I’m wishing you a wonderful start (and middle and end) to the spring season. The weather this week has been wonderful here in Victoria, BC. It’s 17 degrees Celsius (that’s about 65 Fahrenheit) as I type this post. It’s hard to believe it snowed here this year, which is a rarity on Canada’s west coast. But I’ll tell you I’m glad to be done with that white stuff and onto a new season! What’s there to love about the spring season? Let me tell you some of my favorites :)
Spring Season Flowers and Cherry Blossoms
They’ll be blooming and I’ll be smiling. While I don’t have a green thumb, I hope my mom will give me some tips when I’m in a house with front and back yards one day. Our condo has maintenance people who do all of the landscaping so maybe I should follow them around to learn a thing or two? Haha.
Here in Victoria, BC, the downtown core will soon have hanging baskets up and they’re a beautiful sight to see. Bold, beautiful… Just so like so many women I know. The big arrangements hang from lamp posts along the downtown streets, a tradition that’s been happening locally since the 1930’s. There are over 1,000 baskets, with each one having 9 plant varieties, including Petunia Carpet Rose – I like that name! Yup, it’s no wonder we’re known as The Garden City.
Another part of nature that Victoria, BC is known for is the cherry blossoms. These trees are exquisite. Some are already blooming, woah that’s an early start. Sometimes I walk under their branches and marvel at the beautiful pink color.
Sunshine and Outdoor Exercise
I am planning to take more walks under the warmth of spring season sunshine. While I have been doing some walks lately, February was really cold here and not to my liking for a walk brrrrr. I could never make it in a really cold climate! Well, ok, I could, but it’s not my first choice ;)
While I can’t be out in the sunshine for long, as per my dermatologist, I put on a hat, sunscreen, and long sleeves and go out to stretch my legs. Walking is also great for the back as sometimes I hunch over my computer without even realizing it for long periods. A walk can do wonders for my stiff back and is a nice alternative to the gym sometimes.
Going outdoors for workouts also means getting a healthy dose of vitamin D. If you don’t take vitamin D supplements then it can be tough to get enough of it in winter. So, how much is enough of the vitamin from the sun? I read that it’s 10-30 minutes several times a week.
Birds in the Spring Season
On those walks, I look forward to hearing more birds than in the past few weeks. For a lot of people, seeing a robin is a sign that spring is officially here. Maybe I’ll hear one singing a sweet tune on the next walk I take.
In the past, I’ve heard woodpeckers during my walks in spring. Those sounds of nature are a reason why I don’t always wear ear buds during my walks – I’d miss all of that natural goodness! I also hope to see sparrows, finches, and swallows.
Out with the Old, In with the Refreshingly New
You know it – spring cleaning! It’s about refreshing the home, including my wardrobe. I plan to donate some clothes I didn’t wear all winter to a local shelter. And I’m still going through a box here and there of stuff I had packed when I moved recently so I’m sure there’s more to donate than I realize at this point.
And as I give away items then maybe we’ll get a few new decor items for the condo. Maybe I’ll switch things around to make them look fresh and new in a different room too.
Oh and I can start to pack away heavy sweaters, pants, and coats! No bulky coat to put on for a while now I hope ((finger’s crossed)).
What are your favorite things about the spring season? Are you excited about the start of the season too?