Sunday, 8 April 2012

7 Things I Love About Spring

'Spring is sprung
Der grass is riz
I wonder where dem boydies iz?'

I'm not sure where my mom got this, but she's been reciting it every spring for as long as I can remember. And I'm just as subconsciously hooked as she is! So, reasons to love spring?

{ooooh! turns out this is quite the interesting little poem, indeed. Apparently it's the Brooklyn National Anthem and may or may not have been written by Spike Milligan?! More here.}

1. Daylight
Or, specifically: daylight saving time! Hailing from more southerly climes, this concept was lost on me until my first summer in the UK. Nowadays I look forward to it for most of Jan/Feb/March!

Best thing about the clocks going forward? It forced me to make the blind for my sewing room that's been on my Sewing Flagellation List for, like, ever. Y'see, in a fit of makers' anguish, I finally removed the nasty curtain pole & too-short curtains that had been temporarily hung nearly a year ago ... But now the blazing morning sun is beating down on my beloved sewing library and UV protection is needed! More on that soon!

On the DLR on the way home after a day in Clogland.
It's still light!!! And so purdy. 
2. Flowers
Ahhhhh. Spring flowers. Nothing beats 'em. Daffodils (1st offenders?), tulips, crocuses, TULIPS, hyacinth, tulips, other bulbs. Magnolias!! Cherry blossoms! ALLLLLLL blossoms!

Ahem. Excuse me.

I have a rampant urge to snap meeellions of blossom pics every spring but never get around to doing anything with them.

I have no IDEA when or where I took this.
But it's so PURDY!!!
Crocuses outside the Brighton Pavilion
Daffodils springing up out of the rubble outside a neighbour's house.
Determined little buggers, aren't they? ;)
Tulips from a neighbour's garden.
- Mine aren't blooming!!!! :(
3. Green
There's nothing like seeing some leafy growth to cast off that wintry haze.

The sprawling, rampant rose bush by our front gate.

4. Warm!!
Ah, to wear short sleeves & flip flops. It's a joy entirely unto its own.

6. Gardening
See above re: daylight, flowers, green & warm. Add your own homegrown tomatoes (so tasty!) and tadaaaaaa! Joy.

My yield from a few years ago
7. Birdies
We're incredibly fortunate to have the most awesome garden, and to live very close to 2 parks. Birds are in abundance and give us plenty of chirping. They also provide hours of fascination for the fluffs ... As long as they don't catch any birdies, that's fine by me.

Because none of the birdies want to sit still long enough for me to take a pic-a-roo :(

And just for good measure, here's some more poetry:

Der spring is sprung
Der grass is riz
I wonder where dem boidies is?

Der little boids is on der wing. 
Ain't dat absoid?
Der little wings is on der boid!