After what seems like a long winter, it’s wonderful to see little signs of spring. The days are ever so slowly starting to get longer and the sun is being persuaded to shine on occasion. Here at Heyland & Whittle we are pretty excited about the changing of the seasons and not just because brighter days mean a happier outlook.
We’re constantly looking for the signs of spring and each one adds a little cheer to our hearts. Here are some of the things that make us smile as we say goodbye to the dark days of winter, warm coats and hot drinks.
Flashes of colour in the flowerbeds
It starts with a little flash of white caught out of the corner of your eye, then turns into a sea of purple, followed by the sunniest of yellows. Snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils are the most hopeful flowers of the year and after a season when everything hides away to rejuvenate, they are a welcome sight.
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Walking around your local supermarket, it’s easy to forget that food is seasonal, but eating with the seasons is a great way to help the environment by cutting down on food miles. Seafood like cod, mussels and oysters are currently in plentiful supply, while British asparagus will shortly be on its way. March is when the Bramley apples start to end, so snap them up now and if you’re into foraging, keep an eye out for wild garlic on your walks in the countryside.
As the seasons change, the birds that have been wintering in the UK leave to return to Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, while summer birds come back to Britain. Look out for chiffchaffs, wheatears and sand martins, who will be our companions through the warmer months. As mornings get lighter, there’ll also be more birdsong, which is a lighthearted way to begin the day. Listen out for the dawn chorus performed by the dunnock, song thrush and robin.
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Among the sounds of the spring is the first buzzing of bees and these individuals are the queens. Just like us, they are preparing themselves for the warmer months, which means searching out the best spots to situate their colonies. Follow their example and get your home ready for spring and summer by washing the curtains, flinging open the windows and welcoming some freshness in. Complete the transition to spring with a new Candle, Diffuser or Scented Sachet in a fragrance you love.
New arrivals from Heyland & Whittle
While there are lambs appearing in the fields and ducklings in the ponds, there’ll also be some new arrivals in the Heyland & Whittle range. We’re keen to help preserve all the natural beauty of spring, so will be launching an Eco Collection. It will consist of three new fragrances, which will be available in Candles and Reed Diffusers. The vessels will be 100 per cent recyclable and complete with a traditional wax seal. Beautifully packaged in recycled materials, you can treat yourself to a decadent gift without any of the eco guilt.