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Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

05th April 2021

Create a wild outdoor room, make stylish clay pots, try rhubarb recipes and rediscover the joys of rolling down a hill! Plus write your own epitaph and try guerilla gardening!

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

05th April 2021

Kate Hodges

By Kate Hodges

05th April 2021

MONDAY: Play With Clay
The Great Pottery Throwdown and Grayson’s Art Club have inspired us to get out the clay and start sculpting. Why not try making some simple pinch pots and bowls, which are perfect for all those house plants accumulated over lockdown. We love these textured cacti planters and these delicate gold-trimmed bowls. Alternatively, this moon phase wall mobile wouldn’t be out of place on a stylish interiors shoot. Find more gorgeous ideas at Fun Loving Families 



TUESDAY: Plan Your Epitaph
Thinking about what is going to appear on your tombstone might seem a little grim, but Plan Your Epitaph Day can be a lot of fun as well as opening up conversations about life and death. It’s a way to think about how you’d like others to remember you, what legacy you want to leave, and a chance to be a little bit silly. As lockdown eases, we can go a little further afield for days out, s why not take the time to visit a graveyard for inspiration – they’re beautiful, thoughtful places to take a stroll. Find our favourite five cemeteries in the UK here.

Alternatively, create your own cardboard or clay gravestones and pop on your words of choice. As you walk or create, perhaps you might talk about the bigger picture; life, death, and all things in-between. Find more ideas here

WEDNESDAY: Roll Down a Hill
Every year, the National Trust inspire us to try new fun things outside with their 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 ¾ project. You don’t need to go to one of their properties or on their land to tick off this checklist of fun outdoor projects; try camping outdoors, going barefoot on grass, skimming a stone or rolling down a hill, anywhere! We recently rediscovered the joys of rolling down hills. Spoiler alert: you get a lot more dizzy when you’re grown up!

THURSDAY: Rhubarb Recipes
Field-and-garden-grown rhubarb should now be ready to pick. This vegetable (yes!) is super-healthy – packed with vitamin C, potassium and fibre. This year, we’re going beyond the crumble (although there will still be plenty of those!) and trying some new ways with rhubarb. Rhubarb and Yoghurt Cake, Rhubarb Cordial, Rhubarb, Oat and Cinnamon Loaf, and Curried Lentils and Rhubarb Chutney will all get a look in. In fact, all the vegan recipes at Naturally Ella look amazing – Noodles with Kale and Spicy Rhubarb Sauce, anyone? And, in bathroom rather than kitchen news, did you know that you can use rhubarb as a lightening hair rinse?

FRIDAY: Garden of Delights
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, why not try some long-form projects over the Easter holidays? We love the idea of creating a wild outdoor room in which to spend lazy days, or making a bender or shelter where you might spend summer afternoons hiding, reading and eating berries. Smaller kids will love creating their own herb garden and picking bits for their tea or perhaps you could get witchy together and start your own medicinal herb garden. If you have access to a larger or communal garden, try making a clay pizza oven, but if you don’t have outside space, try making your own cactus garden or roll up some seed bombs and start brightening up your neighbourhood on your walks with some guerrilla gardening.

What We’re Listening To This Week

Mindfulness and Meditation: Soothing sounds to help you relax and unwind
The BBC’s collection of low-key, restful listens work for all ages – including the very youngest – so they’re perfect for nights when the whole family needs some rest. They include the blissful The Sleeping Forecast series, Winterwatch’s Gillian Burke choosing music and sounds that help her mental well-being and the wonderful Jarvis Cocker’s Wireless Nights. Float on in…

Listen here

Found something inspirational to read or listen to that you’d like to share? Want to share your creations with us? Have an idea for things to do? We’d love to hear from you. Email Kate

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