Brian’s Feel Good Picks To End 2020 On A High

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Brian’s Feel Good Picks To End 2020 On A High

We're ready to turn the page on 2020 and look ahead at what's to come but not before sharing a few things that will ensure you end the year on a high. Spending more time at home than ever before, we've discovered a new-found appreciation for the simple things - a delicious home-cooked meal, a comforting glass of wine in the evenings, a gripping TV show or film to provide us with a much-needed dose of escapism, and good music to blast from the speakers and dance around to when it all gets a bit too much.

National Trust, Dunster Castle and Gardens, Somerset.

National Trust Membership

I'm ever hopeful for some culture and fun group outings in 2021. Even though I didn't get much use out of my National Trust Membership this year due to the lockdowns, I'm looking forward to using it far more in the coming year and heading out into the great outdoors to explore the wealth of heritage that the National Trust parklands and properties have to offer.

Kylie Minogue Disco Magic Still

DISCO by Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue may have saved 2020 with this album. What's more, in doing so, she became the first woman to top the album chart in each of five consecutive decades. It's been a real mood-lifter and I've been boogying around to it morning, noon and night. It's got so much airtime in my house that the dogs even recognise the first track, Magic, and scamper into the corner to avoid dancing with me...their loss!

A still from The Queens Gambit, Netflix

The Queen's Gambit

With over 62 million viewers, The Queen's Gambit is Netflix's most-watched scripted limited series to date. We won’t give too much away in case you’re yet to watch it, but the drama tells the story of young chess prodigy Beth Harmon (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) as she rises through the prestigious and notoriously elite ranks within the international chess world. Aside from the compelling story, complex characters and witty dialogue, the cinematography and set design are what makes the show a must-watch in our eyes. Set throughout the 1950s and ’60s, there’s also plenty of mod-inspired fashion inspiration too.

Irish Lamb Stew in a bowl on wooden table.

Guinness Lamb Stew with Vegetables Recipe

It's gotten colder, the days are shorter and I've not been back home to Ireland for a while, so I'm hankering after some home comforts and healthy meals. This hearty Guinness lamb stew with vegetables is doing the trick!

Mulled wine

Mulled Wine Recipe

Nothing says Christmas like mulled wine, and seeing as everyone's gone DIY this year with everything from banana bread to sourdough, it only seems right to make your own mulled wine too. This recipe from Gordon Ramsey is foolproof and goes down a little too easily - just make sure you've had a few mince pies or a bit of lamb stew to line your stomach!