Our older son told me this evening that he will be on holiday from next week onwards. I asked him why. After all, when I was a postgraduate at Edinburgh University, I never got a break at all. One worked on until one’s thesis was done! ‘Oh,’ said he, ‘It’s Easter holidays, isn’t it?’ ‘I didn’t think you got Easter holidays at university,’ I replied. ‘Of course we do,’ sighed an exasperated son. That was when I realised just how close it is now to the Easter long weekend and school breaks coming up.
Despite the late snow on Sunday, Spring, I think, has now finally sprung in the Lake District. Just in time for Easter, one might say. At Blenheim Lodge, we have started advertising our Easter breaks, including the Easter long weekend as we have late availability and special offers. There is much to enjoy in the Lake District, so I hope that people will make an effort to visit this lovely part of the world.
One thing I like about Springtime in the Lakes is its colours. Everything seems more vibrant after the dull brown of leafless twigs and branches of deciduous plants. The hedges in our garden and next to our footpath grow new shoots and the birds are able to play hide and seek in them again. Then, in late Spring, Hubby will re-plant our window boxes, as there is always a threat of frost before then.
The colours of the Lake District fells also seem to take on subtle hues in the Spring, possibly due to the position of the sun. Springtime light seems to strike the landscape in a different way, and do so even in the early past of the season. One of the phenomenons of the Lake District is the temperature inversion, which is really most startling to the eye when first one sees it, and lends a mysterious quality to the space it envelops.
Of course it is still officially Winter in the UK. Spring, I think, starts officially on 21st March, but don’t quote me as I might well be wrong on this. The weather and nuances of light and life in early Spring are obviously very different from that of mid or late Spring, as the season moves inexorably towards Summer. Then, in Summer, all everyone wants is a good deal of sunshine with a good deal of heat.
Meanwhile, we will soon be approaching Spring and the Easter holidays, and I do not want to wish the season away before it has even begun. Worldwide, one of the images of Springtime is the daffodil. In the Lake District, this flower holds a special significance for the area because of its link with the Poet Laureate, William Wordsworth, who planted a field of daffodils in remembrance of his daughter, Dora. His poem, ‘Daffodils’ of ‘I wander’d lonely as a cloud’ fame, is still much loved today.
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