April was a very difficult month, in lots of different ways, so it feels more important than ever to list the things that did make me smile and got me through, from the beautiful spring flowers that have been blooming throughout the month to the little things such as talking with family and friends and having a moment or two to laugh. They’re things I’ve been taking stock of more than ever this month, and I’m hoping that May brings with it a much easier and lighter month for all.
Seeing these little ones in the garden each day is a real mood booster and it’s been especially welcome over the past month, when spending just a few moments watching the birds has allowed all of my stress to melt away. They’re definitely good therapy, not to mention utterly adorable too! I spied a small group of them having a little dust bath the other morning in the front garden along the exposed flower beds, and it’s just the sweetest thing.
2. Golden Mornings
Waking up to scenes like these has been a real mood booster over the past few weeks, and I can’t sing my praises for them more at the moment! I love seeing blue skies behind the blinds first thing in the morning, along with lots of sunshine pouring in with birdsong on the breeze. Spring, thank you!
3. Spring Flowers
The first few lady’s smock/cuckoo flowers of the month arrived at the beginning of April and seeing them bloom in the garden has been lovely. They’re such pretty, dainty little flowers and when they appear it always reminds me that spring is really here! I’m still eagerly waiting for our lilac tree to bloom, it always takes a little longer, but when it does unfurl those flowers it’s a joy to see – it’s such a pretty tree and it attracts a lot of bees and butterflies as well so I can’t wait for that.
4. Seaside Views
A short trip down to the coast meant a bit of respite, and a chance to take in the sea air. It was lovely, and while it was still fairly chilly and a little overcast, seeing the sea again was so welcome as we haven’t been down there much this year, but since the weather has been picking up and the evenings are lighter now it won’t be long before I head back down there again for some rockpooling!
5. Starting Again
I was feeling a little stuck in March, so around mid April when things took a dip, I decided to move rooms again. I missed all of the light my windows let in, so I spent some time re-painting the floor and giving it a mini make-over with the help of my Mum, which means it’s now looking nice and fresh again. I’m so happy to be back in my room, especially after giving myself a break by focusing on a mini project. There’s definitely something to be said for getting stuck into things like that when you’re feeling stressed, as it’s a nice and welcome distraction, so I’m glad I did it and I’ve been enjoying putting my things back out in colourful displays to welcome in the warmer months.
A Few Other Things I’ve Been Loving:
- Doctor Who. I’m really glad the Doctor has returned and Bill, the new assistant, is the perfect companion to Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, I think they’ve got a good rapport going already, and I thought the first few episodes were fun and interesting, so it’s good to have them back on the BBC.
- Mac Demarco. He’s already released a few of his tracks from his upcoming album and they’re so good. I don’t know how best to describe his sound, but I highly recommend checking out tracks like On The Level and My Old Man, those are my two favourites so far and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.
- Moana. I watched this a few weeks ago, around the beginning of April, and I fell in love with it instantly. I think it’s one of Disney’s best, and the characters, animation and music worked together perfectly! I have had Shiny stuck in my head for weeks now!
- Family. Always important, but over these past few weeks, they’ve been more important than ever.
As always, please let me know what’s been making you feel joyful this month including any recommendations you have for me.
Hope you’re all having a truly wonderful weekend!