After such a gorgeous weekend; blue skies, not having to wear a 4 layers, thick socks and gloves and it not being dark at 5.30pm – it feels like we may be turning a corner and entering a new season and MAN it feels good! If you remember my 6 fantastic things winter means for women well, here is the next instalment which is less about excessive body hair and making greasy hair acceptable and is a all about the wonders of SPRING!
1) You can hang your washing out
Every woman rejoices that the kitchen is no longer filled with 3 full airers of damp washing making it nigh on impossible to actually use your kitchen in the winter (we aren’t posh enough for a utility room). You no longer have to crank on the heating or shell out hundreds running that money drain of a tumble dryer to get the kids school uniform that you forgot to wash dry. You enjoy pegging out the washing and knowing that nature has given you your kitchen back.
2) You don’t need to iron your clothes
Another amazing thing about line drying is that it petty much sorts itself out for you and you have crease free washing – hurrah! Big thumbs up to Mother Nature for not only regaining your kitchen but not having to do ironing. Seriously – A M A Z I N G.
3) You can banish the kids to the garden
Not only to get fresh air, it means that you can probably have a hot drink in peace as the novelty of the garden after being kept indoors for the past 4 months like caged animals is all too much as they are released back into the wild. Grass! Mediocre sun! TOYS WE FORGOT EXISTED! Kids will go wild I the aisles and you will possible be able to sneak in an episode of Eastenders before the immortal line “I’m bored” creeps back in.
4) Lighter mornings
Hoorah! Lighter mornings means that night feeds are possible without breaking a toe. You will be able to see where you are going when creeping downstairs to fetch the wipes you stupidly forgot to bring upstairs at bedtime. The morning school get up is also much more bearable when it’s not pitch black making you think you’re getting up at 3am. (please note being happy about mornings will only work if you’ve learnt your lesson and invested in a decent blackout blind otherwise you’ll be up at 4am and whilst it’s light, it’s rather traumatic being up hours before Cbeebies starts. Believe me)
5) You are more inclined to walk places
Spring is good for the waistline – you feel guilty bundling everyone in the car to drive to the shops so you improve your green footprint and walk a bit more. People are also generally a lot happier when it’s spring so you can smile and say hello at people and they won’t be horrified thinking you’re going to mug them for making eye contact. The warmer weather and wanting to walk is also a great counteraction to Easter – so stuff those chocolate eggs into your mouth to your hearts content – it’s fine! You’ll be able to walk them off – because it’s spring of course! (Did you not READ the title of this blog?!)
6) Flowers are cheap
Whether you be buying them for brownie points with the other half to treating yourself how can you have failed to notice the amazingness of bunches of daffodils that cost just a quid? You instantly feel like you live in one of those gorgeous quaint cottages in the countryside with fresh flowers every week. You totally did not buy the bargain 50p ones that have already started to open – but hey, don’t type that on Instagram; it’ll shatter the illusion.