November – A Survival Guide

November in a “normal” year is a challenging month. Nights drawing in, plenty of rain and the old mojo is flatlining. However 2020 has been the ultimate curve ball and with Lockdown 2.0 confining our activities and movements it is a testing time like no other November.

Here at McAndrew HQ we have a few coping mechanisms, not all strictly healthy but if it gets you through……

Tea
Drink plenty of tea. Mrs Doyle wasn’t wrong, everything does seem better after a lovely cup of tea. Ah go on, go on, go on, go on………

Tunnocks Caramel Wafers
Linked to the tea theme is our favourite accompaniment to a brew which is a Tunnocks Caramel Wafer. A Scottish delicacy with a big following here in the Emerald Isle. So glad that we can get them here in Belleek!

Get Outdoors
Daylight might be limited and not every day suits, but we do try and get out for a cycle or even a run when there is a window of opportunity. No matter what though, Bailey Dog needs a walk every morning and evening.

Relax
Take time to chill out, read a good book or watch a movie/boxset on Netflix (btw…Leave no Trace is a great movie). Just remember not to become a complete couch potato!

Hearth Therapy
There is no doubt that a living flame on an open fire or in a stove is therapeutic, providing warmth and light in equal measure. Throw a bit of turf on for the real deal!

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