Don’t waste a single second of those extra days…
Hooray for May and its two bank holidays. After a cold, dark winter the two long weekends this month come as a welcome relief and offer the chance to tick things off that ‘to-do’ list, spend time with friends and family, and generally try things that you never usually have the time for.
So here’s how to make the most of every last moment.
Cook: There’s nothing nicer than the smell of baking wafting through the house. Bake up a storm for friends or family this bank holiday – but do it the healthy way by skimming through the delicious recipes for everything from blackberry bakewell tart and chocolate fondant in The River Cottage Gluten Free Cookbook. £20 (www.waterstones.com)
Read: Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. A May bank holiday is the perfect time to finally get round to spring-cleaning. This illustrated guide to the KonMari method will help you sort your essentials from the excess and streamline your lifestyle. £9.14 (www.amazon.co.uk)
Listen: How many of us would like to read more poetry but can never quite find the time? The ideal soundtrack to your bank holiday baking or tidying session is The Poetry App. Featuring more than 100 poems by literary greats such as T.S Eliot, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Byron and W.H Auden, all are read by actors, including Rosamund Pike, Emilia Fox, and Jeremy Irons. You’ll be hooked from the first download. Free (iTunes)
Wear: Whether you’re getting out and about for a bracing walk in the spring air or are lounging around enjoying the extra day at home, hush’s Cashmere Boyfriend Jumper is chic, cosy – and the perfect investment to help your wardrobe transition seamlessly into the new season. £185 (www.hush-uk.com)
Perfect: Sit back, relax – preferably in a lovely hot bath to open the pores – and get your skin spring-ready with a mask. Soothe with our Herbal Lavender Repair Mask, brighten with our Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask or nourish with the Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask.