Friday, 5 February 2010

Spring IS coming!

I love to dip into Revgalblogpals, and though I don't usually 'play' at the Friday five questions, I thought that with no sermon to do I would, for a change:

Sally writes:
Candlemass is past, and Christmas is well and truly over, here in the UK February looks set to be its usual grey and cold self. Signs of spring are yet to emerge; if like me you long for them perhaps you need ways to get through these long dark days. So lets share a few tips for a cold and rainy/ snowy day....

1. Exercise, what do you do if you can't face getting out into the cold and damp?

I do find it therapeutic to clean the house vigourously - but if you could see the dust you'd know I don't often get round to it! I also make a point of always running, rather than walking, upstairs - something my mum always did until her stroke.

2. Food; time to comfort eat, or time to prepare your body for the coming spring/summer?

I try to eat healthily, but my body craves carbohydrate.

3. Brainpower; do you like me need to stave off depression, if so how do you do it?

I'm fortunate that I don't get 'down' much - but if I do then getting some jobs done (work, domestic, whatever) usually works better for me than sitting around

4. How about a story that lifts your spirits, is there a book or film that you return to to stave off the gloom?

I had the Michael McIntyre DVD 'Hello Wembley' for Christmas - he makes me laugh.

5. Looking forward, do you have a favourite spring flower/ is there something that says spring is here more than anything else?

A few years ago I noticed for the first time that the buds of Spring are there even as the Autumn leaves fall - but now is the time to spot those buds starting to stir into life. I have a horsechestnut tree in my garden & the 'sticky buds' are giving me hope that Spring will come soon.

Bonus; post a poem/ piece of music that points to the coming spring......

The Enkindled Spring D.H. Lawrence (1916)

This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
Wild puffing of emerald trees, and flame-filled bushes,
Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
Where the wood fumes up and the watery, flickering rushes.

I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze.

And I, what fountain of fire am I among
This leaping combustion of spring? My spirit is tossed
About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
Of flames, a shadow that’s gone astray, and is lost.


Processing Counselor said...

In Ohio,USA we had Buckeye trees, like your Horse chestnuts. I remember those sticky buds as a sign of spring!

Processing Counselor said...

In Ohio,USA we had Buckeye trees, like your Horse chestnuts. I remember those sticky buds as a sign of spring!

Sally said...

Love that poem!

LutheranChik said...

I wish I found housework envigorating! I once read to set a timer for 15 or 20 minutes per task just to provide some competitive interest to the process, but frankly that's not enough motivation for me.;-) Good play!

altar ego said...

House cleaning is one of my regular winter exercises! But like you, dusting, not so much.

angela said...

me too on the carbs. My husband tried that Atkins diet and it works okay for him. I just increased migraines tenfold. I do better spending meat money on tempting fruits...tomatoes on the vine, avacado, or raspberries...and absolutely don't allow potato chips in the house--haha

Auntie Knickers said...

I'm glad you played this week! Thanks for the poem.

Jan said...

I love the poem. Thanks.

Nik said...

Ahhhh, dusting... alas, the dust-motes and I have bonded - they have names and I'd feel a little odd if they just weren't around any longer... :)

Mrs. M said...

"This blaze of growing"-- gorgeous!

And, I'd sort of forgotten what a pick-me-up housecleaning can be-- whoops! Thanks for the reminder!

Barb said...

Think you've found a way of getting comments... :)

accidentalseminarian said...

I love Michael McIntyre too!