Spring is here!

 

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In many ways Spring is my favourite time of year. Although I live for long, balmy summer evenings, beaches and swimming in the ocean I really love the promise that spring brings. As the bulbs in our garden begin to peek through the cold, damp soil I also feel like I am waking from my slumber and reaching for the light. Suddenly you notice how the evenings are lighter and it won’t be long until the equinox when both day and night are of equal length. Spring is such a time of fertility with not only the bulbs and buds growing but also the birth of spring lambs in the field and birds in their nests. All around us our environment is coming to life.

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Although there is most definitely still a chill in the air It’s a great time to get outside and experience what nature has to offer. In the UK we’ve been blessed with many sunny days lately and I’ve been taking the opportunity to get out and about. Aurélia and I have been out in the garden looking for fairies (they do exist you know!) and seeing which new plants are coming to life each week. Soon it will be time to plant our sweet peas and some veggies so we can begin to watch them grow. I find it so important that she knows where our food comes from and how it grows and I definitely got my love of gardening and the outdoors at a young age from spending long days outside with my parents. I also credit her interest in creating living things with the fact that green vegetables are one of her favourite foods!

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Monty Don, eat your heart out!
Start 'em young
Start ’em young

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Spring is also a great time for new beginnings. With the promise of warm days and less clothing as a result, what better time to start a fitness plan! Or indeed inspiration to carry on with those New Year’s resolutions when the going gets tough. It won’t be long until bikini season after all! I find it hard to have either the inspiration or energy to exercise during the dark, gloomy winter months but now as the days get brighter It’s a great time to take your exercise outdoors. Whilst my yoga matt won’t be venturing outside just yet It’s a great time to engage in an activity that gets your heart rate up and keeps you warm. For me this will include the odd run (my run is a bit odd actually!), lots of power walking and the occasional cycle through the countryside. Whilst I’ve been doing lots more yoga lately I feel like I’ve missed out on any cardio and therefore fat burning exercise and I have lots of work to do before the summer to get my fitness back. On the other hand my yoga practice has given me lots more flexibility which should keep me strong and help to prevent injury!

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Another wonderful benefit to a more “outdoorsy” season is something called grounding. Grounding, or earthing, refers to connecting electrically with the Earth. The best way to do this is through walking barefoot, sitting or sleeping directly on the earth. A growing body of research is finding numerous health benefits as a result of the physical body being grounded. The theory is that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the Earth on a regular basis. Positive electrons in the form of free radicals  can build up in our bodies and direct contact with the ground balances this out as it has a negative grounding charge. This used to happen naturally in days gone by when hunter gatherers would spend all day outside barefoot but in this day and age and particularly in this country it is becoming rarer. This is at a time when in theory we need it more than ever what with the increasing knowledge on the negative impact of electrical radiation coming from cell phones, microwaves and WiFi. I believe the full extent of the harm from EMF’s (Electro magnetic fields) is only just beginning to surface as they are a relatively recent addition to our lives and so it takes time for both the damage and the evidence to surface. Grounding is also thought to have many other health benefits however such as reducing inflammation, improving sleep, helping regulate hormones and reducing stress. Several top athletes are said to have used special grounding mats to speed up recovery and improve sleep but the good news is you don’t have to fork out for a special mat. You can practice grounding at any time for free simply by spending time outdoors barefoot. You do need to have direct contact with the earth though so standing on the patio just won’t cover it! There is also a school of thought that contact with wet earth increases conductivity so wet sand or damp grass are ideal. Another reason why walking barefoot along the shore line makes you feel so great! Your neighbours may look at you slightly oddly when they see you standing barefoot in the garden in the rain but hey, who wants to be “normal”. I urge you to try it. I’ll certainly be doing a lot more.

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All good examples of "grounding"!
All good examples of “grounding”!

And with that said, I’m off outside to sit on the grass in the sunshine and read my favourite Natural Health Magazine!

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Until next time…….

Zoë

XXX


13 thoughts on “Spring is here!

  1. I love this post Zoe! Like you I much prefer the warmer climate and struggle to be productive/in the mood for a walk during winter so seeing all your photos gets me all excited!

    Personally I love grounding and dewy grass or warm gravel/pavement is what I love the most! The soft sand just before you reach the ocean is a very close second!

    Can’t wait for more! Bring on the summer!
    Georgia xx

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  2. Great pictures! My daughter (4) and I were talking about Spring bringing new life this morning on the way to school. It is definitely mood lifting to see the flowers starting to grow and the blossom appearing on the trees!
    I keep promising myself a veggie patch but have never quite got there, maybe this is the year!

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  3. Love this blog! I can’t wait for some milder weather so I can get back out in the garden. Having lived in hot countries for 8 years the British weather takes a bit of getting used too again🙁 Nothing beats the English countryside in the summer on long hot days. Think I need to plant a veggie garden too. Have just the plot waiting. Need to convince Hubby😊 What do you find easy to grow Zoe?
    Claire x

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    1. Our veggie patch ended up being a bit of a disaster as its full of horse tail and ground elder and I hate to use chemical weed killer. I do like to grow tomatoes and salad leaves in pots though and as soon as we move the veggie patch will be my first task! Potatoes also a good one as will grow anywhere!

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  4. Oh I do love a magnolia – it must be Spring! I got a bit excited on a sunny day recently and have already sown loads of veggie seeds in the raised beds, and tomato etc indoors. A bit early but who cares! I recommend double height raised beds – e.g. two railway sleepers high. Ours have done a season and much easier to manage for weeds compared to the regular beds we had back in our allotment days (oh the weeds there..!)

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  5. Thank you for another excellent blog Zoe. I love Spring too, the lighter evenings and everything in the gardens ‘waking up’. Lovely photos too. Your blogs are always an interesting read….keep writing.Xx

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  6. Love this post Zoe! Just yesterday I stood outside (on the patio !! 😏) and basked for a little while in the sun’s rays. We have sheep in our field too and when I see them literally jumping into the air it reminds me that spring is here. Just need to get rid of the cold air and get a bit warmer!!!! X

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  7. Fantastic Blog Zoe😃 I always look forward to your blogs. Yes this is a lovely time of year when things are springing back into life especially with lighter days. No more going to work and coming home in the dark. I was out in the garden last weekend and so much is starting to bud and signs of new life. The field next to me has miniature ponies in and they were frolicking around in the spring sunshine and so lovely to see. My sister also lives on a farm and has new born lambs as they are in the middle of lambing – I just love this season 😊 It is making me think of booking holiday to South Devon then I will be able to walk on the beach next to the sea lapping in. Thank you so much for your up lifting blog it has made me feel a lot better X ☀️

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  8. Another beautifully written blog Zoe. Spring is a lovely time of year, the sun is currently shining and the daffodils are smiling at me. Love the lighter mornings and evenings and the prospect of summer not far away. Read your blog to my dad, he loved it, we lost ourselves in it. You are a very talented lady xx

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  9. Spring is perhaps my favourite season (possibly because I was also born in March 😉 I have just moved from London to the Wiltshire/Cotswold border so just designing our new garden space right now.
    I’ve never grown veggies or herbs before so am certainly considering it.
    Lovely post Zoe.Made me want to run outside barefoot (even though it is chucking here now 😉

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