5 Ways to Escape the January Blues and Competition

28 January 2017

January always seems to be the longest month, dark nights and mornings can be so depressing and not to mention the dismal weather we can get.  I often feel like hiding away, if only we could hibernate like animals but this not being the case I have found 5 fun ways which help me get through January. I also have a great competition to win the 6 DVDs mentioned so be sure to enter.

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1.  Head outdoors - exercise is a great way of improving your mental health. Even if the weather is horrible you can wrap up warm and still enjoy what nature as to offer.

2.  Throw a family get together - seeing family can be a great way of catching up but also a great reminder in years to come of happy times spent together.

3.  Book a short break - visit a city you have never been to and research places of interest nearby.

4.  Visit a Spa - treat yourself to a spa day, relax and be pampered. Go on you know you deserve it and you will return feeling special. If budget is tight you can always have a spa day at home, light candles in the bathroom and relax, put on a facemask and do a manicure and pedicure on yourself.

5.  Have a movie night - watch a film you wouldn't normally choose or take it in turns with a partner or child, grab some popcorn, a bottle of what ever takes your fancy and cuddle up on the sofa. There are some great movies which will immediately transport you into another world, below are some of my Warner Bros Great Escape favourites.

  • Gravity - an intense thriller set in space
  • Inception - sci fi action involving DiCaprio stealing ideas from the subconscious mind
  • Jupiter Ascending - from the creators of The Matrix a visually fabulous film not to be missed
  • The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies - the epic conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy
  • Pacific Rim - robots and alien creatures battle
  • Rise of the Empire - battle at sea but very blood thirsty and not for the faint hearted
To win a copy of all the above DVDs please complete the rafflecopter form below and good luck.

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175 comments:

  1. Would to be nice to for a long holiday in Dubai over the Winter as too cold here

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  2. I plan to escape by hitting the house for spring & watching boxsets!

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  3. I escape the winter months by reading books I'm then transported to anywhere I choose to read about :) x

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  4. By going to my wonderful local park everyday

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  5. Long walks in the woods with the dog

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  6. A walk every day in fresh air and lots of movie nights.

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  7. think australia would be really nice

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  8. I don't want to escape the winter, it's my favourite season! I struggle with the heat and the summer is too much for me. At the moment I don't even wear a coat most of the time!

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  9. Reading books in a red hot bubble bath! :)

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  10. I dont i buy lots of winter woollies and embrace it then ots home to watch tv books and films

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  11. I would love to escape to somewhere hot but it's going to have to be escaping to the sofa with the fire, hot water bottle and a good cuppa

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  12. i'm usually desperate for a short break away by the time february half term comes round but if we don't manage to then we try to have a few family days out together and a nice meal out often feels like a nice escape.

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  13. I am off to Spain in a couple of weeks :D

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  14. long walks with the dogs in the daytime and then cuddling up on the sofa watching tv

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  15. i will just be curling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate

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  16. Winter months are perfect for hibernating - blankets, hot chocolate, box sets, films and cuddles.

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  17. Cuddling my wife on the sofa

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  18. I escape to the sofa with a good dvd or book and dream of clear blue skies and warm sunshine.

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  19. Go to bed with a good book.

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  20. Go for long rides in the hills on the horse with the dogs running alongside.

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  21. Spencer Broadley29 January 2017 at 07:02

    Curl up on the sofa in a warm front room with some classic sit-coms

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  22. By catching up on boxsets under the duvet

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  23. By catching up on boxsets under the duvet

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  24. snuggled up in front of the tv watching all the programmes/movies I have been meaning to catchup on for months

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  25. Margaret Clarkson
    Whenever possible keep warm in the house, with a good book

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  26. By hiding under the duvet and refusing to come out.

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  27. By I laying under a duvet and chilling

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  28. We are having a holiday in the Caribbean

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  29. Long walks in the park with Alf, my dog

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  30. Plenty of long walks along the river .

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  31. We go on lots of dog walks with the kids and our peppa and we always go to places we've never been before so it's a new adventure 🐕

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  32. I try to embrace January by watching the dark nights get lighter. Before you know it, it's March, and we have the lighter nights back again ☺️

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  33. We booked to go to Tenerife - lovely and warm there

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  34. I'm going to Italy in a few weeks, looking forward to it!

