Things to do to live your life well in November...
1 NOVEMBER Swap your spooky Halloween activities for a Gaelic tradition that marks the changing of the seasons. Celebrating the spirits of those who have passed and times of change, the festivities of Samhain include making displays of apples, nuts and sage, lighting magical res and feasting on hearty pumpkin stew with your nearest and dearest.
2-4 NOVEMBER Celebrate Norway’s traditional sh dish at the annual Rak skfestival. Fagernes hosts a two-day party for rak sk (salty, semi-fermented trout), beer and aquavit. Caught in the summer, the trout goes through a 12-week fermentation process, ready for everyone to enjoy in November. * Read more about Norway and its winter traditions on page 106.
13 NOVEMBER It’s World Kindness Day, so take a moment to be kind to yourself and others. It’s inspired by the Small Kindness Movement, born in Japan in 1963, when Tokyo University president Mr Seiji Kaya started a crusade to get everyone to practice a little act of kindness. He hoped that by starting small, it would one day spread and make kindness a norm in society.
ALL MONTH Put pen to paper – November is International Novel Writing Month. You can sign up to join the online community of over 500,000 budding writers starting their own novel. If you’ve always wanted to write a book, it’s a fantastic place to nd inspiration, share the highs and the lows and meet like-minded people. Register at www.nanowrimo.org
ALL MONTH We’re nuts for nut butter, so we’re thrilled that November is Peanut Butter Lover’s month! A great source of healthy fats, protein and potassium, nut-based spreads can be added to porridge, layered on crispbreads or just spooned out of the jar for a nutty indulgence. Go for jars with no added palm oil or sugar to reap the health bene ts.
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25 NOVEMBER “When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance.” Today is the ideal day to get people boogying as it’s Small Business Saturday. Supporting independent shops boosts the economy, plus it’s a great excuse to treat yourself or a friend!
Get involved on social media with #smallbusinesssaturday