I’m not being seasonalist but I’m mighty glad spring is here! My colleagues in finance and development may disagree as they toil relentlessly against the madness that is the end of the financial year. However, as for me, I’m a much happier bunny when the days start to get longer and a bit warmer; when the colour returns to the World as the trees bud and the daffodils bloom.
Do I hate winter? There’s a lot to be said for crisp frosty mornings. And when it comes to the great outdoors no there’s such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes. Indeed on many occasions I’ve been out running in the driving wind, rain and cold getting a kind of masochistic enjoyment (this blog will no doubt get a few disappointed click throughs thanks to that phrase) of me versus the elements.
Frosty morning are all well and good but scraping said frost off the car windscreen with the least valuable card in my wallet (because the proper scrapers somehow all gravitate to my wife’s car) and then driving to work with blocks of ice for hands isn’t fun. However for me it’s the short days – the lack of daylight, travelling to and from work in the dark and the damp grey days when all colour seems lost from the world that can make winter a chore.
So when spring arrives it feels like time to celebrate – it’s why our ancient ancestors and many religions have festival at this time of year, either overtly welcoming the sun back or implicitly celebrating new life or new beginnings. Basically it’s a great time of year to get outside and take in all in the wonders of the natural world - a host of golden daffodils, bluebell woods, nesting birds and the arrival of the first butterflies - the joys of spring are there to be enjoyed and its free so what’s stopping you.