chocolate, staying in your pyjamas all day if you don't have anywhere to go, fluffy socks, feeding the birds and watching them come and go from the comfort of your home, a slow cooker casserole....those are some of mine. What do you like about this time of year?

Sadly the government have decided to do another lockdown here in the UK, but don't let that stop you getting out and about in nature as there is nothing more healing than getting some fresh air. So wrap up warm, put your hood up if it's raining, leave your mobile phone in your pocket and face the elements. Your mobile is just a distraction and if you don't look at it you can take in everything around you, colours, smells and scenery. There is nothing better for the soul than the wind in your hair and the sun on your face on a cold, bright day. If you can, walk along the seafront and watch the waves crashing to shore and feel the beautiful energy of all the elements. I promise you you will feel better for it. Lockdown can really affect you when you least expect it. Try and keep some routine if you are not working. Get up, shower or bath and have some structure to your day. Even if it means going shopping daily to get a few bits. It get's you out of the house and seeing another face. You never know, you might make someone's day just by having a brief chat because you don't know if you will be the only face they see. Maybe walk to the shops so you get your exercise in at the same time. All of these things help, even in a small way.

Offer an elderly neighbour your help with shopping and check on them at the same time. This is so important during winter as most people aren't out and about and in their gardens pottering. Just little things like checking if curtains have been opened shows you are looking out for your neighbours.

Have a great week everyone!

Gillian xoxo