DO Two Wheels Good
Bike Week runs from June 6–14, and is a wonderful prod to get out your two- (or three-, or one-) wheelers and hit the roads and tracks. After a spring of being cooped up, it feels great to hit the open air on your favourite ride. This year, the group cycles aren’t happening, but why not take the opportunity to get back in the saddle and go for a family adventure? Take up the challenge to try and cycle every day for a week, share your biking activity online, calculate your journeys using the carbon calculator, or try biking yoga! cyclinguk.org/bikeweek Also, if your bike needs a tune-up or total renovation, the government are planning to distribute vouchers to pay for repairs. Keep an eye on the latest here
RECIPE Cooling Off
Lazy afternoons in the garden are made at least fifty per cent better with a scoop of home-made ice-cream. The easiest recipe we’ve found has one ingredient; bananas. Not only is it easy, it tastes sensational. Alternatively, use coconut milk to make this delicious, creamy treat. Or this sweet chocolate confection is only slightly more complicated. And the best thing about all these recipes? You don’t need an ice-cream maker to make them, and they’re all vegan.
MAKE and DO Nice ‘n’ Icy
This gorgeous warm weather is perfect for trying sensory ice play. Create your own ice worlds and fill them with animals, learn how to melt the frozen stuff with warm water, salt or your fingers, or create lemon and lime scented blocks. Or get super-creative and try ice cube painting.
DO, LEARN and MAKE Go for the Glow
Have you ever seen a glowworm shine? We are just entering the UK’s peak season for the little light-up bugs, so why not go on a night-time safari? The UK glow worm survey lists good places to find nature’s dynamos – look out for their bright green glow – but be prepared for a late night as the creatures don’t enter their pomp until 10.30pm or later. Don’t fancy staying up that late? Crochet your own cute glow worm, or learn more about them online.
LEARN and EVENT Frozen Land
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antartica. There is some debate over who discovered the continent; read about the saga here. Or find out more about the wildlife of the continent, including penguins, whales and squid here. On Friday, join a digital celebration of the discovery of the continent, with a day of live events including experts, filmmakers and storytellers. Ask photographer Sue Flood about living with penguins, find out how life survives at -20 degrees with Professor Martyn Tranter, and watch a film about climate change on the land mass. Want more icy goodness? Find a creative writing competition, resources and lesson plans here. Cool!
What we’ve been reading this week:
Secret Teacher: the UK has a complex racial history. Why aren’t we teaching it?
“Our classrooms are diverse and students want to learn what is most relevant to their lives. If they are to demand change and equality, they need to understand that the playing field isn’t level for everyone. They deserve a safe place to talk about why that isn’t the case and ask difficult questions – for example, about the meaning of structural racism. How has British history negatively affected countries around the world that the ancestors of many British citizens once called home?” Read more here
It’s full moon with a lunar eclipse, on Friday night. It’s time for powerful shifts and breakthroughs – a chance to carve out a new path. Would you like a simple, beautiful way to track the moon cycles?
By using this Lunar Calendar you can:
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Tap into the being and doing phases to know when to relax and when to become dynamic.
Follow a natural pathway to a more peaceful, joyful and abundant life.
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Found something inspirational to read that you’d like to share? Want to share your lockdown creations with us? Have an idea for things to do? We’d love to hear from you. Email Kate