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We hope you are all managing OK? It is hard to keep upbeat and motivated when every day merges into the next, when we forget what day it is, what time it is or even who we are?

We are at the beginning of May and edging closer to the slackening of lock down and seeing our friends and family again. Only a few more weeks we hope. In the meantime a few tips and recommendations from the Attic team. Happy reading and happy May!

Daisy has befriended two donkey called Mary and Joseph (obviously)

Five things that are keeping the Attic Team Sane

1) Remaining as social as possible

We are trying to stay as well connected as possible but also appreciate it can be exhausting. The Attic team are hosting pub quizzes. Sarah has got us into a game called Psych, (From the creators of “Heads Up!”) it’s a great game where you have to outwit your friends.

Alternatively, Alice has been doing Disco Bingo which has been a huge success. One person organises a bingo card of disco song titles. The Games Master then proceeds to play disco music through your zoom meeting. I think everyone can guess how it goes…. Ali is even attempting a game of Trivial Pursuit on her weekly family Zoom meeting.

2) Cooking

I think everyone is doing their fair share of cooking, some of the team have got into hand-making pasta like the Italian Nonnas, see Pasta Grannies.

3) Cocktail night!

A friend of Attic’s recently recommended: The Paloma Cocktail. One-part tequila, three parts fresh pink grapefruit juice topped with soda. Serve over ice with a wedge of lime. Give it a go. Its perfect for this bank holiday weekend.

4) To add to cocktail night, we really recommend Strictly Come Dancing’s Oti Mabuse’s online dance lessons. They are fabulous and are guaranteed to make you giggle.

5) Volunteering

We are all trying to do our bit, shopping for elderly, ensuring that our neighbours have their medication etc… Alice spent two days last week peeling potatoes for charity.

Even Bob has taken up Chess

Plank Pose – plank helps build strength in the core, shoulders, arms and legs.

Do it: Plank pose is good if you are looking to tone your abs and build strength in your upper body.
Skip it: Avoid plank pose if you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome. It can be hard on your wrists. You might also skip it or modify if you have low back pain.
Modify: You can modify it by placing your knees on the floor and build up to the full posture.
Be mindful: As you do a plank, imagine the back of your neck and spine lengthening. See how long you can hold it for and build it up.

4 Benefits to Practicing Plank Pose Every Day
Strengthens Your Core. …
Increases Muscle Definition. …
Heightens Metabolism. …
Reduces Back Pain. …



Twin – BBC Iplayer

It’s a Norwegian crime drama which is as addictive as it is visually beautiful – the Norwegian scenery and those Scandi home interiors! It feels like pure escapism.

After Life on Netflix (written by and starring Ricky Gervais)

I can’t remember the last time I’ve watched something which made me laugh and cry within the same episode. If (like some) you find Ricky Gervais annoying, don’t let it put you off. as there’s a lot to him. I’ve really warmed to him. Especially after hearing him talking on a podcast about how he’s mainly spending lockdown eating pasta and drinking wine.

Because our newsletter is only bimonthly, we want to wish Captain Tom a very Happy Birthday from all of us, he has been an inspiration to everyone and shows that it doesn’t matter how old or able you are, you can always do something for charity. Also many congratulations to our Prime Minster for the birth of his son.

Have a wonderful bank holiday and we hope that you are enjoying some our newsletters, even if they are a bit of fun. Our aim it to keep in touch and to keep you entertained.