Five Things To Do This Spring
Spring is here! I’ve always thought I was more of an Autumn-type girl, but then this spring came around, and I can’t seem to get enough of it. I have been really enjoying this season; hearing the birds sing early in the morning, taking countryside and seaside walks in the sunshine, and seeing all of the beautiful cherry blossoms and magnolia trees. Spring is simply beautiful! Here are my favorite things to do to get into the spirit of spring:
Get Outside. We have been hiding inside our homes, all cosy and warm underneath our blankets all winter, but now it is time to venture outside and make good use of this fresh spring air and sunshine. Maybe get outside and do some gardening, or go for a short (or long!) walk for some fresh spring air and see the cherry blossoms, or visit a beautiful local garden and pick some fresh new flowers for your home. Or maybe just sit outside your favourite coffee shop and read your new book. Whatever you choose, make sure it is outside enjoying that precious fresh spring air.
Revamp your wardrobe for spring. When spring comes around, I love revamping my wardrobe (who doesn’t?). I usually start by having a small clear-out (a real spring-clean if you will), and decide on what pieces I am in terrible need of; for me that was t-shirts, skirts and dresses. For spring, I have recently been craving lots of floral prints with light subtle colours. A recent purchase of mine was this gorgeous floral long-sleeved light green blouse from H&M, which I teamed up with my favourite black jeans and leather sandals for a cute, springtime look.
Try some spring herbal teas. I am a big herbal tea drinker, but especially during spring, I love trying some new herbal teas with lots of subtle floral flavors. Try rosebud tea, chamomile tea (perfect in the late evening before you sleep), lemon and ginger, elderflower white tea, or even jasmine tea. I enjoy all of these teas hot, but a red berry tea is lovely cold (just pop in some ice cubes on a hot day). I have been enjoying a hot fresh lemon and ginger recently (with real lemon and ginger) — also the perfect tea for those times you’re feeling a little under the weather too!
Visit your local farmers’ market. Spring is the perfect time to visit your local farmers’ market, or fruit or veg stall. It is great for picking up some fresh seasonal produce. Recently, I have been enjoying cooking with asparagus. It’s asparagus season at the moment, and I can’t get enough of it. I have been eating asparagus with nearly every meal recently. Roasted asparagus is the perfect springtime side dish. A favourite super quick recipe of mine is — Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 (roughly 375-400F). Prepare and rinse the asparagus spears. If the ends are tough, break or chop off the last inch or so. Place on a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. You could even add garlic here too! Roast for around 12 minutes until they are tender, and to serve, drizzle with fresh lemon juice. Delicious and perfect for spring!
Make a springtime playlist. Seasons are the perfect time to make a brand new music playlist. I have especially been enjoying a lot of classical music recently. I also recommend taking a listen to The Attic’s own springtime playlist on Spotify —filled with lots of my indie favourites.
Katy Lagden is a second-hand/antiquarian bookseller and cataloguer and a sometimes writer, based in Suffolk. Her interests are in classic literature and pre-raphaelite art. When she's not writing or working, she loves to read, drink herbal tea, and visit art galleries, secondhand bookshops and museums.