A warm welcome!
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!