The shortest month of the year, February always seems to come and go in the blink of an eye. Before the month quite escapes you, however, here are some fun things to see and do:
2/ Celebrate your girlfriends. Valentine, what Valentine? Apparently it’s all about Galentine’s Day now, and – although you don’t need a specific day to celebrate the fabulous women in your life – it’s definitely worth taking some time this February to acknowledge how much your gal pals mean to you.
3/ Do some match-making. Now, Emma Wodehouse has taught me the dangers of meddling too much in the affairs of others, but a well-meant introduction can never be a bad thing, right?! Personally, I’d consider even Emma’s interventions preferable to the horrors of anything app + dating related.
4/ Pick up a copy of Hannah Kent’s new novel, The Good People, which has just been released in the UK. I loved Hannah’s first book, Burial Rites, and I’m going to her talk about The Good People at the Piccadilly Waterstones tonight. I can’t wait!
5/ Keep on eye open for the first shoots of Spring as you take walks, and fill your home with flowers. Hyacinths are currently filling my living-room with scent, and I have a few sprigs of blossom in a vase that I love to sit and admire when I have my tea in the morning.
6/ Bake your own bread. London is going through a real cold spell at the moment, and there’s nothing quite as comforting as the smell and taste of freshly baked bread to enjoy with some soup for lunch.
7/ See a show. I’m a big fan of Gilbert & Sullivan, and the Pirates of Penzance at the London Coliseum sounds hugely entertaining.
8/ Go out for brunch and order pancakes (note: Shrove Tuesday is 28th February). I’m tempted to try the pancake stack at LLS, a new(ish) cafe in Hampstead (although as they’re gluten free and vegan, I’m not sure they’re naughty enough for a pre-Lent binge…).
9/ Start a journal chronicling a favourite activity: knitting projects accomplished, books you’ve read, exercise goals, recipes cooked, wines bought & tasted etc. It’s a fun way to keep track of your year and honour a favourite pastime. I started a books only instagram account (@mirandasbookcase) to keep track of my recent reads, and I’m loving it!
10/ Invest in some attractive nightwear to make cosy evenings at home that much more pleasurable. I love the Ted Baker for Debenhams collection.
++ A Few More Things ++
Organising the first Miranda’s Notebook Book Club meet-up!! (This definitely tops the list!).
Going on an ‘air bnb experience’ event with the lovely Talitha. Flower crowns are involved, so I’m excited!
Trying out the new breakfast menu at The Gate.
Celebrating a good friend’s achievement at The Bloomsbury Club Bar (I’ve been with friends once already this month and am happy to be going back; it’s got a great atmosphere!).
How about you? What’s on your list to enjoy this February?