January Blues

January is such a dull month, so I thought I would write our current list of things that we plan/ hope to do this month to brighten the mood and get ourselves outdoors. I find that until the point that the little ones birthday has passed not much planning happens. We are only 10 or so days into the new year so I hope to start as I mean to go on.
1. Lumiere London
This is a free outdoor light festival that will take place from the 14th-17th of January (6:30pm to 10:30pm each night). Areas of the city will be transformed using an array of installations. Here is the map for those that want to go. In addition to this the Skip Garden and Cafe will  be open late celebrating light of a very natural kind with fires blazing to keep you warm. They will be serving food from their wood-fired oven and hot soups and stews from their bike. A pop-up bar will be serving winter spiced delights.
In conjunction with Lumiere London, the Skip Garden will be running some kid-friendly activities in the afternoon. Time to be confirmed.
3. London Model Engineering Exhibition
As most of the regular readers will know or have guessed, my son is a fan of everything that has wheels, more specifically trains! It would be nice to take him to this event which runs from the 15th-17th January.
4. Orchard Wassail at Forty Hall Farm
This takes place on Sunday 17th January (gosh there is a LOT to do next weekend!) from 1-4pm with the ceremony due to take place at 2pm. Wassailing , for those that don’t know (I certainly didn’t!) is an traditional orchard ceremony that has taken place in England for over a thousand years. The intention of which is to thank the trees for the fruit they produce and to wake them up for the coming year. Wassail means ‘good health’ in old English.
5.  ZSL Animal Photography Prize
I would like to make a trip to London Zoo at some point (we have annual ZSL passes) to see the winning images from the 2015 Animal Photography prize which until the 28th February are on display to visitors in a striking exhibition. The exhibition is free with every standard admission ticket to ZSL London Zoo.
6. Along similar lines, I would like to visit the Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum (NHM). This exhibit is on until the 10th April, so we have plenty of time if we don’t manage to visit this month. But it is worthwhile to be mindful to take the trip during the week and during term-time so perhaps on one of my days off in the week we will take a trip in combined with a run around in Hyde Park. This reminds me though that I want to visit the Bauer Brothers art exhibition and experience the David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef Dive.
7. Celebrate Robert Burn’s night with a Burns Supper on the 25th January. For those that don’t know I am Scottish and The Burns Supper is an institution of Scottish life and an evening to celebrate his life and works.. In our case, it will just be a traditional meal for the three of us but you can read all about the traditional running order of the night here. Here are some recipe suggestions if you want to join in!
Mr and Mrs T Plus Three

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