As I posted yesterday, I have been in a bit of a slump the past few days. To gain the additional exercise that is widely encouraged in such moments, today I walked to the station in the next town over from our house.
The sun was shining and the sky was a clear, bright blue. The weather, too, can have a huge impact on how you feel, and today had a real spring feeling about it. There was no wind, which so often makes up a coastal Scottish winter and there had been no rain or frost the night before. So instead of being a crisp, cold, frosty winter morning, the air was soft and the ground underfoot was spongy, but no longer muddy.
Instead of a sharp chill that can take your breath away, scents other than fire-smoke filled my airways. It had that start of spring smell, of warm earth and grass just beginning to turn sweet as its filled with sugar by the sun.
Last Thursday had the spring sky and I found the first snowdrop shoots in the garden (but we have had snow since then). The weather will undoubtedly turn again; Scotland is famed for having all four seasons in one day. But it is clear that a new season, the signal of a new lifecycle, is starting to fight through. It helped me feel more invigorated too.
A new month in a new year, a new season and a new resolution – my husband and I have finally transitioned to a vegan diet and have just started trying for a baby.