The Prompt: Spring is the time of plans and projects

Spring daffodils at WisleyI have a little personal guide to the seasons which allocates three months to each season (although winter sometimes seems more like 6). For this reason Spring theoretically starts in March (see: blossom, daffodils and a bit more daylight) but actually, for me April is the month that epitomises the season of renewal. April is the start of both my Leave and Financial years at work, I began my current job at the beginning of April 2007 and returned from maternity last year at the same time of year.

I always look forward to April and I feel that this is the time of year when you see the most change for the better in the outdoor environment.

This year my world is changing a little bit again come April as I’m dropping a day of work from my week and am really looking forward to having a bit of time to myself. I have so many plans and projects – everything from bike rides to crochet to organising and de-cluttering the house. I have baking projects (I’ve always wanted to try baking some different breads) as well as wanting to figure out what to do with my blog to make it prettier, better organised, more personalised and better connected.

I’d like to try my hand at some crafts – I’ve got a thing about buttons and after many hours surfing the Pinterest boards I am very motivated to come up with some button-inspired art.

We also have an April date in the diary for our long awaited bathroom makeover! I’m really excited about this because there are so many things wrong with this room currently – everything from a horribly lime-scaled up toilet to a rubbish old wall cabinet which the doors have fallen off, to a completely unused stand-alone shower (it can’t be used as it leaks damp into the room below). I currently have to wash my hair in the bath using a plastic jug to rinse. Watch this space for the bathroom makeover before and after post, come early May!

This is definitely a time of year for holiday plans too although we haven’t quite got that far yet and I made a promise to myself that I would arrange birthday parties for the children (July and September) well in advance this year so that’s another job on the to do list for April. I’ve also been inspired by other bloggers and friends to consider taking out memberships in various attractions be it the Royal Horticultural Society, National Trust or various standalone attractions. Its been hard to reconcile the cost of this kind of thing against the fact that a baby or toddler under the age of two is not going to appreciate much of what, for example, a stately home can offer.

Some plans and projects have been on the back burner for a long time. I think that’s what happens when you have a baby. However this year EJ turns two in July and I believe that this will make a difference – at least I hope it will because there is ever such a lot on my Spring agenda!!

This post is linking to The Prompt from Sara at Mum turned Mom who’s prompt this week was: Spring is the time of plans and projects. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.



16 thoughts on “The Prompt: Spring is the time of plans and projects

  1. Wow – make the most of your extra day off work. I wish I could work 4 days a week!

    A bathroom makeover is more than a treat – each day will be so much more relaxing when you can do every day washing without stress.

    • It will actually only consist of about 4 and a half hours to myself Denise but if you want to get technical I’ll only actually be working my paid job 2 and a half days a week! (I still count all the other days as work too though with the kids!)

  2. Wow, you do have a lot planned 🙂 I remember the joy when we did our bathroom back in Edinburgh, I absolutely loved it and would retreat in there in the evenings for a relaxing bath with a book and then jump into the new shower in the mornings! When I worked, I did four days and had a Friday morning to myself, it was bliss – enjoy 🙂 Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

    • Sara – I can’t wait – both for the bathroom (am planning to live in there!) and my little bit of time off. I just hope I have the sense to do lots of actual written planning so that I actually accomplish something on a week by week basis!

  3. So many exciting plans! I look forward to seeing that bathroom makeover, and some of your button-inspired art. As to the NT thing, I had the same thoughts, with Little Man being young, too, but he loves every day trip to them, and it’s as much about the grounds and getting outside as the homes (though he does have a penchant for walking into huge fireplaces – unlit, I hasten to add!), and Boo adores her days out as they’re new places to run about and explore. enjoyed reading and looking forward to your updates (oh, and blog makeover :)) x

    • Thank you! I mentioned the NT thing to the hubster last night and it does seem very reasonable for joint membership (about £36 or £37 each for a year I think as kids under 5 go free..) Now seems like a good time to do it though as they will all have their Easter Egg hunts on in April!

  4. Sounds like lots of new things are on the horizon, which is great… For me my “start” month was always October – as I always seemed to start new jobs around then… Good luck with if all!

  5. Your extra day sounds like its going to get filled up quickly. I like the change of seasons to refine my plans. We took an English Heritage membership out, using our Tesco vouchers. Its a good option when the children are little and taking them into a Stately home can be daunting.Lots of space to run around, but history as well. #ThePrompt

  6. Hi Sam. You might be surprised on the NT! My bubba loves going the stately homes. I think it is all the mirrors, lights, stairs etc and of course the outdoors is fab. We love our membership and I can’t recommend it enough for the warmer weather in particular. I don’t recall where you live though as this obviously depends on how much use you will get. We go at least once a week.

  7. It sounds like you have a lot of great plans – I always find day to day life much more bearable when I have things planned and things to look forward to – and that bathroom makeover sounds like it’s going to be awesome!

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