Staying at Home – ideas to keep you calm

  • If you are lucky enough to have a garden then get out and enjoy it. To identify the birds visiting your garden visit
    https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-songs  which is a fantastic resource for identifying birds and birdsongs 
  • Keep in touch with family and friends – give them a call or try a video call here is a BBC guide on how to do it. Alternatively try Skype, Facetime or Zoom
  • Look round the house and garden, car etc., create a list of things that need doing and set aside time each day to carry out some of the work. keeping indoors needs for poor weather days – a chance to finally get started on all those decorating jobs you have been putting off for so long!
  • Get out the playing cards and dust down all those board game
  • Puzzlers may enjoy these sites:

  • Knitting and sewing are said to have therapeutic benefits, if you possess such skills consider using up any spare wool you have by knitting for a charity. See blankets without borders
  • If you have children now could be a time to pass your skills on to them
  • Cardmaking, papercraft maybe another hobby to pursue, numerous websites offer tutorials for all levels https://www.card-making-magic.com/cardmakingtutorials.html
  • Free printable colouring  pages designed for adults
  • Origami projects for all ages
  • This could be a good time to convert some of the greetings cards you’ve stashed away for years into gift tags, all you need is scissors and string/ribbon and you’ll by recycling you’ll be doing your bit for the environment
  • Fancy a good read- now that our Surrey libraries have shut up shop for the foreseeable future, doesn’t mean we have
    to miss out on a good read! You can still access FREE
    eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, eComics and eNewspapers:
    Visit surreycc.gov.uk/elibrary, and surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/reference/ for the newspapers (look for “Pressreader”).
    If you have any difficulty accessing these, please email libraries@surreycc.gov.uk quoting your membership number.
  • On line entertainment
    • The Uke Jam Commune Facebook page is well worth a look.  The organisers are constantly updating with news of live streamed sessions.  Also, Keith Woodhouse, a local guy in self isolation, is setting up a singalong channel. Again info about this is available on the Uke Jam Facebook Page.
    • Virtual choirs are springing up daily. Enjoy singing in a choir? Join the #GREATBRITISHHOMECHORUS both amateur and professional performers are welcome to come together across the country as we experience day to day ‘Social Distancing’.
    • Enjoy a quiz then have a look at
      • Gooses Quizzes
      • Search for – You Tube Jack Edwards quiz night – live on  Sunday
      • Search for Jay Flynn – live on YouTube on Thursdays but can be viewed anytime 
      • Here are a number of links that cover a whole range of different options ranging from music, theatre
        • Ticket Factory 
        • Travel Zoo – virtual tours and experiences including the Louvre, Sydney opera house, Taj Mahal, theatres, aquariums, a safari and much more
        • StubHub will keep an up-to-date list of streaming performances and concerts offering something for everyone, whether it is cultural events, family entertainment, or health & wellness
    • Excercise options
    • Nothing Much Happens – a series of bedtime stories designed to help adults sleep 
    • Do you love cats – Yoga loving cats 
 

Every Thursday 7pm BST on the National Theatre YouTube channel a selection of performances:

The National Theatre

Opera fans: https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-launches-a-programme-of-free-online-content-for-the-culturally-curious-at-home

Ballet fans: https://www.sadlerswells.com/

Things to do at home a comprehensive list, including Audio Books online courses new hobbies and much more https://www.buyagift.co.uk/things-to-do-at-home?

Bridge and other card Games:- Play with your friends on line – you will be able see and to talk with them whilst you play go to http://www.trickstercards.com ( NB not all search engines include the video element – but Chrome does.)