Searching for signs of spring…Posted: 02/03/2014
Alright winter, I’m giving you your marching orders!
It’s around this time of the year that I start to get more than a little impatient for the arrival of spring. Unless I’m very much mistaken – or it’s being a big tease – the new season feels like it is just around the corner.
So, with blue skies and sunshine making a welcome change from the usual rainy days we’ve been experiencing lately, ToddlerGirl and I set off to look for signs that spring is indeed on its way.
We headed over to our local park and were immediately rewarded by finding patches of daffodils dotted around some trees, their tips poking out of the grass. ToddlerGirl went over to investigate further, which gave me a good opportunity to talk about the growing plants (and to be careful not to step on them – or pull them out of the ground in a moment of over-enthusiastic exploration!). I love daffodils, so we will definitely have to check up on their progress over the next couple of weeks.
Hidden amongst the daffodil shoots were a few beautiful purple crocuses. We stopped to examine them and comment on their lovely colour and the delicate lines on the petals before having a quick game of hide and seek behind the trees. There was a LOT of ooey gooey mud to squelch in and ToddlerGirl found some good sticks to poke around with.
Making our way further into the park, a splash of bright yellow underneath a group of bare trees caught our attention. We moved closer and found more crocuses, looking very cheerful in the sunshine. They marked the way to one of ToddlerGirl’s favourite areas in the park, the skateboard ramp. She spent half an hour or so amusing herself by running up the ramps, down the ramps and then up the ramps again, a look of pure joy on her face. “I love running, Mummy!” she called to me, giggling infectiously. The ramps became pretend slides and a skate bar was used as a balance beam.
We could see the playground, with the real slides and balance bars and climbing frames, but the skate ramp provided more than enough entertainment for our morning trip. When the inevitable rain started to fall, we turned towards home, spotting flashes of green amongst the brown, with several plants and trees starting to bud.
I’ve been talking quite a lot about spring to ToddlerGirl lately. I’m not sure she fully understands the concept of seasons of the year (in fact, I’m quite sure she doesn’t!) but she is beginning to grasp the idea that soon winter will be over and we will enjoy something new, with warmer weather and trees and flowers growing. Time to bring out our spring books to help her along with this!
In the meantime, we had a lot of fun on our ‘spring hunt’. The wind may still be cold but the sun was warm. And, best of all, we found many signs that spring isn’t too far off – hooray!