It can seem like you’ve run out of things to do during lockdown, but there are many fun ways to occupy yourself in a healthy way. The Drinkaware team has put together recommendations of our favourite things that we have been doing to keep time ticking on as we enter a new phase of easing restrictions.
Audible Books – Sherlock Holmes read by Stephen Fry. 72 hours’ worth! great for when you’re walking/jogging. - Sheena
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan - Ann
Wonder by Raquel Jarmillo under pseudonym R.J. Palacio. While it is a children’s novel it is a brilliant read for adults too. August, a brave young boy, was born with a severe facial disfigurement and the reaction of those who see him is usually shock. - Martha
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilmore, A Gentleman of Moscow by Amor Towles, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins - Marie
Daughters of Ireland by Debbie Blake looks at the lives and work of 15 pioneering and innovative women in Irish history, women who paved the way for future Irish generations. For example, Dr James Barry (who was born Margaret Anne Bulkley) went to the extreme of masquerading as a man throughout her adult life in order to pursue a career as a military surgeon in the British Army. She qualified before women were officially recognised as medical doctors and in 1826 performed the world’s first recorded successful caesarean section. - Martha
I found a really cool 80’s colouring book called ‘Like Totally 80s’. It’s perfect for using glitter gel pens! - Clara
I've been watching Ozark, After Life and Dead to Me. All different but good! - Marie
Sopranos box set (avoiding streaming and watching on DVD too!) and Normal People (who isn't?) - Ann
Netflix – there is so much choice depending on your taste and I only started using Netflix since lock down! Personal favourite is Suits. - Gillian
I watched Lost from start to finish after years of wanting to but never having the time. And now I’ve just started watching Arrested Development, which has given lots of laughs so far! - Clara
I find that I'm listening to the radio a lot more over past few weeks (but trying to avoid the news where possible is difficult). One podcast I do listen to is the Adam Buxton show! - Ann
People Fixing the World, a podcast by the BBC World Service. Offers a weekly positivity boost of stories of people from around the globe who are sharing ideas and creating innovate solutions to the world’s problems.
Gardening: watering, planting, composting, weeding (just bought a mini glass house!) - Sheena
Bird watching in your garden. You can log into eBird and identify and see the pictures and hear the sounds made by various birds. Really interesting and relaxing while keeping in touch with nature. - Martha
I’ve been using the garden to do at home workouts and I bought a kite, which has been a lot of fun (I felt like I was in Mary Poppins!) - Clara
Walking and Yoga with Adrienne - Marie
Online yoga classes with Janet via Zoom - Ann
Fresh air – a walk in a park or on a beach if possible (I’m lucky to have both close to home!) - Gillian
Nigel Slater’s Classic Ratatouille is simple but delicious - Miriam
I love baking classic buns. The Odlums recipe is my favourite and you can add whatever toppings you like! - Clara
Baking or making a no bake desert! I hadn’t made a cheesecake for years. Be brave and bake or create something new or different. Baking is an art form and is very therapeutic. - Martha
Base: Ingredients - 400g packet Digestive Biscuits 150g/5oz Butter, melted
How to: base
1. Place a 23cm/9" tin on a serving plate.
2. Break the biscuits in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or in a food processor until in fine crumbs.
3. Pour in the melted butter and mix well. Press into the tin. Allow to chill.
How to: filling
To Decorate, remove the ring from around the sides of the cheesecake and decorate with freshly sliced strawberries (or fruit of choice). If you like it, pipe whipped cream around the edge.