Ahead of the long weekend, we wanted to share with you one of our favourite, light-hearted articles from our current Spring issue of In The Country Magazine. You can get your hands on the full issue to read this and so much more, here. But for now, soak up this Spring inspired list style article.
With the long awaited end of the winter months, there are some tell-tale signs that we all often look out for as the new season begin to make an appearance. Here are our top ten signs that Spring has arrived and the wet, windy and cold weather is behind us for another year.
1. The universe has spoken. The March equinox is the official tell-tale sign that spring has arrived. It varies from year to year but this time around, it occurred on the 20th March, so ahead of everything else, this is a definite sign that spring has arrived.
2. Mini eggs. They're everywhere and there are so many variations. We all know how it works, as soon as Christmas is out of the way - before even - in some cases, the shop shelves are littered with Easter eggs. I must admit, I am not a Creme Egg fan, I am more of a Mini Eggs girl! This perhaps isn't a sign that spring is here, more of a sign that it is just around the corner, providing us with some kind of promise that there will be a relief from the wind, rain and colder that winter brings.
3. Alive with colour. The earth becomes alive with new plant life. Bright greens begin to peek through the once frost covered soil and those iconic spring flowers begin to bloom as they begin to get the sunlight they so need to thrive, once again. Bluebells and Snowbells populate woodland and vibrant yellow Daffodils line the roadsides up and down the country, even for just a short while, this is an undeniable and highly anticipated sign of spring
4. Morning birdsong is back. Living rurally, you'll be familiar with the sweet sound of morning birdsong and for many of us, the arrival of spring brings with it the welcome return of the birds.
5. Don't forget your umbrella! I think many people get rather ahead of themselves at the first sign of spring and they forget about April Showers. Spring is renowned for being a rainy season, so think ahead and invest in an umbrella that you can keep in your handbag or in the car. Don't be caught out by the weather, be prepared.
6. Spring cleaning. As the spring sun begins to pour through our windows and into our homes, all of the dust that has accumulated over the winter months gets highlighted as it glistens in the sunlight. This sparks the sudden desire to dig out the rubber gloves, duster and cleaning supplies ready to give the house that annual 'spring clean.'
7. New life. The farms and fields become alive with new life; lambs, calves, piglets, foals and crops. One of my favourite times of the year is during the fleeting spring months where I can drive through the countryside admiring the clumsy new additions bounding around the fields finding their legs.
8. Bless you! For many, this is a time of year when hay fever strikes. Luckily, I don't suffer from it but my partner does and so I feel it's wrath too (if you know what I mean!). Typically, tree pollen is the first to cause trouble, occurring from late March to around the middle of May. This pollen is thought to affect around 25% of people. However, grass pollen is the biggest culprit of those itchy eyes and noses. When there aren't enough tissues in the world to stop your nose running, it's time to crack open the allergy tablets in hope os some relief!
9. The events season has returned. So you've reluctantly bid farewell to the game and hunting seasons for another year, but the arrival of spring means that the show season is nigh. With country shows, polo, clay shooting events and the arrival of the equestrian competition season there is so much to look forward to. Swap your wellies for your deck shoes and your flat cap for your sunnies, head outside to bask in the glorious sunshine and soak up the atmosphere of the outdoor events season.
10. You'll feel it. This is a rather strange one and something which is noticeable but hard to explain. The phrase having a 'spring' in your step is rather apt here. Perhaps this could be down to the emotional and motivational slump many people find themselves in during the winter months known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. Now that the damp has dispersed and the promise of new life, sun and warm weather has returned, you've magically re-acquired your mojo almost overnight!
We hope you have a wonderful long weekend! Thanks for reading! Please note: all images within this article have been sourced from Royalty Free website, Unsplash. They are not my own.
Until next time...
Lots of love,