March! Mad March hares, Mothering Day, Spring and so much more
Welcome back dear viewers, readers of this site. Here we are in March. The word has a positive ring to it: imagine lines of soldiers marching along, or brass bands gaily marching to the sound of invigorating music, and so the month of March heralds the promise of Spring, new life, abundance and plenty. Most of the year is before us and we welcome March as the dawning of the new season represented by the beginnings of spring flowers and longer days.
‘Lenct’, the Nordic word for Spring, has been renamed ‘Lent’, a spiritual time of fasting and penance, before celebrating Easter. In Nordic times, this period of fasting was brought upon by the winter stock of food growing low, rather than any particular homage to religion. Romans preferred to begin their calendar with March, in acknowledgement that this was the time of regeneration and renewal in the land. The dark short days of winter were gone in this, the ‘Length – month’.
We can look forward to shedding the dark clothes of winter, changing into bright, spring colours that reflect the new season, although raincoats and umbrellas are a necessity more than a fashion statement in this turbulent, changeable month where wintery showers can mingle with spring sunshine and seasonal March winds. Spring colours reflect the budding flowers and plants resolutely blooming, including daffodils, snow drops, primroses, wood anemones, and bluebells that carpet woodlands and hedgerows giving us so much pleasure. For those fortunate to live or have access to the countryside, ’mad’ March hares can be a real treat to see as they bound about, occasionally to be spotted, ‘sparring’ but that would be a real treat as these magical animals are notoriously shy and tend to avoid humans!
Spring is a time to clean out cupboards, drawers, to take stock of what we need, what we want to keep and to pass on to recycling what we don’t need, want, use, or fit into any more! Take time to declutter your life space. Bring light and life back into the home by welcoming the longer days and opening windows to allow the spring breeze in to freshen the rooms ; much better than plug in air fresheners and at no cost – a bargain!
Have a look at your cosmetics too. Throw out all those half used mascaras, powders and blushers. Invest in new make up brushes or thoroughly clean your existing ones by washing the bristles in warm soapy water. It’s amazing how caked they are! Go on, treat yourself to new ones! Maybe it’s time to change your make up pallet. If you are like me, you have the same routine every day, using the same colours that have been your staples for years. Why not take advantage of the expensive make up counters that offer advice and guidance on updating your make up style? Go on, you know you are worth it!
Have a fabulous March!