Our straight talking Lancashire lass takes a sideways look at the daily news.
Spring has sprung, and it’s amazing!
Today is the vernal equinox! Sure, the word ‘equinox’ is (sort of) associated with hippy Druids and Stonehenge but it’s also officially the first day of spring. Thank God!
Honestly, this winter has been such a drag. Fairly cold, but not cold enough for dramatic wintry weather. Rainy, but not rainy enough to stop the drought in the South East. Dark, murky, long and boring. Quite a damp squib really.
So I welcome the lighter days, the warmer weather and the first rays of spring sunshine with open arms!
You want to know why this spring is fantastic? Because….
This doesn’t really mean much, but factors like the planet’s pull on Earth’s orbit, and Earth’s elliptical orbit itself means that the first day of spring can vary over time. There. You just learned something new today. Go spring!
Summer is a nightmare for me – I don’t like showing the old bingo wings. During winter I look like a resident of Middle Earth (minus the hairy feet, I’ll leave that to the Hobbits). But spring is nice because you can start wearing cooler clothes without revealing too much. If, like me, you’re partial to the occasional maxi dress, check out the iVillage UK Maxi Dress special. Prepare to drool…
Folks, the days are starting to get longer. Hooray! You can put away your SAD light-box and feel the sun’s warm rays on your face. And we’re in for a very clement season this year. In fact, the Met Office are predicting temperatures of up to 20 degrees this weekend! Okay, so this means that there’s a drought in the South East, but let’s not focus on the negative. I usually do, and I’m convinced I’ll get a stomach ulcer unless I lighten up...
You want to know my totally favourite part of spring? Lambs. Sweet, lovely bleating lambs that jump and frolic around fields looking fluffy and adorable. Calves and bullocks are also delightful, as are foals with their unstable bandy legs. It’s the season of new life, and new life happens to be really, really cute! And in my quest to at least try to stay positive, I’ll not mention the numerous cases of Schmallenberg virus that are cropping up all over the show, causing deformities and still births in the sheep population. That would spoil the mood…
Perhaps the best thing about this year’s spring is the prospect of tonnes of colourful flowers. The warm weather followed by a cold snap means that we will all enjoy a flourishing floral season! There’s nothing finer than a beautiful garden in bloom. Splendid!