Now that Easter is on the horizon, a lot of us will be having a few well-earned days off.
Whether you’re just spending the long Easter weekend at home, or you and the kids are taking a longer break for the school holiday, a lot of us will be putting our feet up.
If you don’t fancy vegetating on the sofa and stuffing yourself with chocolate eggs, though, Easter also presents the opportunity to get out from under the winter gloom and start preparing for summer.
If you’re incredibly prepared, you’re probably already creating a list of things that you can do over the break. If you’re not quite so prepared, however, I’ve put together a few ideas of some things that you could get up to over the Easter break…
Start work on the garden or allotment
If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or allotment to work on, spring is obviously the ideal time to get to work on it. Now I’m no expert in plants and vegetables, but even I know that this time of year is an ideal one for preparing your garden for summer. Why not try your hand at growing your own veg this year? Potatoes can go in around now, and you could be eating the fruits of your labour with a summer barbecue… Speaking of which:
Get the barbecue prepared
Unless you’re incredibly organised, chances are your barbecue will still be in a bit of a state – and the last thing you want to do when you decide to have a last-minute barbecue is to clean all the burnt-on food and grease off the grill. Why not make the most of the good weather and clean up the barbecue ready for when it gets warm enough to use? You’ll be very grateful you did when the neighbours pop round for a last-minute barbie in May!
Have a clear-out of the kids’ toys
If you’re anything like me, the arrival of the school summer fete season will be greeted with a mad dash to find some old toys or other things you can donate to the toy stall or tombola. So why not get ahead of the game this year and start the kids’ spring clear-out nice and far in advance. And if you’re struggling to persuade the kids to part with those old toys and games, tell them you need to make space for the new stuff – I find that usually inspires my children nicely!
Start on the DIY!
Many of us will have spent the winter cooped up in the house, staring at the same four walls – and spotting all the little issues and jobs that you didn’t get round to last summer. Even if you don’t have a long list, though, now is the time to dig out the tools and get started on all the little jobs that need doing – you can get them out of the way before holiday season approaches! Speaking of which…
Book yourself a short break or some camping
Now that the weather and temperatures are improving, thoughts inevitably turn to holidays. Don’t worry if you haven’t booked a big summer break to look forward to though – this time of year is the ideal time to bag yourself a bargain! Whilst most people look for their holidays just after Christmas, lots of destinations will still have space left – and Easter is the ideal time to get those deals, as they will be looking to get everything filled up before the season starts.
Do an Easter egg hunt
You don’t need to scramble (‘scuse the pun) around hiding eggs in your garden these days – there are tonnes of organised egg hunts up and down the country, with Cadbury in particular leading the charge on hunts that are open to the public. Many National Trust properties run their own egg hunts too, so you’re bound to be able to find one nearby if you look!
Take a trip or two to the local tip
Whilst this might sound like a weird suggestion, it’ll actually save you a lot of time in the long run – once May arrives everyone will be thinking the same thing, and the queues for the rubbish dump will go on for miles. So why not get ahead of the game and do that big clear-out now? You’ll spend a lot less time sat in your car queuing than you will a bit later in the year!
Henry Elliss is a digital marketer by day and a pun-loving, dad-blogging, photo-taking, Lego-making, beard-wearing, child-caring father of two and husband of one by day, night, weekend and every other moment. For more family adventures, reviews and parenting hints and tips, visit Henry’s Fatherhood blog at http://www.henrysblog.co.uk/.