This week there were definite whispers of Spring in the air. While out walking, we found camelia bushes, magnificent magnolia trees and the tease of a little early blossom dotted amongst the treelined streets of our neighbourhood.
As March draws to a close it’s time to give the garden some love after it’s annual hibernation. We spent the weekend clearing and preparing our beds for the months ahead, raking out the dead leaves and growth, cutting back and making way for new shoots to emerge. I tied my honeysuckle along the back fence, it’s tendrils had grown long and unruly and we washed the patio, lifting off the green slime that creeps in over winter. My winter roses are in bloom bringing a little burst of life here and there and miraculously a few scabious flowers are still going strong – in their 9th month of flowering which must be a record.
The last stretch of winter is always a bit of a slog but the sense of awakening that comes from Spring’s arrival is surely the best feeling in the world. With the lighter days and the warmer temperatures, we’ve even managed to open our back door over the last few days and draw chalk roadmaps for the children to push their cars along on the patio. It’s all good for the soul.
I’ve been cooking a lot of new dishes in an attempt to integrate the kid’s evening meal with ours to save me from making two separate meal types. I’ve used Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good a number of times and love her style of cooking and use of flavours. I’m also loving Madeline Shaw’s Get The Glow – I made her Mexican lamb in lettuce leaf wraps one night and every body gobbled them down much to my surprise given the kid’s have always rejected lamb in the past.
Things I’m thinking about:
- I want to make my own granola with the kids this week.
- Hoping to roll my own candles again soon as the ones I made before Christmas have been used up. It was such a satisfying craft and the end product was both useful and pretty.
- How much I love overalls on my kids. I found this pair for Raff from Gap and couldn’t resist them. He said he was dressed like a baby when I put them on him for the first time but I reminded him I was wearing a pair myself and he then seemed ok with it.
- We’re in the process of fixing a little week away in Cornwall in May which makes me long for salty sea air, fresh crab sandwiches and a pint of doombar bitter.
- It’s time to repot our seedlings into bigger individual pots now which will be a fun activity to do with the boy one afternoon
- My favourite bracelet the kid’s gifted me for Mother’s Day last year broke one morning this week and all the tiny beads scattered across the floor. Luckily we retrieved them and I am hoping the shop will fix or replace it. It’s one of those dear to my heart sentimental pieces I truly treasure.
- It’s the mr’s birthday next weekend so the kids and I will bake a cake in his honour. He loves a Victoria Jam Sandwich so that’s probably what we’ll do
- I feel a mixture of relief and pride that Raff is now dry at night. There are some big leaps in independence going on at the moment which is liberating but a reminder of how precious the days and years are with little ones.
- I’ve been diffusing lemon, peppermint and Idaho Blue Spruce most days lately and the smell is out of this world good.
Happy almost new week folks xo