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Friday, 24 January 2014

As January passes...a plan for 2014

The start of the New Year feels fresh and full of possibility, especially after the excesses of Christmas. I always find though, as January rolls on, that despite your best efforts, things can feel a little drab or flat. We are neither in the grips of a crisp white winter nor in the light of some spring hope just yet...so how to manage the passing of January?
For me it is about focussing on plans and dreaming of brighter days. It is also very much about accepting that humans hibernate of sorts too and it's ok to snuggle in, make delicious warming  frugal food while plotting fun times ahead.
Naturally I am in the business of ensuring those fun times are to be had in Staffordshire and for me it's about simple pleasures like a picnic, a walk somewhere new, discovering a new place to visit or a great cafe with top cake.
During 2014, there will be lots going on in Staffordshire to commemorate the Great War of 1914-18. Despite a long time resident of Staffordshire, there are parts that I have yet to become familiar with. The commemorations will be the perfect excuse for me to discover new corners of Cannock Chase, the site of troop training grounds, cemeteries historic landmarks. I also plan to take my off spring to the National Memorial Arboretum to help them better understand the sacrifices and stories of the war and the part Staffordshire played in it.
You can find information about the activities and events happening in Staffordshire from the following links, including where to stay, how to plan a trip and when to visit the county in 2014.

  1. www.staffordshiregreatwar.com - This is the council's website, bringing together events and trails in Staffordshire.
  2. www.learnorganicgardening.co.uk - a beautiful Edwardian garden in Brocton on the edge of Cannock Chase offering garden tours  Edwardian high tea...a perfect way to finish a day of exploring.
  3. www.simplystaffordshire.co.uk - a hand picked guide to Staffordshire highlighting places to eat, stay and visit during a visit.
  4. www,thenma.ork.uk - the National Memorial Arboretum website full of information about their activities and events during 2014.
So, pop some soup on & your feet up and have fun making your 2014 plans in Staffordshire!

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