Spring is definitely here. The weather seems to change every five minutes by the coast, but the hints of blue sky and longer brighter days are bringing us out of hibernation and luring us outdoors. It’s time to reclaim the garden, spend a little time clearing away the remnants of winter, read the paper outside in the crisp sunshine with a freshly brewed coffee, and watch the green spring shoots turn to blossom.
So, it might not be quite time to dust down the barbecue (unless like Will, you never put it away), but there is a wealth of seasonal food springing forth that is fresh and delicious and right on our doorstep. With the Fish Quay just a stone’s throw away, we have easy access to the crab, mussels, oysters and plaice that are at their peak right now. Fancy a bit of wild spring foraging? Head inland to the woods of Northumberland for fresh wild garlic and nettles for soups, pesto, gremolata and more. It’s almost time for the bluebells to come into flower, so well worth the trip.
Let’s not forget our indoor spaces too. I’m like a woodland creature from Wind in the Willows; after the darkness of winter I get an urge to throw open the windows, let in some light and wake the house up with a bit of spring colour. It doesn’t have to be a lot; some flowers, fresh floral scented candles, a couple of new cushions and a throw makes a world of difference to my state of mind. I believe the Danish call it ‘Hygge’, a word that defies translation but is about being kind to yourself, surrounding yourself with things, experiences and people that make you feel happy and nourished. A perfect sentiment for this season of renewal, whatever the weather.