joys of spring

The Joys of Spring

Spring is finally here! It seems to have taken a super long time coming this year. We got a bit more snow than usual and prolonged sub-zero temperatures in late February, then another spell of snow in mid-March. So when the air finally warmed up a little and spring bulbs began bursting into vibrant colour they were most welcome.

I do the walk to our local primary school three times a day (school for my daughter and nursery school for my son, which is only a half day). I certainly enjoy it far more when there are pretty flowers in gardens along the route to admire. My children often point them out too, wanting to know the names of them. My seventeen-month-old tries hard to repeat back everything she hears at the moment and her attempts are often adorably inaccurate!

For some reason, the start of spring signals a fresh start, a blank slate, a time of optimism- far more than the official new year in January does for me. Perhaps you find the same? Even though I try, I often struggle to get motivated in the cold and dark winter time and find that motivation (or perhaps inspiration?) flows more naturally and effortlessly in the lighter, warmer months.

I remember planting out the mixed daffodil bulbs last autumn and having to keep chasing away a pesky squirrel that seemed intent on digging up as many as possible soon after I planted them. He (for some reason I assume it was a ‘he’!) was such a cheeky rascal and each time that I stomped outside to clap my hands to chase him away, he returned only seconds later for another attempt to thieve them! So I’m pleased that plenty remained untouched in the ground. I like to pick a few stems of daffodils to display in a vase on my kitchen table as they brighten it up no end. Daffodils are symbolic of spring in my mind.

vase of daffodils spring decoration

 

Every spring, we find a local wood to visit as most of them can be sure to have a carpet of bluebells covering the ground at this time of year. The vibrant colour lifts my spirits and makes a beautiful backdrop to take photos of the kids having fun running between the trees without a care in the world.

Visit a bluebell wood in spring

Even though I’m not a huge fan of the cold weather, I still count myself lucky to live somewhere with clearly defined seasons. Variety is the spice of life, so they say. Perhaps I wouldn’t appreciate the warmer months as much if there wasn’t a contrasting season to compare them to.

I know that some of my readers live in different countries and continents…what is the weather like for you right now? Has spring arrived where you are, or perhaps you are in the southern hemisphere and summer is drawing to a close? Or perhaps there aren’t very clearly defined seasons where you live? If so, perhaps the prospect of cooler weather is rather welcome?

I’d love to hear about it, reader comments always put a smile on my face 🙂

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4 thoughts on “The Joys of Spring

  1. Oh, Sarah – your flowers are beautiful – and so glad that Spring is on the way ! Celebrating Easter here in Pennsylvania with my dear husband. Wonderful church service this morning, lazy day, now ham, cottage potatoes, asparagus, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. And, while Spring may be on the way here…so is SNOW! It is no April Fool joke…2-5 inches expected overnight. I am glad it held off for all the egg hunts this morning and hopefully it will melt soon. Happy Easter to you and your family!

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  2. Spring is lovely, but down here in New Zealand, we’re heading into autumn, though i don’t think summer knows that yet and summer is having it’s last hurrah, offering us warm temps and some definite humidity. Those bluebells you showed, are gorgeous, i’ve never seen those before, such a lush carpet of them. Do they have a fragrance? My part of New Zealand doesn’t have snow, so i don’t really know what it would be like to live with that.

    Jane

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    • It’s difficult to imagine the opposite season right now, I feel rather jealous of your summer days in NZ!
      As far as I know bluebells don’t have a scent…but I’ll check for you next time we go to the woods.

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