Yesterday morning I awoke and realised as of today, Delphi will have lived through every season once. I suppose by the time she’s my age that won’t mean much, but for now, at one, it seems like a pretty big deal.
I don’t know about anyone else, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s Winters’ end already. I swear it was just yesterday I was packing away the t-shirts and sun hats, watching the leaves turn and wondering if I would run out of ways to cook potatoes once all the summer produce had finished.
Needless to say, despite the grey old morning we had yesterday, it is indeed, Spring. Once I dragged myself out to the kitchen and saw the branches of cherry blossoms sitting on my bench, I couldn’t help but smile and drink in their heady scent.
I often have big plans for a thorough Spring clean, however, this year, I don’t. I think I am just going to do a few bits and pieces as I see their need arise. Rather than spend the warm days inside cleaning, I plan on getting out and focussing on the garden. We have a excavator arriving sometime this week (I hope) to do all the stuff that would take years by hand. I’ve written my spreadsheet, have a list of what seeds still need to be purchased and hopefully, in about 12 weeks time were going to be so overrun with organic produce our family and friends can share in the goods.
Hopefully I will get to spend more time in the pottery studio. I don’t get nearly as much time as I need to hone my (basic) skills and develop my craft. I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head and for the first time in a long time, I went and bought a visual diary to draw and jot down ideas and techniques.
I’ve already been re-reading this book. I’ve definitely mentioned it before and highly recommend it to all women interested in yoga and living harmoniously with the seasons. I actually think that part of the reason I don’t feel sick of Winter is because I fully embraced the season for all its positives. I slowed down, hibernated, ate warming foods that grow and flourish in the cold months and when it became just too darn hard to get to yoga classes on dark nights I gave myself a break.
Tonight I’ve got my first yoga class back in the studio and I can’t express how much I am looking forward to it! I’m looking forward to this season in general as it’s a time to feel light, nourished and hopeful as future plans are made and the present is appreciated.