5 Ways To Make The Most Of Spring
It is time to kiss goodbye to fur-lined coats and boots, and say hello to pumps, cardigans and sunglasses. Spring has sprung, and I could not be more excited! The girls even enjoyed their first ice cream of the season this afternoon.
Now the clocks have gone forward, the clock on my car actually shows the right time. We also get an extra hour of light in the evenings, so it’s time to plan outdoor family activities. Here is a list of springtime activities to help us make the most of my favourite season.
1. GETTING THE GARDEN READY FOR WARM WEATHER
Gardening is a perfect activity, whether you are solo or have little ones who like to ‘help’. I love websites like Pinterest for garden inspiration, which I then try and get poor Ryan to recreate. Get colourful with some bright flowers, plant some early season veggies, or grow some herbs in a windowsill. A touch of green will get you into spring! I am not green fingered at all, so I leave this to Ryan, but the girls love to help him plant things. I’m mentally preparing to paint the girls’ Wendy house. What an ordeal, but it will be worth it.
I can’t wait to get my solar lights out again either!
2. SPRING PICNIC
Ah, the classic. Nothing shouts “warmer weather” than a good old fashioned picnic with friends and family. Try out a new park, or stick to what you know by visiting your family’s favourite place. If you aren’t in the mood to pack up a lunch (and to be honest, I rarely am) you could try something different and order something hot and tasty from Hungry House. They’ll deliver to wherever you are, and it beats lugging around a basket full of food all day – that’s my kind of picnic! We favour garden picnics too, the girls get so excited by them.
3. NATIONAL TRUST OR RHS GARDENS
I don’t think anything beats a National Trust garden on a spring day, especially when topped off by tea and cake in their tea room. My favourite is Stowe Landscape Garden, which was designed by Capability Brown. At this time of year it’s full of daffodils and blossom and is just beautiful. The girls love running about and they do an Easter trail which we will no doubt be completing over the holidays. We also love Kew and the RHS Wisley Gardens too.
4. OUTDOOR SPORTS
If you’ve been tempted to try an outdoor sport, now is the time to sign up and get fit this spring! Whether you are looking to join a team or a prefer a laidback setting, sports outdoors will get you in the mood for warmer weather. If you and your family are looking for a good deal on some outdoor activities, there is always something on Groupon to check out. I tend to use Groupon for deals on afternoon tea like this one from a few weeks ago, but maybe I should branch out into something healthier…
I met my best mummy friends for #AfternoonTea this afternoon- we mostly met with our eldest babies at baby yoga or any massage six years ago and have supported each other through a lot since then! I’m happy to say our kids are all as good friends as we are even though we don’t see each other as much now they are at school. I’m so #thankful for these ladies, and for our mutual appreciation of tea, cake, #scones and prosecco So do you do jam or cream first? #Devon or #Cornwall – I just go with whatever is closest first! Either way tastes #yummy ☺
5. FUN AT THE FARM
Humans aren’t the only one embracing the warmer days – animals are too! Gather up the kids and head on over to a local farm that offers a meet-and-greet with the animals. Some places will offer hay rides or other kid-friendly activities to make a day out of it. We recently met an Alpaca that had a striking resemblance to Donald Trump, at Thrift Farm.
We had a brilliant time at Green Dragon Eco Farm last year and will be going back soon.
Do you have any go-to spring activities we might like to try? Please leave me a comment, I’m always looking for inspiration!