Time to revive this series because I really enjoyed it!
“Might I,” quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of earth?”
“Earth!” he repeated. “What do you mean?”
“To plant seeds in—to make things grow—to see them come alive,” Mary faltered.
― The Secret Garden
It’s high time to start planning your garden year (if you’re in the Northern hemisphere and you haven’t already)! Think about what you want from your soil this year and what you might need to change about your planting space to enjoy it even more. I know I’ll have to change something about the floor of my balcony to make it more inviting, and I need a few more pots. Off to the hardware store!
In the same vein, start growing your greens for this year on your window sill. By the time it’s consistently warm they’ll be big enough to make it out there. It’s a great way to re-use those egg cartons, and spotting the first green peeking through the soil is always a highlight for me. If you’re in the Southern hemisphere growing sprouts and shoots will complement your winter salads!
“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
― The Secret Garden
Take long walks to take in the changes that Nature is going through at the moment on either side of the planet. Find places you’ve overlooked so far close to home so you can head for shelter if April showers strike!
April showers (and hail storms… and snow…)are a perfect excuse to invest in a pretty umbrella, as well. Museum shops and your usual trendy-ish chains carry art- and colourful ones to make you stand out from the crowd. If you’re not opposed to carrying around a full-size umbrella (I admit that I prefer the small collapsible ones) look for an unusual shape like pagoda, flatter or rounder. If all else fails there is always the option to sew lace onto your old umbrella, or put charms on the spike tips.
First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash.
Spring cleaning can be an adventure of its own (or the start of one – I recommend reading the first chapter of The Wind in the Willows before starting). Throw out some things, put a fresh coat of paint around those light switches and smoke out the sludge and dark of Winter. If you’re heading towards Autumn clearing the air for the months inside is just as great.
Spring (or Autumn) clean your mind, too. Find a beach, river or pond and collect pebbles. Take your time to tie bad memories, unwanted habits and negative thoughts to a pebble each. Let them skip and eventually sink into the water to take all the bad vibes with them and wash at least parts of them away.
I hope you’re enjoying the change of the seasons as much as I do! What’s your favourite thing about April? Let me know in the comments! ♥