This week we have been trying to get out for some fresh air in the pockets of good weather during the day - but why limit that to the daylight hours?
Sophie, our MD, has been taking night-walks with her family, heading out in the evenings bundled up with high-vis and torches. They have been walking through the lanes and enjoying the feeling of adventure which makes a walk that you may have done hundreds of times feel exciting and new in the dark.
And they are not the only ones enjoying these walks - discussions on ‘night-walking,’ as it has become known, have featured this week on BBC Radio 2 with listeners calling in to say how much they enjoy getting out after work, exploring their local streets in a new way, and how many of those who feel vulnerable when the streets are busy due to Covid-19 can enjoy their walks more peacefully in the dark.
Walking in the evening can have many benefits such as allowing us to unwind after the day, reducing stress and helping you to get a restful sleep. Walking generally also boosts metabolism and can help with digestion after meals.
We know that getting outside is very important for our wellbeing, and night-walking has been said to promote an even closer connection with nature. In an article for The Guardian, Nigel Berman, owner of the School of the Wild, who organises guided night walks suggests that “in the past few hundred years have we shut ourselves off from our natural surroundings. Walking at night is a powerful way of reconnecting. When your vision is reduced, your other senses are sharpened.”
It is of course essential to make sure you are safe, walking with a friend or family member, wearing hi-vis (as our Pop Up Resident Living Streets encourages all year round!) and take a torch so you can find your way. Happy adventuring!
Recipe of the Week:
It’s Pancake Day this coming Tuesday, 16th Feb, so what better recipe for this weekend than two types of pancakes. We asked James Ferguson from Cooked for his top tips and best methods, so you can guarantee they’ll be delicious.
James’s Pancake Recipes!
Crepes / flat pancakes
Good old fashioned pancakes
James' serving suggestion: Banana, honey and pistachio.