How to cre­ate a per­sonal almanac

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Cover your own lo­cal area, fes­tiv­i­ties and per­sonal cel­e­bra­tions, and use it as a guide through your own year. Buy a notebook, mark out the months and di­vide it into top­ics that in­ter­est you, per­haps…

1 Look up dates for lo­cal fes­tiv­i­ties and fetes and mark them in their cor­rect month in your almanac. Add fam­ily birth­days, per­sonal tra­di­tions and an­niver­saries.

2 Are there recipes that you re­visit ev­ery year? A spe­cial birth­day cake recipe? Your mum’s twist on mar­malade? Even a recipe from a cook­book that you re­turn to again and again for a sum­mer bar­be­cue or an au­tum­nal din­ner. Pop it in so that it is easy to find.

3 Moon phases, and moon and sun rises and sets will vary – if only by min­utes – by area. Find yours. A great source is time­and­

4 Leave space to note the flow­er­ing of blue­bells in your lo­cal woods, the ar­rival of the swifts, and the first touches of au­tumn on the trees.

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