The last part of March was a delight, culminating into this past weekend with the wonderful warmth and sunshine – it really is a fantastic feeling wearing sunglasses when it’s warm and not just for the glare. London really comes alive when people fill the parks and South Bank, everyone well fed on ice cream and relaxation stretching through every muscle.
The bright mornings and the longer days fill the rooms, and hopefully a little bit of it enter our minds. Again, watching the baby grow and learn new skills reminds me to rediscover what was forgotten. Saying hello to everyone by waving, working on her balance and posture, and having a deep belly-chuckle at an unexpected sight are all things Kaiyang has learned to do recently (still no crawling and definitely no walking yet). These are all things we can do and many of us can would definitely benefit from doing it more.
I’ve spent the warmer days at Greenwich Park, it’s a great sight overlooking the green from the top of the hill and scanning the view all the way to Canary Wharf and the City. Being in the great outdoors even if it’s urban is something that should be appreciated and cherished. So the next thing I did after work the following day was buy two pots of hyacinths to put in the living room.
It may seem bizarre now that nature is blooming all around us to bring some inside. I don’t miss the scent of blossoms during winter but come April, I want to be surrounded by the fragrance and hyacinths are my particular weakness, followed by jasmine. I want that smell from the parks and gardens to follow me home and I want that headiness to hit me when I walk through my own front door.
This time of year, don’t just tend to your outside space and neglect the indoors. Bring nature into your home: put them in your bathroom, on a sunny windowsill, in the kitchen, amongst your books. Anywhere can be a welcoming space if you select the suitable plant. Get advice from your garden center, and choose some greenery to soothe your eyes and senses.
Spending half hour a week looking after your houseplant(s) is a rewarding experience, it allows your mind to relax and wander with the gentle focus that watering and picking off some dried leaves requires. Waking up in the morning to be greeted by your green “friend” can set your mood for the day. Give it a try.
Have a happy April!
Image: Flickr/ Valerie Hinojosa
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