Get productive during the Lockdown

Days at work mean the list of jobs around the house have gone untouched for a long time now. Lockdown can be a great time to start ticking off your to do list and stay within the boundaries of guidelines and restrictions.


There may be a group in your neighbourhood that needs extra volunteers. From joining an organised group, helping someone vulnerable in your street by collecting groceries for them on your own essential shop to making sure someone elderly/vulnerable on your street knows they can get in touch, even for a chat on the phone - we can do our bit in our communities and still stay safe.

Support your Local Businesses

The doors may be shut on some of your local businesses for now but the virtual door will always remain open. Give small businesses your support with a like, follow or share from their social pages.

Visit our blog here on all the Handpicked Members with links to their social platforms to get you started

Get in the Garden

From pruning and weeding to mowing the lawn, there is always something to do in the garden. Why not start a vegetable patch?


Prune evergreen shrubs, such as juniper and yew, in late March or early April before new growth begins. Light pruning may also be done in mid-summer. Avoid pruning evergreen shrubs in the fall. Fall pruned evergreens are more susceptible to winter injury.

The best time to prune is after flowering. If the plant needs to be renovated, or severely reduced, this can be done late winter and early spring just before growth begins. Remove old flowers (deadhead) and cut back to healthy outward facing buds. Remove damaged, diseased, old wood and straggly growth.

Tackle that ironing pile

A chore many of us loath but with spare time on our hands, it's amazing what we can get through. Not only will the house look tidier but there is an air of self satisfaction when the last item is hung in the wardrobe.

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Clean the Oven

Yes we are with you, even on lockdown this chore will most probably stay at the bottom of the 'to do' list but it's always an option.

Start your Family Tree

Learning more about your family history is a great way of not only keeping the kids entertained but has an educational element too.

Try a Home Workout

Lots of our local gyms and personal trainers are finding ways of loading workouts for you to do from home. Find them on your social channels and await the latest updates.

Visit our members Lee Murphy Personal Training who has lots of ideas on keeping you moving.

Cook or Bake Something New

We continue to add lots of new recipes for you to try. Most are budget friendly or use cupboard ingredients - give one a g. Tip - select the recipe category and find them all in one place.

Clean up your Phone

From running an update you have been putting off to sorting out your pictures, there is always something tweak on your mobile to keep you amused.

Escape with a Good Film

Yes we hear you. Unless you have Sky, Netflix or another form of platform with more up to date films, you are stuck with day time TV and movies from the 1980s. Sometimes a bar of chocolate and Short Circuit isn't such a bad thing though...

Get a Takeaway

Supporting our local takeaways is so important under the current restrictions. If you have a favourite give them a call or pop over to their social media page to see whether they are open and delivering.

Stay safe stay well and stay at home.

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