The teensiest hint of sunshine, blue skies and not totally freezing weather over the last couple of days, has made me realise how freaking excited I am for summer to arrive.
I like spring and autumn too (as long as they are warm and dry) and winter in tiny doses (say, for two weeks over Xmas?). But summer is my one true season love.
OFC, I live in the UK. So while I am day-dreaming about endless summer days with shorts, ice cream and al fresco drinks, the reality is more likely to be weather which is ever-teetering on rain and temperatures that still actually require the heating to be on (yes really). With maybe a handful of days of true summer bliss.
Man, I really need to move to a hotter country.
But a girl can dream, and you never know, this year might be different.
Given that I am heading off at the end of May – I am taking the man for a long weekend in New York at the end of May and then flying out to Thailand a couple of days after we get back – I have a fair amount to do before I go.
But, travel prep aside, there are a few things that I am eager to do this spring…
Perfect a spring cocktail recipe
I am really feeling like something fresh and herbal. Cucumber? Strawberry? Basil? I am sure I will enjoy experimenting and taste-testing.
Finish my work area
Right now I am sitting at a bare desk. Not so cute. Not so motivating. I want a space where I can focus and get creative.
An ‘inspiration station’ if you will.
(Side note – If anyone has any recommendations on cute desk accessories available in the UK, please let me know, a LOT of the good stuff I am finding is State-side!)
Check out some new famer markets and pick up lots of fresh seasonal produce
Bit of a cliché choice with this one, I know, it’s what everyone will be wanting to do, but it’s popular for a reason.
Besides the fun and free samples, I am intending to pick up lots of inspo for new recipes.
Which leads me too…
Try a new recipe each week
I fall into patterns with food way too easily and tend to have a few meals that I default to (hello, soup rota!). I am aiming to mix things up at least once a week with something new to prevent me from falling into a food rut.
Embrace spring cleaning
I try to keep a minimalist vibe going on at home. I hate clutter and will pretty much throw anything out that I no longer need/love. But over winter, I seem to have accumulated some extra crap – maybe it’s a nesting instinct to keep warm??
So, I am in major need of a purge, especially my wardrobe. I am going to put aside a day to throw out crap/donate/sell and then clean the house from top to bottom. Boring, I know, but SO nice when it is done.
We have just got a gorgeous, new marble chess set and a few games have proven that I have no idea what the fuck I am doing. Seriously – the man had to tell me that I was able to checkmate him.
I am that bad.
In my defence, it is a crazily complex game and I haven’t played since I was about 8! So, I will be arming myself with strategies, tutorials and I intend to not suck quite so badly by the time summer comes
This is kind of conditional on there actually being some decent spring weather, but I am ever hopeful and ready to embrace picnics and al fresco dining.
Rent bikes & explore London
I feel that that I didn’t make enough use of the ‘Boris Bikes’ last year, and they are such a great way to explore parts of London that you would generally pass under when travelling between tube stops.
I am a HUGE fermented veg fan. They delicious and so, so good for you (hello delicious probiotics). However I have been picking up raw kimchi and sauerkraut from Whole Foods, when it would be much cheaper and easier to just make my own. I am definitely going to get supplies and start experimenting with recipes.
SO. I think that about sums up my current spring plans.
Does anyone else have anything planned for spring? Let me know in the comments below xxx