10 things... I love about Spring

Everybody likes Spring, right? So, I thought I'll put into words and into a random list what I like about this time of the year. Feel free to share what you like about it... :-)

1. Sunshine.

Of course! After the dreadful and mostly grey days of January and February, there's nothing better for the soul than seeing the sun first thing in the morning.

2. Flowers.

Even before Spring, when snowdrops and crocuses are making their first appearance, I get excited about the prospect of seeing nature come to life again. When the daffodils, hyacinths and tulips finally show up, I can't help but smile.

3. Colour.

Colour in interiors, in clothing even in makeup. I'm a big fan of neutrals and happily wear greys, blacks and dark blues all throughout Winter. Come Spring though, I'm suddenly itching to get out the corals, mint greens and pinks! Colour makes everything happier and seemingly more positive.

4. Smiles.

Have you ever noticed that people smile more when it's sunny? Even in London! The sun comes out and everybody seems so much friendlier...

5. Al Fresco dining.

Yes, admittedly you have to be a bit tough to enjoy early Spring dining outside in London as the temperature is generally not quite high enough to enjoy it straight-faced, but in the right spot, with the sun shining onto that spot and a big woolly jumper it's still a great early Spring pleasure...

6. Spring Cleaning.

Yes, I like a good Spring clean in my house. By that, however, I don't just mean the usual cleaning duties. For me it includes re-painting walls, changing pictures, changing cushion covers...I'm sure you know what I mean ;-)

7. Longer days.

I do love to curl up on the sofa with a big woolly blanket and a cup of hot chocolate in Winter. Unfortunately it seems to me that the short days mean that I don't get as much done as I want. I seem to generally lack energy in Winter which then translates into less things ticked off my to-do-lists. Spring brings with it more energy, longer daylight hours and therefore more tasks done! Great!

8. Food.

I like the comfort of Winter food. Stews, soups, roasts etc. are all great - for a couple of months. Then I start to crave fresh salads, fruit, grilled meats and fish. I also tend to switch from red wine in Winter to Rosé in Spring...

9. Outdoors.

I'm really not an outdoor kind of person in Autumn/Winter. I don't like walking around in the rain, I don't like the grey slush we call snow here and I freeze easily. Come Spring though, I'd be happy to do everything outdoors (well, nearly). Going for walks, shopping at markets, parks, eating, drinking meeting friends...

10. Life.

Very general, I know. But it pretty much sums up points 1 to 9. Life just seems happier, easier, lighter and generally better in Spring. Even when things don't go to plan, at least the sun is shining - well, if you're lucky... very lucky in London :-)