With the clocks springing forward on 27 March, we’re all getting ready for longer, brighter and dare we say, warmer days!
The darker afternoons will soon be behind us, and the arrival of Spring is a perfect time to spend more time outdoors. Here are some of the favourite activities that our sharers and householders enjoy as the season changes.
A spring in your step
There’s nothing like stepping outside into the milder air and feeling the sunshine on your face to help boost energy and wellbeing. A trip to the local park, woods, along the riverside, or simply a loop around the block provides an opportunity to relax and soak up the beautiful, colourful changes that Spring brings to the landscape.
“We went for a walk to the Heath and Janet met some friends. It made her happy” Cinderella Sharer
Brighten the day with some colourful and mood-boosting blooms; planting Spring-themed pots not only provides something beautiful to look at in a few months, it helps alleviate stress and improves health. Gardening is great for helping us feel good – dust off those gardening gloves and practice your planting!
“Yesterday I pruned the apple tree which was very bushy, and today I’ll clear out and tidy up the green house as we’re planning to grow tomatoes in there which I look forward to. Iris used to do that but is no longer able” Johanna Sharer
Pack a Picnic
Al fresco eating in the Spring sunshine is a wonderful way to share a meal. Take advantage of the warmer weather; either pack a picnic and take a trip to a favourite spot or simply set up in the garden and indulge in your favourite foods.
“I am hoping to have a tea party in the garden for Flo’s birthday. I hope the sunshine’s for us like it did last year” Lucina Sharer
Find a farmer’s market
Browsing the local farmer’s market provides an opportunity to pick up delicious, locally-made produce and discover new foods, drinks, or products that you have yet to try. Select seasonal ingredients for a Spring recipe such as a light watercress soup, from Share and Care Homeshare’s Saucery cook book.
“We go to the farmers’ market. She buys some goose eggs and then considers a young dahlia. The floristshows Winnie a picture on his phone of the plant in full bloom.”
Nature reserves, parks, and even gardens are hot spots this time of year for all sorts of interesting wildlife. Pop some bird feeders outside, pull up a chair and relax. Or if a change of scenery is preferred, check out the local nature reserve – often there are hides which are a haven for wildlife.
“The birds are back in the garden since I started putting seed out for them, this is very comforting for Jeanne as she can’t go outside but watches from the lounge window” Dave Sharer