Winter Life 2017/18

“Cauld blaws the wind frae east to west, the drift is driving sairly;
Sae loud and shill’s I hear the blast, I’m sure it’s winter fairly.
Up in the mornin’s no for me, up in the mornin early;
When a’ the hills are cover’d wi’ snaw, I’m sure its winter fairly.”

Our national poet, Robert Burns, beautifully described back in the 1700s how hard it can be to get up early on a cauld winter morning and get motivated for the day ahead. It’s only natural in the short days and long nights to hibernate away the winter blues, but remember these cauld nights are a great time to recharge, heal, reflect on what you’ve experienced in the past year, and look forward positively to what new adventures and life journeys await you in the year ahead. Reflect back with gratitude for both the good times and bad, no matter what celebrations or challenges you’ve had, remember 2018 is a brand new year and a blank page to the rest of your life. As Kyle Falconer said in our exclusive interview with him, “You’ve got to be in it to win it!”. So get stuck right into 2018 and life itself, give it all the passion and positive energy that you can, do your best no matter what, and it’s sure to become a winning year for you!

Reflect back with us, here at City Life Dundee, in our Soul Voices of Dundee Jazz Festival 2017 review and gain inspiration for the year ahead with some of the amazing international artists who eagerly share their own life advice. Look back with us at a milestone year for Dundee’s Kyle Falconer in our Kyle Falconer Talks Solo feature, where he also shares with us the next exciting musical chapter in his own life journey. Dr Tony Cox takes us back to Auld Dundee Life with his Tattooed Women of Juteopolis feature. Take a Scottish winter break in our Travel article, and treat yourself to a traditional venison pie in our Food & Drink article.

There’s plenty to keep you busy throughout this winter. Spend an evening with “The World’s Greatest Psychic”, Dundonian June Field, on the 21st of February. Alex Salmond is unleashed with some conversation and comedy on the 2nd of March. Look out for the Dundee Women’s Festival in various locations between the 4th and 17th of March and take the family along to Broughty Castle on the 15th of March where some of the castle’s secrets will be revealed.

Try one of granny’s traditional winter beauty remedies in Hair & Beauty. Learn simple ways to keep your home warm In the Home. Get ready for a spring clean In the Garden, prepare your car for winter On the Road, and switching banks can make you money in our Financial article.