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ABCs of Spring

Monday was the first day of Spring and I’m so glad that Winter is behind us. I get infinitely more cheerful with the advent of spring and that just continues on through the summer. So it’s time for my annual ABCs of Spring post! Every year, for each season, I countdown (alphabet style) the things that I’d like to do that season. So without further ado, here’s 2017’s ABCs of Spring! 

Ascot Opening Day. I’ve attended Royal Ascot for the past few years, and I’d definitely make a trip down South for it again! 

Bank Holidays! The Spring is filled with Bank Holidays and who doesn’t love a good long weekend? 

Cleaning – am I the only person that finds a good spring clean really satisfying?!

Daylight. I really do feel so much happier the more sun there is. I got off really lightly this winter since we went to Thailand this year in deepest, darkest winter and it gave me a sweet taste of that extra sunlight! 

Easter lunch. I’ll never miss a good excuse to feast! 

Fresh flowers. I love the abundance of cheap tulips and daffodils in the spring. 

Gdansk, Dublin and then maybe Italy! It’s going to be a spring of cheap but cheerful travels.
 
Hunt down some more plants for inside the house. I have my eye on a big indoor tree and a snake plant. 

Implore the gods that Sam pass his driving test so that I can make him drive me around. 

Join in with more bloggers up North. My blogging community is still quite London based and I’d like to start meeting up with more bloggers in Harrogate and Leeds. 

Keep plugging away at my “to eat at in York” list. For a smallish town, York has a lot of notoriously good eats so it’s taken me longer than I thought to try to tick them off my list! 

Learn to shoot on manual better. Sam’s shown me some tricks but I still have so much more to learn! 

My birthday. (How could I leave it out?!) 

Nabbing a few hours at the Yorkshire Literary Festival that goes on for 2 weeks every March. 

Oxford vs Cambridge boat race. It’s one of Sam and my traditions to watch it together.

Packing away all my winter clothing. It gives me SO much joy to pack away my heavy parka every year! 

Quit procrastinating when it comes to running in the evenings.

Running in the evening and still having sunlight for it! 

Shape up our back garden. We have an actual outside space but I’ve spent less than 5 minutes in it since we moved in. It’s in a pretty dire state at the moment, so hopefully we can make it look a bit more snazzy.

Tourist activities in York. Now that there’s more time to enjoy York after work, Sam and I can engage in some proper tourist activities. A ghost tour is at the top of my list! 

Unplug more often and spend some entire weekends away from my phone.

Visitors in York. We already have a few friends booked in for weekends with us. I can’t wait to show them around York!

Weddings! The never ending tide of friends getting married rolls on! 

Xylophone Spring Band Concert, York edition. 

Yorkshire moors. Sam and I are *hopefully* planning some long hiking days out on the moors.

Zipping around on spring road trips in the car with Sam! 

What would you like to do this spring? 

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  • Fun! If you can find a cheap flight, I have to recommend going to Bari (right in the boot). It was really nice and you can travel to all of the different towns by train πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to reading about Gdansk, because it is supposed to be beautiful!

  • What date is your birthday? I’m excited for you that you’re running a half marathon, but now mine is just 5 weeks away I’m terrified! Running in the evenings will certainly make it much easier to train I think! Alice xxx

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    • I’m so looking forward to the time change this weekend so that we get an extra hour of daylight in the evenings – It will definitely help make things a bit easier. You’re going to smash your run, I’m sure of it. (My birthday is May 29 nearly always get a bank holiday weekend around my birthday. I lucked out.) x

      • YAY! I LOVE birthdays! Mine is 11 April so it’s actually pretty soon AND close to Easter this year! πŸ™‚ xx

        • Do you have exciting birthday plans yet?x

          • We’ll *hopefully* be moving in the weekend before, and I was going to just work as its a long weekend for Easter the next, but no one should have to work on their birthday so we’ve taken the Monday and Tuesday off! xxx

