The second half of February. It feels like winter has gone on forever, and spring should be here, but it’s still cold, and you’re sick of bundling up in layers. Here are five good things to do to stay sane when you’re fed up in February:
1. Go for a walk and make a point of noticing every sign of impending spring you can spot. Very pregnant sheep, snowdrops, budding branches, lighter clothes in shop windows, even those annoying Easter eggs in the supermarket can have a positive angle!
2. Browse your favourite fashion sites, check out the new collections, and toy with the idea of a different look for this year. I always find ideas for new shapes or garments in the new seasonal collections for Hush and Toast.
3.Start spring inside, even if it’s taking its time outside. Plonk bunches of tulips into a vase and they will obligingly arrange themselves into a graceful display. Place a little pot of flowers or some bulbs on your desk so that all day you are reminded the year is turning, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
Garlands aren’t just for Christmas! This pretty gold leaf garland catches the light and the leaves are a welcome reminder of greenery to come. It can be displayed in the wreath shape or gently pulled out into a garland.
4. Go somewhere warmer, the best cure for being fed up in February! Southern Spain is about 18 degrees during the day, and 8 at night. Morocco is similar. Despite the fact locals will be wearing coats it will feel pleasantly balmy after a British winter.
Spring comes early to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I am reliably informed that daffodils, still tightly wrapped in our garden, are in bloom in West Cornwall. The temperature is a few degrees warmer than further up country, which makes a lot of difference in February. You’ll get the beaches and coastal towns almost to yourself, prices for cottages out of season are a third of their summer highs, and there are plenty of special offers for hotels and B&Bs.
5. Cook something different. By the latter half of February it feels like we’ve been dug in at home for winter forever and are long overdue for a change of tastes and colours. Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients is a wonderfully simple way to ease into a new season of eating. You’ll already have many of the ingredients in your cupboard or fridge, and the rest are easily found. This week we tried his Creamy Mustard Chicken, and it was quick and tasty.