May the joyful month that bridges Spring and Summer. The month of May was named for the Greek goddess Maia, who was identified with the Roman era goddess of fertility, Bona Dea, whose festival was held in May. May's birthstone is the emerald which is emblematic of love and success - heres to a loving and ‘successful’ month to you all - whatever success might mean to you.
10 Wonderful Things to Do/Make or Celebrate this May:
- Celebrate May Day - Organise a MayPole Dance with some friends or for your kids and their friends. Learn to make you own pole here with this lovely Oh Happy Day tutorial.
- Have a Dawn Chorus Day! Get up early and open the windows, or find a dawn chorus walk near you. Hannah has done this for a few years and it is amazing how deafeningly loud bird song can be in the stillness of the dawn.
- Visit the Woods at Dusk to hear the Night Jars. Nightjars migrate to Britain from Africa and return there after rearing their chicks. They arrive in the south of England, their main stronghold, in April and in the north of England and central Scotland in May and early June, and have a weird, distinctive and mesmerising chirring sound.
- Sow Flowers: Its the perfect time of the year for outdoor sowing of two of our favourite flowers - sunflowers and poppies. Its also a good time to sow vegetables such as beetroot, broccoli and brussels sprouts. Here is a full list.
- Book your Summer Holidays- Hannah has been writing up her travel guides for Huffington Post which you can read here if you need inspiration. look out for post on UK festivals next week.
- Explore the UK during this Half term - explore somewhere in the UK that you have never been to before - look into home exchange as an affordable way to do this.
- Eat Seasonal Meals: Eat Asparagus, radishes, peas, kale, new potatoes, broad beans, purple sprung broccoli.
- Bake Seasonal Puddings: Make Hannah’s rhubarb crumble cake or make a delicious gooseberry fool.
- Forage Dandelions and make make dandelion pesto.
- Vote (If you live in the UK) - Compare policies from each party in their own words, and make an informed decision about who to vote for at the 2015 general election.
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