Lighter mornings. Lighter evenings. Too good to be true? I think not. Linen shirts. Pastel hues. Floral dresses waltz down the streets. Rivers flow. Blossom blooms. Freshly mown grass fills the air. Windows open. A symphony of noise. The dawn chorus sings from above. Walks with friends through fields, ewes watch from afar. Guarding lambs, hours old - A sure-fire symbol of Spring. Inhale. The smell of hope. Blow those cobwebs away. Buds burst open. Daffodils dance. Grass - well trodden - fights back. Declutter. Cleanse. Cultivate calm all around. Clocks jump forward. Hours stretch. Why good day to you Spring!
It was one of those moments that I’ll remember forever. One moment we were cooing over lambs born a few hours prior, as they found their feet and looked at us (and the saucissons!) with wide, innocent eyes. The next moment, we turned and a ewe was in the final stages of labour. A few seconds later, her baby arrived in the world. There was something so raw and humbling and grounding about it all – it was truly the most heartwarming and magical introduction to Spring!
That’s the thing about March and Spring’s arrival:
Signs of life, colour and renewal are everywhere we look. British Summer Time arrives bringing longer, lighter days. And (perhaps it’s just me?) it even smells optimistic!
Which is why, after weeks of embracing the opportunity to withdraw from much of the outside world at home (!) my plans for this month are largely centred around harnessing that optimism and stepping out into the big, wide world!
Think a trip to Madrid, a romantic night away with the husband plus a few antique fairs and the races and you’re on the right track!
I also felt inclined to sign myself up to a gardening workshop taking place later this month because there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to learn and grow. Perhaps the local lambs learning to leap are rubbing off on me!? If they can embrace being an amateur, why can’t I?!
With that in mind, if you’re in need of a bit of encouragement, I highly recommend signing yourself up to that class you’ve been keen to try for months, then letting me know how you get on so that we can be amateurs together!
Finally, thanks to this video shared on Instagram by @modern.scribe, I learnt a new word the other day that I felt inclined to share.
The word being:
(Meaning ‘of or relating to early spring’)
I don’t know about you but I’m one of those people that needs to say a word over and over for it to truly sink in. With that in mind, allow me to end with this:
I plan to take full advantage of the primaveral urge to declutter and clean in the coming days too. After all, there’s nothing quite like the arrival of March to inspire a wardrobe clear out and top to bottom spring clean…
With that in mind, look out for my guide to spring cleaning that will no doubt be going live on here in the coming days!