Seeking out new experiences doesn’t have to be difficult, complicated or expensive. It can be surprisingly easy to transform an activity from mundane to magical.
Take picnics. I love them at any time of the year, but they can be a bit dismal in January – shivering while you eat your lunch on picnic rug in the biting wind. But why do we always have them in the daytime? Push things back by a few hours, and you create a completely different experience. A picnic at dusk is a rare and exciting thing.
As the light begins to fade at 3 o’ clock, pack up your picnic, fill a thermos flask and grab a blanket. The best picnics are often the simplest – our favourite thing is soft white rolls, filled with hot sausages straight from the oven (and a drizzle of chilli jam). This, plus a flask of tea and something sweet, is all you need.
Then head to your chosen spot before darkness falls. We went to the riverside – normally a very familiar environment, but now curiously exciting in the fading light. Grey water became sparkly, narrowboats twinkled and the smell of wood smoke filled the air. The boys ran around like loons, fascinated by the blanket of darkness that was quickly covering us.
We chose a bench by the river, wrapped ourselves up and sat and ate our sausages. We watched the early evening dog walkers go by, and soaked up the sounds and sights of the familiar, yet unfamiliar.
As we finished eating the rain started, and we hastily made our way home – which only added to the sense of adventure.
We spent nothing, we were barely a mile from home, but we experienced such a simple sense of adventure. Try it this weekend!