Good Things via Instagram

Amongst the challenging news filling our feed there are some wonderful things happening. Oliver Jeffers is reading one of his books every day until it’s safe to go out again. Tune in at 6pm when the stories go live: this week there’s The Way Back Home on Thursday 19th March and The Great Paper Caper on Friday 20th March. He’ll also be answering questions after the stories so leave one beneath his instagram post before 6pm. Chris Martin began a new hashtag #TogetherAtHome and performed a live gig from home taking song requests from fans – before passing the baton to John Legend who has since nominated Charlie Puth to go next. Molly Mahon is showing everyone how to do block printing from the kitchen table – with more videos coming soon. Bread Ahead’s founder, Matthew Jones will be offering free online baking tutorials live on Instagram every day at 2pm, starting with their legendary donuts. Brick House Bread are also posting about self-isolation sourdough so you can learn to make and bake bread at home. Soho Farmhouse Pilates teacher Chloe Hodgson and her son Jacoby will be doing weekly 10 minute workout sessions to do at home for parents and kids.  E-mail her at for more details (apparently Arnold Schwarzenegger will be publishing daily videos for older people to do at home!)  Gareth Malone is starting an online choir called The Great Britsh Home Chorus and you can register now. We have loved seeing the images of dolphins and swans swimming up the canals in Venice for the first time in years – see them by searching Venice in the Places tab (or @lizzieloveshealthy has posted some on her stories). And it was via Twitter that we heard the National Trust will be opening their gardens and parks for free during this time, so that everyone can enjoy their open spaces to relax.

— Daisy Allsup
18th March 2020

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