As the weather begins to turn I am reminded of my love for this time of year. In past years, May has always brought me busy days filled with stress, exams and assignments, with the past three years involving full time teaching placements over this month. This is the first time for a while that I’ve had it all to myself, and so am trying to embrace the things that may previously have passed me by.
Even just in the past week, it feels like nature is beginning to explode into summer hues of bright and healthy greens. The hedgerows are slowly losing their sad browns of winter and leaves are appearing in places that were previously so bare, I’d seemed to have forgotten that there was ever life in them. Everywhere seems to already be glowing such bright shades that you can’t help but wonder if summer is already just around the corner.
May seems to be a time for life. As well as the fields and woods, florists and supermarkets seem to be bursting with fresh flowers at this time of year in the most wonderful shades imaginable. It’s a time for planting too. I’ve started out my city garden for the first time, filling my mornings with excitement at finding brand new seedlings burrowing out of the earth each day. It’s making me spend more time outdoors, and the fact that it’s warm enough to enjoy my morning cuppa out in my little garden is a wonderful bonus!
It’s lighter and warmer far later than it’s been in previous months, meaning there’s so much more time in each day for adventures. With hints to the summer nights to come, even just this week I’ve spent a few lovely evenings on the beach with lovely friends, enjoying unusual dinners from the festival street food and taking in the stunning sunsets that come with long spring nights. Evenings spent at home seem all the more lovely too, with light until far later, the curtains are open longer so that the glow of the golden hours flood the house late into the evenings. Beautiful!