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Spring has sprung upon us

on March 1, 2014

It’s funny how February is only just a few days shorter than every other month of the year but it seems to go by so much quicker. Like a reward for the long, dreary endurance test of January.

So here we are into March already with a lighter spring in our step at the fore.

Imagine I’m not in Singapore for a moment. (It’s been ‘spring’ over here for some time now and we are actually in the midst of a drought.) Spring brings the promise of longer days and sunshine. Of colour and the removal of multiple layers of clothing. Of lambs frolicking in fields and onto dinner plates. Except mine, Nana Moon never invites me for Sunday lunch if it’s roast lamb.

Spring is the season of optimism as we shrug off the weight of winter and the long comedown of Christmas.

It’s time to start noticing the small things again. The rise of small delicate crocuses, a welcome sight after long months of empty landscapes. Marvel at the golden hue of daffodils, it is St David’s Day after all and National Pig Day. Look out for the welcome greeting of sunshine jostling for space in a less cloudy sky.

Before long there’ll be fields of beautiful bluebells. Perhaps not always full of native bluebells which is often lamented but still a sight to behold though and with over 1,300 bluebell woods nationwide go find your nearest one at http://www.VisitWoods.org.uk/bluebells. Definitely one of my most favourite things to do. I remember seeing our wedding venue, Blackbrook House, Derbyshire (www.blackbrookhouse.com), looking so pretty nestled amongst all the wild bluebells and the bluebells at Kew Gardens, London.

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It feels good to re-awaken the senses. To shake off what we shouldn’t be doing with all the New Year’s Resolutions made way back when, all but forgotten, and start thinking of all the things we should start doing, whatever that may be.

As much as I love autumn for the cosy months I envisage ahead. I love spring for the hope, warmth and smiles it brings to people’s faces. Everyone feels a whole lot cheerier when there’s the promise of the great outdoors to look forward to and that can only be a good thing.

So get outside in search of the March hare, eat pancakes (4 March), give something up (again? 5 March), celebrate working women on International Women’s Day (8 March), drink Guinness and do an Irish jig with a leprechaun on St Patrick’s Day (17 March) and spoil your Mam on Mother’s Day (30 March).

March is shaping up to be quite a busy month.

Before that though, I need a good night’s sleep. After mentioning Common Cold had come to stay earlier this week, I seriously underestimated its influence. It seems being almost 40 has no bearing on my ability to resist a drink in hand when you’re having a long overdue catch up with friends. But just even the one glass was one too many and I forgot I wasn’t really feeling completely well and took a ‘funny turn’ but I was in the company of extremely caring, good women who looked after me and took me home to Husband. A special thanks to you all.

Sometimes you’re so busy doing, especially with young children in tow, that you often belittle your own needs or are distracted from what your body is telling you. So I’m going to advocate this spring that we all look after ourselves a whole lot more, make more time for a bit of what makes you ‘blooming’ happy and really embrace springing forward.

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