Just like that, Spring has arrived in West Lancashire. And I am so happy to see it. I don’t know about you, but once we start the new year, I’m always itching for the arrival of Spring. The light nights, warmer temperatures and re-appearance of greenery brings a whole host of excitement and buzz for the year to come. And finally seeing all the plants blooming and sprouting up around is so uplifting to see.
There are so many things that I’m excited to come over the next few months, and I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favourites here on a bucket list for the Spring season. If you’ve followed Mile in My Glasses for a while, you might know that I post these every season. You can read the Autumn and Winter editions, too.
Mile in My Glasses’ Spring Bucket List
Take Advantage of the Light Nights
Nothing says Spring is finally here like the nights brightening up again. The air feels fresher, the sun is out longer and the day’s generally feel better. There’s nothing I love more than knowing the sunlight will stretch way past hours after finishing the work day, giving chance for evening trails, hikes and sunset jogs on the beach.
Try Your Hand at Gardening
Spring is a season of gardening and new life. Getting outside and tending to your ‘green thumb’ is a great way to exercise both of those things. Have you wanted to do some landscaping? Or perhaps create a herb garden or plant some vegetables. I’ll be spending the season getting some flowers and shrubs planted in our garden to bloom and bring colour through Summer.
Get Outside on the Weekends and Try Hiking
If you’ve followed Mile in My Glasses for a while, you’ll know of my love of both hiking and trail running. With Spring finally returning, I’m so excited to return to my favourite woodland to pick the hobby up again. It’s almost impossible to do during the treacherous weather, and dismal light of Winter, so I’m already raring to go for the next 3 months.
Bask Underneath Spring Blooms
As Spring progesses, so does the planted flowers and beautiful trees. Colours will pop up everywhere, and going around spotting and enjoying the sights is almost an activity within itself. Take in the vibrancy and blooms as they spill new life everywhere.
Nurture Local Wildlife
From a very young age, my Mum has always taught me the importance of nurturing the wildlife. She feeds hedgehogs, foxes, even the local birds that pop by our backyard in the mornings to say hello. Because of her appreciation for all of nature, it has always taught me to love and care about every single living being on this planet.
Spring is a great season where new life dawns, and being mindful of the animals existing around you is so important. Whether you give back by sponsoring local animal charities, or you buy bird seed and lay it out where you see them feeding daily. Try to give back to our animal friends this season.
Take a Roadtrip Somewhere You’ve Been Meaning to Visit
Every season is a great excuse to visit somewhere new. And every season opens the doors of a different place blooming in its perfect light. There are places perfect for Autumn, Summer, Winter and, in particular, Spring. Head towards towns of blooming blossoms. Of avenues of vibrant buds and nests of wildlife waking up to the warmer weather.
Spring is a beautiful season to see somewhere new, so dedicate a weekend, hop in the car and go explore!
Try Baking a Seasonal Dessert
Is there ever going to be a bucket list where I don’t recommend baking? Probably not. Another seasonal trend that never goes out of style: desserts. Or, if your sweet tooth isn’t the strongest, head in the direction of seasonally-relevant fruits and vegetables for a different kind of dish entirely.
Whether it’s a lemon tart, strawberry mousse or raspberry cake, let your Spring side out and about.
Spend an Afternoon Admiring a Botanical Garden
My local botanical gardens are some of my favourite that I’ve ever seen. Rows and rows of strategically planted flowers bloom all throughout the year in varying seasons. Giving something to look at no matter when you’re visiting. Plan in a trip to your favourite botanical, and go admire what’s seasonally awake. It’s worth it.
Purchase Local Produce for a Month
Living quite rurally, I try to rely on local produce as much as I can. Whether that’s purchasing from farm shops, independent stores or placements in my local supermarket. Spring is a great season to try going local and seeing how you fare. Since all the produce is locally grown, you can be sure and informed of the pesticides and chemicals sprayed or treated for all the vegetables, giving you peace of mind when sourcing food for your family.
Bring Blossoming Fauna into Your Home
With all the flowers and plants that are thriving, now is a great time to incorporate them into your interior design. I love everything about flowers and nature, something that I thank my Mum for instilling in me. My childhood home was always full of flowering buds and beautiful plantlife, so bringing some great pieces into our homes during Spring is a great opportunity.
Host an Outdoor Event
There’s nothing quite like finally being able to throw open the doors and let nature in again, is there? For the past 6 months, its been so cold outside that all I’ve wanted to do is curl up by a fire or under my duvet covers, but now I can’t wait to embrace the weather.
With Spring comes the opportunity to get outside, and to actually incorporate nature into your everyday life. Host a garden party, or another form of event in the great outdoors. We’re finally at the start of being able to leave the back doors wide open and have the smell of fresh flowers and mown grass float through our homes again.
Plan an Afternoon Picnic
I mean, who doesn’t love a picnic? Extra points if you have a basket, too! Scott and I are very lucky in that our hometown is full of beautiful spots to stop and enjoy nature, leading to many a picnic opportunity. This season I want to take advantage of that. Whether for a full-on binge-worthy picnic, or a light bite under the Spring sun. I can’t wait.
Get Active and Go Cycling Through Sunset
Last year, Scott and I signed up to a health scheme where you can rent bikes from any train station in North West England. It turned out to be one of our better ideas, because the flexibility and ease of jumping on two wheels when the weather allows has been amazing. We’ve hit up local nature trails, rode along the coast and even weaved in and out of the many picturesque streets our hometown boasts.
Over the next few months I’m already excited for the times we’ll be taking to the bikes, and if you want to keep up to date – I recommend following me on Instagram to see how we get on.
What Are your favourite things to do during Spring?
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