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Make the most of those longer evenings
Make the most of those longer evenings
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Make the most of those longer evenings

We may have lost an hour of sleep but we have longer evenings. Here's how you can make the most of them!

On Sunday 31st March, the clocks went forward and the longer days of spring finally begun! With daylight saving –and the spring equinox a week earlier – what should you do with the longer days?

How about a friendly stroll?

Even after a full day of lectures, there’s still enough daylight to head out on a stroll and see early spring’s blossoming trees. Encourage a few friends got join you and take in the fresh air together - before heading back to an evening of study!

Parklife

Grab some friends and go play an impromptu game of rounders in the park. Or hark back to your younger years and as Mary Poppins advocates, go fly a kite! This simple and nostalgic activity is a great way to spend your extra hour of daylight. Find a nearby hill or park, untangle the strings and set flight to your kite. But only if the wind is in your favour of course!

And you’ll find they’re not expensive: https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/h...

Take in the sunset

With the clocks going an hour forward, the sun now sets at around 7.30pm. You finally have your evening back! Headout for an evening walk, climb to a high point or find a special spot close to home and simply sit and watch the sunset.

April showers

Next time the heavens open, don’t simply pop your umbrella up or run for shelter. Embrace the rain, and remind yourself that there are few things quite as magical as water falling from the sky. As the saying goes, ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain!’

Greenfingers - of sorts

While student living doesn’t really allow for growing fruit and veg, here’s one thing green-fingered students can do! Grow cress! Its one of the easiest edibles to grow and a great way to make the most of an extra hour of daylight.

How to grow cress:

1. Find a plastic tray – a rinsed food container works perfectly

2. Line the base with tissue paper or cotton wool and soak with water

3. Sprinkle cress seeds across the surface, then cover the container with plastic wrap

4. Place in a sunny window ledge and water regularly

5. This quick-growing seed will be ready to harvest in a week or so. Add to salads, sandwiches or eat on its own as a tasty snack

Your flatmates will definitely thank you for this addition to their 5 a day!

The Range sells cheap cress seeds: https://www.therange.co.uk/gar...

Pick up a new book

Of course, it doesn’t have to be a study or course-related book. True, you can read at any time of the day. That said, there’s nothing better than trying a new hobby and enjoying a good book out in the sunshine, even better with a drink in hand! There’s something special about reading by natural light instead of huddling under a lamp in your room.

And if you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara. Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2015, it’s a powerful, heartbreaking and yet beautiful story about four graduates navigating life post-university.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Littl...

Get exercising

Whether you are a keen runner or simply fancy doing some exercise in the outdoors, get out there and burn some calories! There’s something more exciting about doing push-ups on the grass or step-ups on a park bench - and if no-ones looking, see if you can still do the monkey bars in the children’s playground!

Enjoy an al fresco dinner

Whether its sandwiches in the courtyard or a full-on dinner as the sun sets, there’s something quite magical about eating outside - when the weather is warm and the sun is bright (not quite the same if it’s overcast!). And here another thought - an outdoor meal provides the perfect opportunity for a low key, highly memorable date night. Crack open a bottle of your favourite wine, and watch the sunset together. Plus there’s the added bonus of little or no washing up!