#GoodTimeScrapbook (20/04/2020)

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Hello everyone. It’s time for the second installment of our #GoodTimeScrapbook. If you missed this last week, it’s our new series of weekly posts with little ‘scraps’ – ideas – of positive things to see, do and enjoy whilst we’re all at home in these strange times, whether that’s a podcast to listen to, a show to watch, an Instagram live stream to follow, a fun activity to do, or just something generally uplifting.

And as always I’m happy for you, the reader to get in touch. You can leave your comments below during the week to let me know if you’ve taken up on any of the scraps we’ve suggested, or even message us on our Instagram or here if you think there’s something we should try.

Onwards we go then with our look at this week’s scraps…

  • SCRAP 1: Noel Fielding’s Art Class

Not many people know that the star of both The Mighty Boosh and The Great British Bake Off is a talented artist – he did after all design a lot of the artwork for Boosh DVD covers and other merchandise. Every Saturday on his Instagram, he invites young and old alike to present their art on a given theme or topic. Above is a selection of this week’s entries, on the theme of holidays. Some interesting creations I’m sure you’ll agree.

  • SCRAP 2: Miranda Hart’s Chambles

One of the few voices of reason and calmness in our crazy times at the moment is the lady who is what-we-call Miranda Hart. She is uploading a series of chatty rambles – or ‘Chambles’ as she calls them – on both her Instagram account and YouTube channel. We’d highly recommend them for a nice, positive, calming but humourous watch or listen to lift your spirits.

  • SCRAP 3: French & Saunders on BBC iPlayer

Some actual comedy gold has reappeared ready for a binge watch on BBC iPlayer, including the complete boxset, specials and all, of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders’ long running sketch show French & Saunders. Amongst them are their classic takes on Titanic, Silence of the Lambs and Baywatch, as well as fantastically hilarious sketches like this art dealers one from their earlier series. See if you can spot the future Bake Off double act in this one…

  • SCRAP 4: Seedballs for your garden

We were pretty shocked last year when we read that bee and butterfly numbers had fallen sharply in the UK in the last twenty years, due to decimation of wild meadows and their natural habitat. But one small company, Seedball, are changing all of that, by selling tins of these little clay balls of seeds which are so simple to plant and can help bring some beautiful natural pollinators to your garden or even your windowbox or porch to attract our buzzy friends. We’ve ordered a Shade Mix for our patio, which we’re planting up this weekend – and we for one cannot wait to see the results. Plus if you visit their website and sign up for their newsletter, you get 20% off your first order.

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