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  35. Curling up on the sofa with a good book or boxset is my favourite way to escape the cold and miserable weather, I'd love to say we have some great adventures planned but due to health issues and pending ops all adventures may be last minute

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  36. I`D LOVE TO SPEND WINTER IN THE CARIBBEAN

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  37. by retreating in front of a warm fire with a good book to read and the radio on

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  38. I curl up under a duvet and binge watch a Netflix box set xx

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  39. Curled up in bed playing video games.

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  40. Watching movies under a blanket!

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  41. christine shelley29 January 2017 at 15:47

    We have a lovely flat in Sidmouth in East Devon, where we go to in the winter months

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  42. Going for a nice crisp walk, having something in the slow cooker cooking, coming back and eating it...ahhh!

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  43. Eating lots of stew and reading books curled up in my duvet.

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  44. We're going on a winter break to a cottage in the woods!

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  45. Make the most of the weekends with walks in the woods

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  46. Off to Bulgaria to visit family

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  47. catching up with all my boxsets

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  48. By watching lots of TV and chatting to loved ones.

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  49. I like to curl up with some knitting and cross stitch.

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  50. I like to keep warm and cosy with blankets and watch tv.

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  51. open fire with some good dvds x

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  52. keeping warm under my duvet

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  53. Snuggys on sofa watching boxsets

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  54. Working in Spain during the summer plus winning those dvds will give me something to watch after work as I've only got Spanish TV.

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  55. Easy. Watch reruns of all old F1 races

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  56. I have a sad light to help me to escape

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  57. By re-watching Prison Break on Netflix!

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  58. Now retired we escape in our campervan. Very snug and never cold, very efficient heating system :)

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  59. By hibernating with hot chocolate

    Kay Sherman

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  60. I'm getting under the duvet and not moving for 3 months - leanne w

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  61. im going to Warsaw , lol so i will still be cold!

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  62. On the sofa with a blanket and wine.

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  63. Would love to go on a sunny holiday but can only afford one holiday a year so will have to make do with curling up on the settee in front of the telly

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  64. We go to Iceland each you on holiday

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  65. Hibernating until Spring! Haha - if only :( x

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  66. I read a lot more in winter, I like to escape into a good book with a blanket and a cup of tea.

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  67. I escape the winter months by staying inside and losing myself in a good book.

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  68. By making a blanket fort and snuggling in with the kitties!

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  69. always take a winter holiday, some sunshine to get me through the long winter months is perfect

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  70. Cosying up on the sofa with a good book to read.

    Rachel Craig

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  71. Close the windows, batten down the hatches and eat chocolate until Spring.

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  72. i would love to go to spain but it seems that they are colder than us at the moment, So i think it's a case of closing the curtains snuggling down with a good book or watch some good tv

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  73. Booking as many mini breaks as I can

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  74. I like to tuck up in bed with my kindle, detective fiction and spy stories. My partner prefers a movie, so this would be perfect.

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  75. Like Baldrick 'I have a very cunning plan!' which involves convincing everybody around me that we are infact living in Australia...where it's the height of Summer ;)

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  76. There's no better way to escape winter than snuggling up with a good book under a blanket with a hot cup of tea.

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  77. My escape comes when I come in through the front door and settle down in front of the telly.

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  78. curled up on the sofa with the dogs and good tv

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  79. I plan to escape by keeping warm indoors

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  80. Hibernating with the cats, duvet and Netflix!

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    1. I start planning my holidays for the year so it gives me something to look forward to over the cold winter months.

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  81. I'm planning to get snuggled up each night with the heating on, hot water bottle and blankets. And just escape the world with a good book or TV program.

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  82. I escape the winter months by reading books under the duvet

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  83. doing lots activities indoors where it is warm, baking, crafting or just snuggling with a good movie/book

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  84. By using my electric blanket in bed

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  85. this year we were treated to a break at a Forest holidays resort and I have to say I will be booking it every January if I can - am self employed in retail so the run up to Christmas is very busy - found this place amazing with log fire, hot tub and lovely walks

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  86. By hibernating in bed with Netflix until Spring lol

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  87. Planning time away someplace nice and warm

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  88. Kelly Annette Townsend15 February 2017 at 10:10

    Long walks in the local country park

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  89. A movie night with some snacks it's perfect in my mind.

