February may be a bleak month for many gardeners, but for Richard Orton it is a window of time to dream and plan. Here he reports on his hopes for this year and preparations for opening the Lewis Cottage garden to the public, which include building a viewing platform for a new pond. And in his top tips for February, he includes a simple growing project for little ones - to make a cress egg head.
Giant puppets and live music will brighten Crediton Town Square again this month as well as the picnic tables which proved so popular in the summer. Following the success of the Share in the Square events, organiser Jack Robson presents the line up for a special weekend of festive outdoor entertainment organised by Crediton Arts Centre and CODS.
This time of year is usually filled with spooky Halloween discos, dressing-up and trick or treating. All is not lost though! Local mum Charlie Richards has rounded up a few ghastly Halloween themed things to do in and around Crediton to keep the spirit alive.
As children return to school after a six month break, some may be feeling quite anxious. While some young people will welcome the return of the school routine, others will be finding the social and academic pressures very difficult. In her latest blog, counsellor Laura Sollis suggests the best way to help a child with school anxiety could simply be to listen.
Creative activities are lots of fun and have the added bonus of developing skills such as problem solving, basic counting and mark making, which are all especially important for under 5’s. Let Kat from The Creation Station Exeter & Mid Devon inspire you to try some different creative activities at home with your little ones.
For many people the worst part of lockdown has been separation from their grandchildren. Local writer Mary Stephenson came up with a novel idea for keeping in touch with her grandson - she wrote him a story, recorded it with sound effects and music, and then sent it to him. She is offering to help others do the same.