The clocks go forwards on 27th and the days begin to feel noticeably longer. We are filled with that mysterious ‘energy’ that tempts us outside, gets us excited and promises that Spring Time is just around the corner. Of course we have been slowly recovering sunlight since Dec 21st but the Spring Equinox really gets our juices flowing.
You may not realise that we experience a state of equality on the equinox itself: A perfect balance of daylight and darkness before we tip into growing warmth and light, rushing headlong toward the June Solstice.
It’s just as well, too, because here in the Northern Hemisphere the winters can feel awfully long. (Sometimes it’s hard to imagine we actually live further North than Calgary and Warsaw! Thank goodness for the gulf stream which brings us warm waters from the equator, without it we would be popsicles!)
This time of year bring the promise of Easter as well as plans for holidays away. Families looking to get away can access a wealth of holiday treats right on our doorstep: the Forest of Dean, The Wye Valley, the numerous Cotswold villages and, a little further afield the rural expanses of South Wales.
We are blessed with an infinite number of attractions for family day trips, with Cattle Country and Berkeley Castle at one end and Cirencester Water Park at the other. If camping is your thing, there are numerous high quality camp sites dotted about the local area, from Hayles fruit farm, Winchcombe to Folly Farm in Bourton on the Water; from Tewkesbury Abbey to the Forest of Dean we are certainly spoiled for choice for places to Stay and Play.
Camping is certainly a budget friendly way to get the whole family together and enjoy being outside. Take a football, a disposable bar- b- que and some waterproofs (just in case), load up on marshmallows and hot chocolate and you are good to go. Kids love the sense of adventure and even if it is a bit of an effort the adults will enjoy the change of scenery. There’s nothing like a Big Sky to clear the mind and relieve stress.
Meanwhile, back at home, the garden will be crying out for some attention and now is the time to get the lawnmower out and start planting those early potatoes. For small gardens use large pots to plant some early vegetables and let the kids enjoy the thrill of growing their own food. You can also plant some colourful bulbs ready to flower in the summer. I find these jobs with the promise of rewards later very uplifting when the days are grey and the mood dips. And getting your hands dirty is a great way to remember what s really important in life.
So this month why not see what you can do to create your summer of fun? You might just be surprised what you can do.