She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead.”
As with all the solstices and equinoxes, now is a perfect opportunity to stop and connect with the natural world around us. Spring is a time when everything is growing and bursting into life. Birds are singing, leaves are unfolding, butterflies are starting to be seen and mammals are beginning to wake from their winter sleep. So, get outside and enjoy these wonderful moments!
Cliché it may be, but a good old spring clean is the perfect way to welcome spring - open the windows, let the outside in and fill the house with heavenly scented spring blooms. Don’t forget that your wardrobe can benefit from a spring clean too! In embracing the slow fashion movement, you will hopefully have been choosing clothing that you plan to wear for seasons to come – but who doesn’t have something hanging in the wardrobe, label still attached, because it’s just not been the RIGHT time to wear it yet? We all know that time will never come, so package up those unworn pieces and get them to somebody who will love them the way you couldn’t. There are plenty of worthy organisations that will be thankful for your clothing donations, or you could organise your own clothes swap and get your friends decluttering too!
If you don’t fancy your own spring clean – then join in with The Great British spring clean. A movement in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government – to collect and safely dispose of single-use plastic from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible. There are events happening all over the country, so it's easy to get involved!
We all know that exercise is good for us – but it’s so much easier to get motivated when the sun is still in the sky! So, if you’ve been hibernating on the sofa throughout the winter (like us!), now is the time to unfurl and get those endorphins pumping. Studies show that exercising outdoors is even better - concluding that exercising in nature gives people a greater feeling of revitalisation and positive energy, as well as decreasing tension, confusion, anger and depression.
In natures infinite wisdom, foods in season contain the nutrients and minerals that our bodies need at particular times of the year. Plus, British food inevitably travels less from farm to shop so seek out seasonal fruit and vegetables to create delicious meals whilst minimalising your carbon footprint.
British vegetables that you should look for from March – May are Asparagus, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Jersey Royal New Potatoes, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Radishes, Savoy Cabbage, Sorrel, Spinach, Spring Greens, Spring Onion and Watercress. Now is the time of year in the Nomads office that we start to look forward to our director Vicky bringing us wonderful delights from her kitchen garden!
We’d love to hear how you celebrate the arrival of spring!