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Sunday Short #4 – Spring

Welcome all to the fourth Sunday Short, this week on Spring. A new format of post, this will be more personal and reflective, and much shorter than my usual blog posts.

Things I’ve been thinking about this week – Spring

After my cold Baltic adventures, it has been great to get back home to the UK. And I’ve been pleasantly surprised finding the weather here is altogether more spring like, albeit with a hefty dose of rain. As I said I would last week in my appreciation post, I have been taking it slow and this week have been noticing the signs of spring.

daffodil

What does spring mean to you? To me it means flowers, and the start of the growing season. As our modern lives take us further away from natural and the natural world, I like to stay connected to the earth. And spring is the first  reminder of the earth’s magic each year.

My favourite spring bulbs are the crocuses. I *love* crocuses, and the way they flower in a specific order, like magic. Here we have white, purple and yellow everywhere, and they come into flower in that order respectively. I love seeing the crocuses come out, and take it as the first sign of spring. My next sign of spring is the daffodils. There are always daffodils, beloved by councils everywhere, making even a dull spot look cheery and sunny. This year their hardiness impressed, with most of them surviving the late snow.

And Wordsworth captures it beautifully

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

 

Week Review

The Sunday Short also features a review of the past week, and some thoughts on the coming week.

Past week

  • Got back from my holiday early in the week, and had a case of post holiday catch-up. You know, when all the things suddenly need done at once, and the drudgery of laundry and putting away holiday clothes.
  • Acclimatising back to the “warm” UK weather outside, and the “cold” temperature inside my house. Honestly, in the Baltics everywhere was roasting inside, whereas I keep my house at ~18C.
  • Had a fun Chinese lesson explaining what I did on my holiday ……. in Chinese! Wasn’t as hard as I thought, and the simplicity of Chinese words always amuses me. Today I learned Medieval is 中世纪, composed of the characters for middle, world, era / century.
  • I’m trying to be a good team player and help people through the busy period at work, playing a supporting with lots of listening and coaching even though my workload is not too bad.

Gardening Seasons begins

seeds

  • Today I jumped in with both feet and started my garden. I’m a lazy gardener and like to grow things tough.
  • I grow: tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies, peas, beans, lettuce leaves, radish, kale, broad beans, potatoes, herbs, sweetcorn.
  • And I want to see if I can get these harder seeds to germinate and grow: loofah, hops, yard long beans.
  • I’ll also be growing some companion flowers, marigolds, nasturtiums and fried egg plants.
  • And purely decorative, I always grow sunflowers, poppies and wildflowers.
  • Gardening costs so far: £5 compost and seed potatoes, and some labour of love

And the coming week 

  • I’ll be monitoring those seeds I have sown like a hawk, looking for signs of germination. Given the indoor seeds are in heated propagators, things should start popping up in a few days.
  • Running is back on. Starting a new 6 (!!) day a week 5k training plan, to see if I can get a good 5k time before my next marathon.

Over to you?

  • What items have you been thinking about this week?
  • Do you garden? If so, what do you grow?
  • Has it been a good week?
  • Any plans for next week?

13 comments on “Sunday Short #4 – Spring

  1. Due to living in a concrete jungle, I do plant gardening. It’s amazing what will grow out of a tiny container. It’s still snowing here so I’m still left dreaming about what I’ll do.

    Sounds like you’ll have a wonderful garden!

    1. It’s amazing how you don’t appreciate the poetry when they teach you it a school, but as an adult suddenly you get it!

      Thanks, I may pick your brains on the hops, I have just learned they are started later in the year for the next year.

  2. “you don’t appreciate the poetry when they teach you it a school, but as an adult suddenly you get it!”

    Funny that, isn’t it? There were only two poems I ‘liked’ at school, the others just sent me to yawnsome zzzzzzz’s! One of the ones I liked (Kipling’s ‘The Way Through The Woods’) I still know off by heart, even saying it in my head in my teacher’s strong Welsh accent!

    Being into my home brewing, I’d love to grow my own hops but I believe they need a lot of sunshine to flourish? Fat chance of that happening up where I live!

    Am well impressed with your green-fingered skills – the past couple of years, I’ve tried growing stuff and only managed a single tiny chilli (yet I was so proud of it!) Do you have a greenhouse?

    1. I don’t think we did Kipling at school, which I’m taking as good, that’s one they have not spoiled. Being Scottish we had a lot of Burns, and I think I can still recite quite a few of them.

      I’ve got my fingers crossed for a good summer here with lots of sunshine and showers – they do grow hops here, so hopefully they will survive…..I don’t like beer, but I do like the smell of hops….especially when they put them up in the country pubs.

      And yes, I’m lucky enough to have a large greenhouse,,,,,it makes things much easier, and provides my cat a dry and warm place to lounge about.

  3. I love to garden. Here in the mountains, we don’t put anything out til the middle of May. In a week or so I will start tomatoes and lavender inside.. Then I will start leafy greens in a couple of weeks.

    1. Hi Lizzy, thanks for commenting. Sounds like you have a shorter growing season than us, once my seeds have germinated they are being evicted to the greenhouse!

  4. and here’s your list of flowers. whenever I think of the UK I think of daffodils and roses, sometimes peonies… these are my favorite flowers also but I live next to a greenbelt so no sun, and no flowers 🙁 enjoy the gardening fun and we want lots of pictures…

    1. Yeah daffodils and roses are fun, and kinda traditional. I think greenbelt must have different meanings, that’s sad you have no sun or flowers.

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