Spring. I'm a big fan.
I might even go so far as to say I prefer it to summer. OK, don't lose it. Let me explain.
It's the mix of longer, brighter days with the cool, crisp breeze. The shift from dark mornings to sunshine wakeup calls. Birds tweeting their morning (and evening) song. The feeling that one can do more or get more done, almost as if there are more hours in the day. And people being just a little nicer to each other. With the sporadic sun comes the lightening of my hair and the tentative steps my freckles take as they populate my cheeks. But the factor 50 sun protection sits idly on my shelf, waiting patiently for our reunion in summer. My clothes become lighter, brighter and altogether cheerier. The flowers, blossoms, leaves and grass begin to speckle the walkways, roadsides, gardens and flowerpots with wonderful vibrancy and spectral variation. A whole new set of photo opportunities!
No? Well, then for all you summer-heads; it also marks the precursor to the summer. Holidays, ice cream, sandals, beer gardens, skirts and shorts, sunglasses, barbecues, jacketless transit and days out. All the things to look forward to and perhaps even dress-rehearse in the preceding months.
This spring will be an interesting one as it's my first in my new city. I'm still adjusting to that reality. I try never to compare new to old, in any scenario but I am excited to experience a Bristol spring after having experienced 9 Manchester springs. And it's already looking pretty promising. Case in point: the beautiful park just 5 minutes walk from both my flat and work, and right in the centre of the town. How inviting does that reflection at ~530nm look?!
Bristol is a great city with some wonderful history, culture, eateries and watering holes. I already like her a lot. Yup, that's right, she. And I can't wait to sample more of her this spring.
This month, I'm taking part in Blog Every Day in May (BEDM) and this is the second instalment.