This past Sunday was a fine spring day – the blustery, invigorating kind we get by the river at Greenwich. As I watched the waves move gently along at high tide, it reminded me of the ebb and flow of qi and blood coursing through our bodies. When it’s moving along as a river should, then it is a glorious sight. But sometimes when the tide is low and all you really see is the sediment with the seagulls picking their way through the silt, then it really is stagnation epitomised.
With the arrival of British summer time, it is time to stretch and shake ourselves, body and mind, awake. All laconic movement from the past few months should give way to a much livelier self. The gardeners among you will have already spent the last month hard at work preparing the ground and pots. If you’re not a natural gardener, or don’t have the space, I still highly recommend getting a houseplant or two. I personally like perennials, those plants that keep on giving, coming back year after year. But that does mean I miss out on the gorgeous colours of annual blooms. You decide what you like and go get some, the green foliage is like a soothing balm for our eyes in this world of screens and technology.
Embrace the spring vegetables now: Asparagus, tender stem broccoli, cauliflower, gem lettuce. It’s still too early for tomatoes so refrain, you’ll only be disappointed. Take a break from lamb, you don’t need its heartiness now that we’re done with winter, and go a little easier on the ginger. Enjoy fish if you like, although also give some attention to other seafood as well such as scallops and squid. The best way to have it is the simple way – lightly pan fried.
Enjoy fruit of all colours, although if you’re pregnant avoid mango. As always don’t have anything ice cold. Carry on with the warm salads and herbal teas – the days are longer and brighter but the weather still isn’t warm enough.
Some of you may have started the year with gusto, finding new hobbies or work in January but for the ones who were just holding something back, now is the time to do it when nature all around us is waking up too.
Image: Flickr/ Kate Ter Haar
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