Happy May Day lovely readers! May Day, or Beltane, is traditionally a festival celebrating new life and fertility. Fire is a big part of Beltane and this feels somehow right too- a final cleansing goodbye to winters darkness. I've never felt more connected to the energy of Spring, I'm full of confidence and energy and clarity after Winter months of introspective pondering. Spring weather is often more reliable than summers fickle effort (even despite the April snow flurries we've had!), so remember to get outside and enjoy it as much as possible!
- Give a May Posy. Today is May Day and tomorrow is a bank holiday- hurray! Following yesterdays May workshop, today I sent off my husband and our May Fairy to deliver a few May Posies to our friends houses whilst I work. It isn't to late to do a bit of scrumping today and rustle something up for tomorrow if you fancy some flower faffing.
- Get up early to hear the dawn chorus. In case you haven't already clocked the rising sound of the bird song, the dawn chorus is majestic at this time of year. Set the alarm for dawn and throw open your windows, or go on a special dawn chorus walk- they're happening all over the country.
- Visit The Wise Words festival. Some friends of mine are putting on the wonderful Wise Words festival in Canterbury in Kent. Its a spoken word festival and they have some wonderful performances and kids workshops.
- Visit a Rapeseed field. The bright yellow fields of rapeseed are in full flower and are one of those spectacles of nature that make my heart soar. Grab your camera, you're going to want to capture their glory!
- Seek out the Night Jars. Nightjar birds migrate to the South of the UK from Africa from April and in the north of England and central Scotland in May and early June. They make the weirdest, most mesmerising chirring sound and you'll spot them at dusk and dawn. You can hear it here.
- Sow Flowers: It's finally tiiiiiime! It's warm enough to finally sow seeds directly into the soil and we have been scattering our flower seeds with abandon (I realise we may regret it- but we're going for a wild look anyway!)
- Keep cleaning and cleaRing. Yep, keeping this one on here from last month- If you haven’t managed that big spring clean or clear out, then it’s never too late! Even if you only manage a few things a day, its always worth it. I am a true decluttering convert and I really believe it’s improved my quality of life. See my DIY Natural Cleaning Recipes here.
- Look out for Elderberry Bushes which will start flowering in May. Make elderflower cordial/gin/champagne/ice lollies/cake- there is so much to do with this beautiful flavour!
- Hunt out British Asparagus. The season for British Asparagus is quite short so hunt it out near you- it is nothing like the insipid stalks available all year round.
- Forage for Wood Sorrel and Wild garlic- both are in abundance right now, and make a beautiful seasonal salad or pesto.
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Marakesh Styling session
You may have noticed that todays newsletter is being published to you much later than usual- this is on account of the wonderful May workshop I ran yesterday, which used up all my time in advance. Apologies! I'm cutting this months Sunday Supplement short and instead telling you about something pretty amazing. I am thrilled to have been asked by Emma from Owl in The Ivy to run a styling masterclass session at her retreat in Marakesh. It's 1st-6th June, half in Marakesh and half up in the Atlas mountains. It sounds utterly divine, and as someone whose never been to Morocco I am literally pulsating with excitement to get exploring (and shopping!) I am even more thrilled that Emma has offered my newsletter readers an amazing 50% off code eligible for both the 3 and 6 night option- If you've signed up its in your inboxes, if you haven't, sign up now and i'll forward you today's newsletter which contains the code. This is an amazing amazing offer, i'd love to hang out in 'Kesh with some of you for a few days too!
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P.S Current fave Spring tunes are here