So England was treated to two days of warmth and sunshine…
And it was GLORIOUS!
As someone who grew up in the Southern Hemisphere, 20+ degrees celcius, flip flops and bare arms is the NORM. Life feels normal when it’s warm and sunny, I finally get why the British think I’m weird when I complain that it’s freezing at 15 degrees because they all start complaining that it’s boiling at 22 degrees!
So yesterday my mother and I took a walk through our favourite park to greet the new blossoms.
Christchurch Park in Ipswich is quite a large park on a hill and it is full of ancient trees and wide open spaces. There is such a joyful energy in this park, my mood instantly lifts as soon as I enter it. Within the grounds stand Christchurch Mansion which has been there since the Tudor times and is full of paintings of the family members who lived in it as well as other artefacts from days gone by. But for me, the park is where the magic lies.
I would say Spring is my favourite time of year, the atmosphere is full of the feeling of new beginnings and the weather is not too hot or too cold. Flowers and baby animals abound and get to open my windows and wear flip flops again for the first time since October.
After a long stroll and a lick of ice cream in the park, we ambled back home, popping into the Ipswich Museum where I met this guy…
The ground floor is full of taxidermified animals and we took a moment to imagine the world before the plague of humans and how incredible our planet must have looked with lush growth and animals wild and free, before they became pets and cattle.
Having worked up quite the thirst, we decided that cider in the sunshine was a very good idea and had a giggle at this totally British comment…
It was such a pleasure to find a pub that had a large garden with a non-smoking section so that those of us who don’t smoke can also enjoy sitting outside without having to breathe in everyone’s cigarette smoke.
We are now back to below 15 degrees weather, altho the sun is still shining and giving us all a pep in our step in eagerness for the warmer months. I did remark that it would be a lot more bearable if the summer/winter time was 50/50 instead of 80/20, seems a bit unfair that half the world has to endure winter for most of the year!
Still, long winters motivate me to design my life in such a way that I can spend then in the southern hemisphere instead. My current plan is to become a stand up paddleboarding instructor and spend next winter teaching in the warmer part of the world 🙂
Who’s got travel plans for the warmer months?