Like bulbs nestled snugly beneath the soil, we’ve been in a kind of hibernation since the new year. All warm and cosy inside, piled high with assignments and lots of wet, rainy days have added to the motivation to stay indoors. But just like the spring flowers, as the sun has arrived so has the desire to emerge and explore again.

One of the days in half term was the most perfect spring day and, with some reluctance from little legs, we ventured to the great outdoors perched on our doorstep. Joined by many other ramblers I think everyone was glad to get out and feel some warmth on pale winter cheeks.

Snowdrops adorned the verges and birdsong filled the air (only occasionally punctured with arguing and crying – an essential element of every outing!). I could feel energy being replenished and a renewal for pursuing goals and dreams for the coming year.

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