Spring has sprung in Great Britain, yet we are all being encouraged to stay at home. Never fear! The Pebbles on the Beach is a wonderful book that will transport you to the beaches and cliffs of Britain. It is a gentle and eccentric guide to pebble- finding and beachcombing in the UK. Reading it is like strolling alongside the waves with author Clarence Ellis, as he explains all manner of wonderful pebbles, and where to find them.
Some of the many wonders to be discovered on British beaches
A fold-out guide displays beautiful watercolours of some of the treasures to be found on beaches, and they are all described in his guide book. Whether you are a diehard pebble enthusiast or just seeking a little escapism, this book offers hours of mindful enjoyment curled up on the sofa. The book is just a click away on Amazon and could be with you in a matter of hours, for less than a tenner (ten English pounds).
Watch the wonderful Detectorists on BBC iPlayer
Not in a reading mood? Nevermind! Detectorists is a beautifully written and filmed comedy-drama, about the lives and loves of two amateur metal detectorists, Lance and Andy. It offers British TV at its creative and comedic best, and offers three series and a Christmas special to occupy your time.
Detectorists in the countryside
Writer, producer and star of the show Mackenzie Crook has described the show as his 'Love letter to the English countryside', and after five minutes of viewing you will see exactly why. Whether you are familiar with the countryside of the UK or not, there are all manner of gorgeous shots and sounds of nature, with brilliantly crafted storylines to keep you hooked.
If you are stuck or staying at home, then this really is the next best thing to getting outdoors. Just click on the link at the foot of this article and you watch all of the episodes for free online, once you have registered with BBC iPlayer.
I won't say a word about the plot, but highly recommend a quick listen to the fabulous theme tune for the show, sung by rising English folk star Johnny Flynn. It chimes perfectly with the honest and heartfelt nature of the programme, and will stick in your mind long after listening to it.
So. If you can't or don't want to go outside, then bring the best of the outdoors in. Whether you are reading or watching (or both), you are guaranteed a gentle and enjoyable few hours. Time well spent, with the best of British!