Spring is here! Don't you just love seeing everything starting to 'wake up'? From the blossom in the trees, to breathing in warmer air - I feel like I am waking up too. I start migrating towards the light; I am up earlier looking for the sunrise. An attraction similar to that of the plants, I guess; buds and leaves breaking through to absorb more light.
I hadn't taken my shoes off and walked barefoot since last summer. But, a couple of weeks ago the sun was shining, the first signs of spring had emerged and I decided to indulge in being barefoot, my favourite method for bringing mind and body present, so that it is possible to hear the deeper stirrings of the soul.
According to National Geographic Traveler Magazine, spring is one of the best times of the year to visit gorgeous Greece. It is the time of year when you will find magical blooming wildflowers, wonderful weather, great options for hotel accommodations and not too many crowds. You can enjoy exploring this vibrant country comfortably by foot or car, and in March and April the temperature will feel just right.
Why is that everyone around you, including yourself, is feeling a little merrier, exuberant and cheerful? That spring in your step is not inadvertent- it's because spring has finally arrived in all of its glory! Instead of a forecast of bitter winds and frequent showers, the sun is finally beaming down on us with bank holiday weekends and temperatures of up to 26 degrees!
Foragers can have a lean time of it over the cold winter months but as the days lengthen, and we hear the distinctive song of the skylark as it hoovers in flight, the forager can fill his or her basket with buds and wild spring greens. The March wind may blow but wild garlic works as well in a dumpling as a sushi style wrap.
Even the most hardened naturalists will have deprived themselves of nature in all this driech, but March is on its way. Spring will begin properly with risky plant predictions - primroses and wild daffodils, then bluebells and finally Welsh poppies. In a pond near you, tiny frogs will emerge from the water.
What am I waiting for next? Male silver washed fritillary spinning and dancing in flight, skydancing red kites, powdery pink pillows of thrift and purple spikes of spring squill on the coast, meadows filling with colour, the coconut gorse and a turquoise sea - and that's just on the coast. Lots to come!