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Keep it Local for New Years Resolutions You Won't Want To Break

Keep It Local for New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Want To Break

Spending winter locked down in the Rutland area? It’s the perfect time to make positive changes.

By Bobby Twidale.

New year – a time to start afresh, clear the decks and set goals for the months to come. But with experts telling us things are going to get much worse before they get better, the temptation to Stay at Home with the leftover Christmas cake is hard to resist.
Instead, why not reframe this moment and make it your chance to develop some life-enhancing behaviours that’ll help you survive and thrive in the first months of 2021.

The top 5 reasons the Rutland area is a great place to start 2021, even in a pandemic!

#1 Get active outdoors
In and around Rutland, we are blessed with an abundance of footpaths, tracks, parks and woodland. Blast away the cobwebs at Rutland Water with its paths, children’s play areas, takeaway cafes and a huge variety of birdlife. All will remain open throughout the current lockdown. Alternatively, head out to the Vale of Belvoir and walk or cycle a section of the Grantham canal path. The Dirty Duck at Woolsthorpe makes an excellent starting point. The pub is serving takeaways during lockdown but phone ahead to order. If you want to give running a go, try the Couch to 5k app: https://youtu.be/of0FZaSRk60

#2 Eat well

There are some incredible food producers in the Rutland area. Our friends at the Melton Mowbray based Great Food Club travel all over the East Midlands hunting out the very best examples. Now more than ever it’s really important to buy local. Find recommendations on the Great Food Club takeaway and delivery map and do your bit to keep a local business afloat:
https://www.greatfoodclub.co.uk/delivery-takeaway/
And don’t forget to visit the GFC website to write your wish list of places you can look forward to visiting when lockdown ends. The recently announced Great Food Club Awards 20/21 is an excellent place to start.

#3 Learn a new skill
Declare spring early and fill your home with beautiful fresh flowers. We love award-winning florist Sophie of Sophie’s Flower Co and her team of Flower Fairies based in the Vale of Belvoir. Not only does she deliver stunning bespoke bouquets, but you can also find her on Instagram for easy-to-follow videos on how to produce your own eye-catching floral arrangements. In more normal times, Sophie is our favourite go-to for gorgeous wedding flowers.

Photo: Sophies Flower Co.

#4 Get the feel-good factor
Don’t feel disempowered, there’s lots you can do to make a positive contribution to your community during the pandemic, even during lockdown. With shielding advice once again in place, there will be clinically vulnerable people as well as others affected by COVID-19 who will need extra support. You can help by volunteering to deliver groceries and medical prescriptions or by simply phoning or video calling to chat. Most towns have a food bank to support people facing food poverty as a consequence of the pandemic.

Find out how you can help in Rutland: Click here

#5 Clear the Decks
Take advantage of any extra time at home to get your house in order and do those jobs you’ve been putting off. Clean out the cupboards, throw out the clutter and finally tackle the repairs you’ve not had time for. DIY stores are still open, and you can book an appointment at your local recycling centre. If not now, then when?

Get on top of your to do list Photo: Roselyn Tirado

Want to turn your home into your personal sanctuary? Look out for our next blog, coming on January 12th .
Filled with top tips from our homes and interiors expert, Amander Meade, “All Wrapped Up for Winter” will help you keep your home looking and feeling super cosy whatever the weather outside.

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