The seasons in England do funny things to you.
Take spring, for example – we’d never seen so much house cleaning and general busy-ness until we moved here. Spring takes on a whole new category when you’ve been cooped up inside a little box with closed windows and the back garden looks like it is more suited to ducks – the worm holes in the lawn forming little mounds of dirt and going anywhere near the shed results in lots of clods of dirt sticking to your shoes. Some years I noticed that I hadn’t opened the back sliding patio doors and so the next year taped them shut to reduce draughts! We get quite used to living cheek-to-jowl and find ourselves prowling the shopping centres for lighted entertainment during the darker months.
So the explosion which is springtime is truely a release of sorts. Everyone is clipping, cutting, shaking or just dressing differently. Houses are opened again and aired while the birds and animals take on a whole different attitude to activity and get into quite a buzz. Too often we foreigners waited until it was warm – which comes around June or July here – and had all too short a summer as a result. Nowdays we get going in March or earlier and tolerate working outside with jackets and gloves so as not to miss out on the longer days!
A flip side is that winter often finds me getting depressed. I’ve found a recent innovation is a Philips ‘blue lamp’ which has an array of strong blue LEDs is really good to help get over this; I use it regularly most mornings by beaming it into my face while working. Sounds strange, works well. There’s a lot of science facts and figures behind it but other than the fact that the blue light is almost azure in colour but closer to a maya or cyan it is quite pretty and adds a needed spot of brilliance to my day.