A warm wel­come!

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Ihope you’re all cosied up with a hot cuppa as you read this. We’re half­way through the year – can you be­lieve it?! As time has gone on, I’ve learned to love win­ter more and more. With fewer so­cial events and out­ings, the morn­ings and evenings seem much qui­eter and calmer and I find this time a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore new creative out­lets or just catch up on stuff I’ve been mean­ing to do (like mak­ing those fam­ily photo al­bums).

I asked some friends about the things they do to fos­ter their cre­ativ­ity and a com­mon an­swer was “chang­ing up my set­ting or en­vi­ron­ment” or sim­ply “do­ing some­thing I’ve never done be­fore”. With­out be­ing a psy­chol­o­gist, it makes sense. Surely do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent or be­ing some­where dif­fer­ent fires up dif­fer­ent parts of the brain, right? So get out and have an ex­pe­ri­ence that’s to­tally new, like tai chi or salsa danc­ing, plant a gar­den, start cook­ing, or sim­ply re­jig your workspace.

Walk­ing in the great out­doors in the fresh air also does won­ders with all that blood rush­ing to your brain! Take a look at our for­ag­ing ex­pe­di­tion on page 122 and maybe try ex­plor­ing your own area for fresh, fruity finds. I hope you’ll en­joy the heart-warm­ing dishes that fill this is­sue, too – the cur­ries, soups, stir-fries and meat­balls are all per­fect for frosty evenings.

Happy hun­ker­ing down!

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