I’ve spent a lot of time complaining about the late onset of Spring so far this year, haven’t I? To be fair, most of the country has, it isn’t just me! It’s been a good few years since we’ve had to experience snow at Easter, so for us sunshine loving Brits, who would normally ditched the boots and got out the sunglasses by now, it’s been a bit of a kick in the teeth that nature hasn’t been living up to expectations! I’ve been so consumed in my displeasure at the unusually low temperatures and freak snow flurries that I’ve failed completely to notice and appreciate that even though it’s cold and a bit miserable, Spring IS here, along with some of the benefits that cheer me up without fail every year.
It’s light when I get up for work now, and it’s SO much easier to face the commute when the sun is up and the birds are singing. The cherry trees in my parents’ garden are finally starting to blossom and everything is slowly but surely becoming a little more green. Best of all though, sunset is later, meaning we get to claim back a few more hours of the day, and my favourite thing to do with that bonus time is head out with the dog.
We had our first proper evening walk (I say proper because we’ve had the odd stroll around the block after dark, but for a Beagle that just is not the same!) on Friday and it really reminded me why I love this time of year so much. It wasn’t particularly warm, but being outside enjoying the fresh air at 7.30pm felt like such a treat and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! The birds were cooing as they came in to roost, the field had just been cut, leaving the delicious smell of grass lingering in the air, and the sky was the prettiest shades of pink and lilac as the sun started to dip. It felt exciting to me – a bit how you felt as a child when you’d fully expected the normal tea and bedtime routine, but then your Dad decided he needed to pop round to someone’s house for an errand and you got to lay out in the garden with their kids for an extra hour!
It really brought a lightness to my soul, and reminded me to remember to miss out on the good things in life while always focusing on the negatives.
A little bit of sunshine would be nice though….