          • Hooray! I totally agree – no one should have to work on their birthdays! x

  • Ah, this post made me feel like the sunshine was right here! I am so happy about the spring flowers every spring and already got some pastel coloured tulips and roses. They make me smile every time I walk past them! And I just can’t seem to stop wanting new plants into my house, my boyfriend is complaining that we don’t have enough space for them all… haha πŸ˜€

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    • Hahaha, there are worse things to have in the house besides too many plants though, right? xx

      • That’s what I think as well!! πŸ™‚

  • Laura Torninoja

    So many lovely things! I’m sure as the days grow longer you’ll find more inspiration to work on your garden as well – imagine how lovely it’ll be once it’s summer and you can spend time outside in your own little space! I need to do this to our little patio as well xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I’ve spent so little one there since we’ve moved in that I forget that it’s out there. As soon as we have our first warmer (and dryer!) weekend I’ll be out there pulling weeds and trying to get it in a more acceptable state! X

  • a fun list! maybe I should make one too?:)

  • This is a proper fun list! I love it! I’m looking forward to some weekends away, near a british seaside. Camping. And good wine.
    And getting eating outside again as the weather improves!

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    • Fingers crossed for better weather soon. (Our bedroom window is leaking it rained so much today!) x

  • Aw this is adorable! I would love to do pretty much everything on this list. πŸ™‚

  • Absolutely love this idea πŸ™‚ I definitely want to be a tourist in my town (Brighton). I’ve never been to lady’s day despite living in the village next to Ascot for 14 years; maybe one day!! πŸ™‚ xx
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

  • What a bloody great idea

  • “Learn to shoot on manual better”. I stared at that for an embarrassingly long time before figuring out what you meant. I was like, is this some driving term I’ve never heard? Does Amanda only drive automatics? Wait, is she getting all American on me and getting into guns? WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?! Frankie big dumb dumb.

    I’m too lazy for full manual photography. Even though they taught us in graphic design school, with light metres and film and the whole shebang.

    Lastly, do you find yourself doing more xylophone-based activities than you ordinarily would just for the sake of these posts? πŸ˜‚

    • Ha, though, true story – I do only know how to drive an automatic. Every car my family ever owned growing up was automatic and it’s just so much easier. Team Manual blows.

      My entire xylophone career exists just for this reason! x

  • Yes! So much fun!

    Dan and I have lots of cleaning planned for the end of March/early April. We’ve also cleaned OUT tons of stuff this month. I took a full carload of things we don’t need anymore to Salvation Army last week.

    Fresh flowers are my favorite. I bought myself pink roses a few weeks ago. My garden is full of daffodils and tulips. My yellow daffodils have already died, but the white ones bloomed later, so they’re still quite happy.

    • Oh my goodness- your garden sounds super lovely! Do you have anything that’s still yet to bloom? x

      • Only some of the tulips have opened, so there are several more yet to bloom. The irises usually bloom when the tulips start wilting.

        Then I have an Easter lily that blooms around July. (They’re grown in greenhouses to bloom for Easter). The green leaves are already popping up, and I think maybe it spread? I planted just one Easter lily two years ago, but this year, I have green leaves popping up in multiple places around the one I planted.

        I have something that I don’t know that’s mostly green with huge flowers–it could be a callow lily. It reaches its full height maybe in June.

        Most of my garden existed when Dan and I moved in–it’s a rental townhouse. I added a few more tulips and daffodils, plus the Easter lily.

  • Daylight saving is amazing! I love how it looks already outside since we changed the clocks! And look at you doing a bunch of trips down to ‘Europe’! Loved your photos of Gdansk by the way! I’m also trying to make an effort to shoot on manual, having a photographer husband must be so useful for that!xx

    • Haha Sam being a photographer does and doesn’t make it easier. I have someone I can alsways turn to with questions. But I think I’m less willing to listen to him than I would be another teacher, just because I know him so well and the flip side is he is way more likely to get frustrated with me than he would anyone else he was teaching. (Except that Sam’s a really patient teacher, so it’s all just me being slightly snarky to him when I’m not getting something right…) x