Simple pleasure: The first signs of Spring
We're taught from a young age that there are four seasons, each falling around the same time each year. By adulthood, we're very experienced in recognising the signs of the seasons, but that doesn't make the first indications of Spring each year any less exciting.
Each morning opens up with birdsong, one led by seagulls in populated areas and waterside locations and by chiffchaffs and thrushes near parks. They sing and swoop together to signal the rising sun, brightening the day ahead.
Lawns and fields perk up, turning a much more vibrant shade of green, while white snowdrops and yellow daffodils pepper grassy patches. Ponds become home to dotted blobs of frogspawn while bees zigzag between flower heads.
Soon, bluebells will fill woodlands, the weather will (hopefully) start warming up and sunglasses will be an everyday essential. My favourite part, too, is just around the corner: the brief but beautiful blushed pink blooming of cherry blossom trees.
Keep your senses poised for the sights, smells and sounds of this season of new life, growth and rejuvenation. It'll be gone before you know it.