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  90. A caravan on the coast and lots of long walks with the dog

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  91. Going for walks as often as possible

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  92. I went to India to get away from it this year

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  93. Would love to be able to hibernate but don't think the family would be very happy!

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  94. by sitting by the fire, drinking tea and watching films

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  95. Hibernate! Lots of cosy days/nights in with a good movie and snuggled up on the sofa under a fleecy blanket.

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  96. We went to Sri Lanka, we tend to do a longhaul destination

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  97. Reading loads of books and watching alot of catch-up tv. Still watching tv shows from Christmas!

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  98. Hide in my onesie! If I could afford it I would go abroad! (@PeanutHog)

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  99. I've started swimming and I'm praying I'm swimsuit ready in a couple of months for my summer holiday.

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  100. I'm planning to book a last minute city break in March

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  101. My escape is to curl up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate, bar of chocolate and a couple of dogs and lose myself in a classic film :) probably Disney!

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  102. watching films snuggled on the sofa

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  103. I can only escape in my mind so reading books and watching movies.

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  104. We're off for a break to Lanzarote

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  105. We are going on a 2 Night break to Belgium on P&O ferries in a few weeks

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  106. I escaped to lanzarote at the beginning of the year, its nice and warm there!

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  107. I love to read! So I just read & get taken away into another works

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  108. by watching lots of netflix

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  109. No we will wait to the summer, we love our movies too so this would be great

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  110. by going for nice brisk walks

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  111. When I'm not taking the dogs for a walk, I'll be cuddled up in my tartan blanket.

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  112. Snuggling in front of the tv

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  113. To my bathroom in a hot bath!

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  114. Watch some travel programmes & daydream. @jaizduck

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  115. I've spent it reading :) EJ Dunn

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  116. I walk on the beach or in the local park wearing lots of really warm clothes and it doesn't seem like winter. It's incredibly relaxing too.

    Hazel Rea, @beachrambler

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  117. We have some friends with a villa in Spain so if we are lucky we may get a long weekend away

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  118. It depends on the day but either going for long walks with the dogs in he country or snuggling under a blanket with a cup of tea and either a good book or dvd xx

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  119. We are taking the kids to Butlins!

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  120. Long walks then a delicious soup

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  121. I would love to just hibernate and wake up in spring but in reality we will be watching a lot of kids films hiding from the crappy weather planning what cool things we will do in the spring!

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  122. No going away this winter with the amount of rescue animals in care, so we will be making the most of the crackling fire, hot chocolates and fluffy blankets when all the jobs are done and the dogs walked.

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  123. I get a group of friends over and my sisters and we have a girlie weekend in my house...getting merry, watching dvds and generally enjoying spending time together...really great weekends :-)

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  124. I curl up on the sofa with some magazines, chocolate and a cup of tea.

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  125. I plan to escape by spending lots of time with the family snuggled up eating popcorm and chilling out!

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  126. hot baths lots of reading on the kindles and movie night on the sofa

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  127. Snuggle up in bed and do lots of comps!

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  128. I actually go on holiday in Sept/Oct every year to Orlando and then I have recently started heading to Spain for a long weekend in January - which breaks up the winter blues for me

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  129. I am reading books of different genres than I usually read or making myself take time out to watch a whole film as I usually only manage to watch one half way through before I have to go out or do something else.

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  130. I'm going to Aus this year for a family wedding- can't wait :)

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  131. I'd escape the winter blues by dreaming about summer holidays and visiting travel websites!

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  132. Can't stand the cold - would love to HIBERNATE !

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  133. Andrzej Szymanski18 February 2017 at 17:19

    Watching the Australian Open tennis tournament from sunny Melbourne helps if I do not go abroad during Winter which I only manage every few years.

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  134. Would love to go to Florida for the whole winter!

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  135. Love going out for long country walks
    MichelleD

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  136. by curling up warm on the sofa and colouring / read books

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  137. I'd love to be sitting in a beach hut at whistable with a whistling kettle and a sea view

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  138. By hibernating!

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  139. A walk every day in fresh air, and some hiking in the Lake District at the weekends.

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  140. Watching lots of box sets on Netflix.

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