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Spring Has Sprung!

The 1st of September marks the first day of spring although some prefer to celebrate on the spring equinox which is the 23rd September. Regardless, the days are getting longer and warmer so here are some ideas for how to make the most out of your spring months!

PLANT A TREE OR PLANT
This is the time to get outside and get some air in your lungs. And what better way to do this than plant a tree (which will in turn create oxygen to give you more air in your lungs!) Head to your local garden store to see what is good to plant in spring and get some dirt under your nails. Even better, get the grandkids involved, they will love to help.

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VISIT THE BOTANIC GARDENS OR PARK
Look for daffodils and other spring flowers, pack a picnic and make a day of it. There may be a fountain to make a wish and many flowers budding. The gardens will begin to look lush and you may even see blossoms and bees working.

GO FOR A WALK
You can walk anywhere – suburbs, the city, gardens, beach. With the days getting longer this increases the number of hours where it is easy to go for a walk. Breathe deeply and enjoy the air and exercise.

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SPRING CLEAN
An absolute classic. Open the windows and get to work. Look for anything you haven’t used in a while and donate it, air the bed, turn the mattress, get in to the cupboards, get out the old photo albums and have the grandkids over and show them photos. If it’s a bit tricky for you to clean yourself, have family and friends over for a working bee and put on a lunch for them. May as well make a fun day of it!

VISIT A FARM TO SEE THE LAMBS
Spring is a time for new life and there are many petting farms where you can visit the spring lambs, piglets and foals. Some even have a lake where you can feed or visit the ducks who may also have ducklings! Cute! Talk the grandkids, they will love all of the little ones.

FLY A KITE
Flying a kite is both relaxing and exhilarating. Although people don’t fly kites as frequently as they used to, you can bring this past time back. Often it is easier to fly a kite with the help of another so bring the grandkids and include a picnic and park visit to make a day of it. If you’re adventurous, get a stunt kite and watch it twist and turn in the sky.

LOOK FOR FOUR-LEAF CLOVERS
This is one for long slow afternoons, get the grandkids and head outside and see who can find a four-leaf clover. I remember putting a three-leaf clover together with an extra leaf! Depending on the kids mood, this could be a fun scavenger hunt for a couple of hours.

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EAT WHAT IS IN SEASON
As it gets warmer, the fruit and vegetable choices change – strawberries, melon, cherries, stone fruit. Stews turn to salads. Asparagus, rhubarb, radishes, apricots, new potatoes. Yum!

STRAWBERRY PICKING
Some towns have strawberry farms where you can take the family and grandchildren strawberry picking. Kids, young and old love this. Take the strawberries home or some places even turn the strawberries in to a fresh ice-cream or frozen yoghurt.

What a wonderful season! The days get longer, food is delicious, and the air is warmer. What do you enjoy doing in spring?

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