Spring has Sprung!!
The birds are singing, the plants are blooming and there is a bright yellow circle in the sky.
The first day of spring marks the vernal equinox - the first day of balance between daylight and darkness. Increased light brings an added release of serotonin (the ‘feel-good hormone') into our bodies. The extra hours of sunlight and the ability to go outside can-do wonders for our health and improve our moods.
What is the real name for spring?
Originally, spring was known as lent, or the lenten season, which came from the Old English lengten, which means "to make longer or greater in length." Referring to the fact that the days are getting longer.
Spring is all about new beginnings and transformations, a time of rebirth, renewal and awakening. ...Starting fresh and starting over so let's begin with the outside of our home
🦋 Clear the guttering of any debris - this will reduce pests, boost your kerb appeal and stop expensive water damage
🦋 Check bulbs in security lights are working and wipe them over to ensure a nice bright beam
🦋 The dreaded Garage tidy up - this is an ideal time to sort out and sell anything that is no longer used, tidy the area and maintain or replace your garage door locks
🦋 Wash windows and doors to extend their life and enhance your homes appearance
With the new blooms of flowers, plants, gardens and trees, many people consider the spring season to be the most beautiful time of the year. After giving your home a big spring clean now its time to move onto the garden
🌷 Sort out your shed. A great time to perform any tool maintenance, oil and sharpen etc. Replenish your supplies of pots, supports & soil
🌷 Check that you have the relevant security measures in place for your sheds & outbuildings. Imagine yourself as a burglar, are you giving them an easy time?
🌷 Tidy up flowerbeds and borders. Save money by planting hardy vegetables such as onions, peas, cauliflower, leeks & potatoes
🌷 Lawn Care: Remove winter debris and reseed any damaged areas ready for a lush green lawn come summertime
🌷 Clean down any outdoor furniture, BBQs and plant pots
🌷 Lastly, put the kettle on... have a cuppa and admire your hard work!
Facts about spring
🦋 Spring begins on the Vernal Equinox.
🦋 Many cultures celebrate the whole day as the March equinox. But the equinox actually occurs at a specific moment in time around the world when the Sun crosses the celestial equator which in the UK is on Monday 20th March 2023 at 9.24pm.
🦋 An equinox is the only time when both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere experience roughly equal amounts of daytime and night time.
🦋 The name equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus, meaning equal, and nox, meaning night.
Perfect equinoctial markers:
🌷 The Great Sphinx of Giza, built around 2500 B.C as the Sun nears the horizon, you'll observe it settle directly onto the Sphinx's right shoulder.
🌷 Machu Picchu (Peru) Intihuatana is a giant stone at the top of this sacred mountain. Usually, the stone casts a shadow throughout the day, as any other structure would. However, at exactly noon on the date of the spring or autumn equinox, the Sun's shadow disappears! Therefore, the stone is a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes.
🌷 Chichen Itza (Mexico) A huge pyramid built around A.D. 1000 The play of the Sun's light on it signals the beginning of the seasons. On the spring equinox, the light pattern looks like a snake. Mayans called this day "the return of the Sun serpent.