April 1st • Posted in Lifestyle
If there’s a season I love, it must be Spring. With its colours, pink blossoms everywhere, the warmer but still fresh air, longer days and brighter sunlight (and the list could go on and on – read here for more!), there’s no need to wonder how it’s able to boost positivity and sweep ‘meh days’ away. Recently I’ve been introduced to the art of having a different active weekend, instead of staying at home and enjoying solitude (otherwise known as what-I-do-in-wintertime-all-the-time) which only lead to checking the tech way too much and maybe going back to work earlier forgetting that the weekend should be relax and disconnecting, instead of working and working.
Simply stepping outside, especially if the sun is up and the weather is lovely, to see the world, or just your backyard, and spend the day with someone you love, disconnecting from your to-do lists, totally makes the difference! I can see how starting the week in a relaxed mood can improve my same work and productivity. And sometimes you don’t even need to plan something fancy ahead, positivity can be found in the simplest of things too.
One of our favourite weekend activity in springtime is surely visiting nurseries (you might have read last week’s post about it!). There is something special about plants and buds all together blooming to beautiful colourful flowers and fruits at the same time, and what better place to see the magic happening if not somewhere where plants and flowers are all gathered up in a few square meters?
After visiting a lot of gardens and nurseries, I’d say I’m a fan of both big ones, ones than are extended to homeware stores and especially ones where to also shop candles and organic food, but also smaller ones, almost vintage-y, where time seems to have been stopped in the nineties and everything still looks very classical and old school. And as much as I love going back and visiting my favourite nurseries all over again, I’m surely a big fan of exploring new ones!
This is in fact how our latest weekend was spent. We visited a new place highly suggested by my mum, that immediately made on top of my list of favourite places where to spend a slow Sunday afternoon! We spent an endless amount of time there, wandering between the shabby chic homeware pieces (most of which I’d gladly have brought home with me!), admiring the Easter themed decorations, little chocolate eggs and colourful ceramic animals, before immersing ourselves into the most beautiful and huge amount of greenery outside.
I mainly go there to learn new plants and flowers names and dream of a time when we’ll have our own garden and I’ll be allowed to plant and see my kitchen garden growing up and coming together nicely!
Then I spotted the candles section and went crazy in there with smelling and testing all the spring and flowers flavoured Yankee Candles I was able to, until my nose struggled to identify the scents for the too large amount of smells I exposed it to – coming out with a new favourite as well, Lovely Kiku, whose mix of sweetness, warmness of vanilla and floral hints of cherry blossom and chrysanthemum is practically what I imagine Spring to smell like in a candle!
The tour was concluded with a little stop to the organic foods boutique at the end, where unusual, oriental and healthy foods were all gathered up, with a big selection of sweets and teas too. Talking of teas, I’ve gladly found my new trusty stockist of Clipper Teas (which are not that common around here) – and yes, I’ve stocked up on my favourite Green Tea with Echinacea!
What’s your favourite activity on spring weekends? x