Spring Is Sprung…?
Is spring sprung? It certainly feels as though it is. After the Beast from the East last week bringing minus degree temperatures, snow drifts, ice and slush aplenty, suddenly this week we have been treated to warm sunshine here in Warwickshire. Not only that, but the buzzards are hovering overhead again, magpies are collecting mud for their nests and the garden really feels as though it’s waking up.
In fact it feels as though we’re all shaking and stretching off the winter. My thick coat (worn inside last week) is now a bit too warm for springtime strolls. The lighter nights feel more relaxed and the extra hours of daylight just make each day feel longer and more productive. There’s something lovely about being able to draw a deep breath of fresh air in too, without it hitting my lungs like an ice block.
I was out walking yesterday, observing some of the daffodils near us that are recovering from last week’s winter weather, and thinking about some of the main things that I love about spring. Autumn will always have my heart (the colours, the temperatures, the different celebrations of light and life) but spring comes in as a close second. I love seeing the signs of budding new life around us. Lambs, baby birds, flowers growing and flourishing from the once dormant looking earth, leaves unfurling.
The warmer weather means that windows can be thrown open again and fresh air can swirl through the house. We can play in the garden or park more easily without risking icy toes and fingers. We can get back outside, creating more areas in our garden, planting new shrubs and sowing more flower seeds. We can open up the play shed and really air it out whilst giving it a good clean and sort ready for this year’s outdoor games and fun.
In fact perhaps that’s the thing that I like most of all. The idea that this is a new, fresh start, and a new opportunity to organise, create and accomplish.
Which season is your favourite?
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