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What to do when the weather turns grey

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Argh….grey skies, drizzly days. Who needs them? Especially when, like us, you’ve been plummeted straight into bad weather after a spectacular run of sun-filled holidays.

Grey doesn’t have to mean gloomy, though. After a few hours of post-holiday funk, I decided to put together a list of pick-me ups for those drizzly days, to avoid the Winter blues. Here are some of my ideas for ways to keep children and grown-ups happy.

– Purchase (or borrow) some new books, for you and your children, to see you through the season. Snuggling up to share a good read is one of the best ways to replace all those big doses of sunshine.

– Buy a new set of bedding. It makes early nights feel like a treat. And those new books will come in handy when you wriggle into your clean, crisp sheets on a cold evening.

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– Bake cakes, cook stews, brew up jams or chutneys…anything that is enjoyable to make (and even more pleasurable to eat).

– Sign up for that tv series you’ve been meaning to get round to watching. For us it’s Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones seasons 5 & 6, and Breaking Bad (we’ve never managed to get further than series 2). What’s on your list?

– Invest in a decent indoor airer. Nobody wants to be dashing out to the washing line every five minutes to rescue the school uniform from looming thunderclouds.

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– Buy a new mug, just for you. It’ll make those comforting cups of tea feel all the more special.

– Find out what’s on at the local cinema or theatre. When the weather’s bad, the entertainment cranks up a notch, so you’ll usually find something to enjoy.

– Start planning for the next holiday. Whether it’s Hallowe’en prep, Christmas lists or leafing through holiday brochures, a little bit of escapism can help chase away the grey-weather funk.

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– Embrace the drizzle. Yes, you read it right: put on some wellies and waterproofs, and seek out those big puddles for splashing in. You’re bound to come back with rosy cheeks and a good dose of happy hormones.

– While you’re out on your puddle-splashing expedition, why not take it further and make some mud pies? They’re surprisingly good fun, and the rain helps wash away the mess.

– And, if all else fails, there’s always good old soft play……

What do you do to cheer yourself up when the weather turns bad?

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25 Comments

  • Louise
    September 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Once we are back from a holiday, I am straight on with planning the next one though at the moment I have an essay to do for college so that is on hold as an incentive. I don’t really watch much TV but as the days get grayer I just want to hibernate – we are currently watching “Switched at Birth” on Amazon Prime which is highly addictive! x

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  • Erica Price
    September 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Some nice ideas. I am hoping to do the bed linen thing soon and I suspect I will be making green tomato chutney if there isn’t some sun soon.

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  • Sarah Ebner
    September 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    As long as it doesn’t last too long, a grey day isn’t always bad. As you point out, there are always ways to fill those days – when ours were small, we loved jumping in the puddles. These days I’d love to read a book…

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  • Shell Louise
    September 9, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve got to stop buying new mugs because I’m running out space! I keep seeing ones with owls on and just have to buy them!

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  • sarah
    September 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    We ALWAYS go out in the rain, splashing in puddles, the little’s love it! 🙂 HA, I enjoy it too (big kid I am!) Lovely list, especially love the new bedding idea, you can not beat sinking into a nice cosy bed with brand new bedding. Ahhh, heaven! 🙂

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  • JuggleMum, Nadine Hill
    September 9, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Buy new bedding sounds like a top idea – I also enjoy a new pair of PJs to go with it!

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    • Nell
      September 16, 2015 at 10:23 am

      Yes! Even better, a nice pair that you can wear all day long…

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  • angela hamilton
    September 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    wooo I love jumping in puddles, as do the kids, it is so much fun. Yes I am such a child at times lol

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  • Kara
    September 10, 2015 at 6:59 am

    We love nothing more than leaping in muddy puddles! I need to get some new bedding too, made the mistake of applying Sebby’s suncream on the bed and it has stained the duvet cover

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    • Nell
      September 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Oh no! Proof if you need it, that Summer is a hazardous season 🙂

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  • lisa prince
    September 10, 2015 at 10:09 am

    depending on what day it is we love indoor creative and games time or for weekends we love going to museums and things like that

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    • Nell
      September 16, 2015 at 10:22 am

      Yes, museums are perfect for these sorts of days.

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  • Jen
    September 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    I love the changes in seasons, there is something so reassuring in the difference! I get out the candles, change the cushion covers, pout on fresh bedding and we hunker down!

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    • Nell
      September 16, 2015 at 10:21 am

      I know what you mean – it’s good to have changes, isn’t it.

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  • Louisa
    September 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Some great ideas here. I fancy treating myself to a new mug (one that the kids won’t borrow). I love to light the fire and watch an old film in the evenings, it is very relaxing.

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  • Gemma
    September 10, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Great ideas! I especially like the new bedding and also the new series

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  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    September 10, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Love snuggling up with a book on grey days and getting into new bedding is always such a lovely feeling. Splashing in puddles can be so much fun too 🙂

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  • Clare aka Emmy's Mummy
    September 11, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    We do love a spot of puddle jumping here and then warming up with hot chocolate and blankets

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    • Nell
      September 16, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Mmm, yum – hot choc with marshmallows, now there’s a thought…

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  • Bek Dillydrops
    September 14, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Lots of great ideas here. Puddle splashing and baking are my favourites to pick me up on a drizzly day.

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    • Nell
      September 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Yes – a home-made cake can chase away pretty much any ill.

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  • oana79
    September 15, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I always resort to cooking hearty meals, a cuppa and a good book, I actually love a rainy day once in a while, gives me the chance to relax!xx

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    • Nell
      September 16, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Ah yes, it’s nice not to have to go out once in a while, isn’t it?

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  • bluebearwood
    September 15, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I was just chatting to my girls about how we always went out no matter what the weather as they always had some all in one water proofs. Now they’re older the water proofing is harder and so we don’t do it as much. WE play a lot of games when the wild weather sets in

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    • Nell
      September 16, 2015 at 10:12 am

      I know, I’ve always been envious of those all-in-one waterproof suits you see toddlers in…

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