Spring Is Here!
So, Spring has finally arrived in the North East of Scotland!
Having said that, we haven’t actually had a ‘proper’ winter this year. We did have a few days of light snow and some cold, frosty mornings but, on the whole, not much of a winter at all and I have to say that as I do like a good winter, I’m feeling a little bit cheated. I also believe that a good, cold winter is necessary to kill off all the bugs, etc. lurking around at this time of year and when we get a mild winter such as this one, the bugs tend to linger a lot longer. As a teacher working with students on a one-to-one basis, I usually find that, in the years where Winter is pretty much non-existent, students turn up with all sorts of sniffles and sneezes throughout Spring and yes, you’ve guessed it, they usually pass their germs on to me. Whoever said teaching was a glamorous job?? Time to dig out the echinacea methinks.
The milder weather and the longer days are very welcome though and there’s a great feeling of renewal and new life everywhere you look. One day the cottage garden was looking brown and bare, the next there were shades of green popping up everywhere and the garden was awash with crocuses, cyclamen and snowdrops. It was still reasonably light at 7pm tonight and the clocks have yet to go forward (another week and a half before that happens). So yes, a definite change is in the air and if you haven’t already read my post about the 10 things I love about springtime, you can find it HERE.
Despite the longer days though I’m still loving getting settled in for the night, lighting the fire, drawing the curtains and getting on with the latest crafting love of my life. KNITTING!!
The Knitting Is Easy
Ok, maybe not that easy, but definitely not as difficult as I thought it would be. Having said that, I’m still only attempting fairly simple stitches however, I am absolutely hooked and I encourage anyone who has ever thought about learning to knit but has been putting it off for whatever reason to just get out there and do it. Seriously – learn to knit! It is one of the coolest crafts around and if I can do it, anyone can. From having struggled to cast on a few weeks ago, I have now made myself a gorgeous chunky scarf with pom-poms, a fab floral ear-warmer for those chilly spring mornings at the stables, several squares in different patterns for the throw that I’m making and I’m about to start some cute little Easter gifts for some people close to me however, I’m not going to talk about the gifts too much as the people concerned may be reading this and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. More to follow on that after Easter 😉
In other news
I made marmalade! Good, old-fashioned, traditional, sticky, orange marmalade and if you would like to hear how that went and/or would like the recipe to try out yourself, check back tomorrow.
…just before I go, I would like to leave you with this lovely quote about living life.
Remember, the aim of life is to live, so make sure you do the things in life that you love doing, not just today, but always. Embrace life. Enjoy life. Forget about being a grown-up for a while. Think back to the things you loved doing as a child then go out and do them again. Stop worrying about what others think of you. Forget about being perfect. Be your true self – not the person defined by other people’s perception of you. No matter what age you are, let your inner child shine through. Do the things in life that make YOU happy and, above all else, have fun!! Pure, unadulterated, delicious fun.
Until the next time,