WE are now deep into the first week of the annual Trades Fortnight.
And, while some will be basking in sunshine abroad, or spending time in other parts of the UK, countless others are opting to stay at home this year.
Going a day here and there offers families the ideal opportunity to explore some of the many attractions literally on the doorstep.
How many of you, for example, have taken time to enjoy a guided tour of Glamis Castle, or visited one of a number of National Trust for Scotland properties in the Angus area?
Take a farming trip back in time at the Angus Folk Museum in the village of Glamis, visit the birthplace of local author and playwright Sir J. M. Barrie in Kirriemuir or take a trip on the Caledonian Railway and visit the House of Dun on the outskirts of Montrose.
Other local attractions include Forfar Castle, which is reached via Castle Hill through an iron gate in Canmore Street, the Meffan Gallery and Museum, where you can follow the Forfar story, the Kirriemuir and the Glens Museum situated in central Kirriemuir. A short walk away in the birthplace of Barrie is Cumberland Close (just off the main square), with its string of craft shops, and a courtyard featuring a Millennium Fountain and memorials to a number of the town’s famous sons.
Rural Angus also has much to offer, including Peel Farm Coffee and Craft Shop, the spectacular Reekie Linn waterfall, and the picturesque glens of Clova, Prosen, Isla and Esk.
There are some wonderful walks in and around Forfar and Kirriemuir, while the more adventurous may wish to go deep into the glens to enjoy hillwalking or Munro bagging.
For the sporting enthusiast, the football season is up and running, with local club, Forfar Athletic, at home for four out of the next five Saturdays, while the bowling focus this week is on the annual Kirriemuir open tournament, with Forfar’s to follow throughout next week.
The cricket season continues down at Forfar’s lochside, an area that is also home to Strathmore Rugby Club, Forfar Sailing Club and Forfar Lochside Leisure Centre.
Yes, there is plenty for the stay-at-home holiday-maker to see and do.
Just get out there and enjoy it - and hope that the wet weather stays away for what’s left of the holiday season!