Spring Clean

Afternoon peeps.

I am in the middle of a bit of a spring clean today. I had to wait in for a delivery, so I decided to do some cleaning, sort out the recycling and then attack the piles of stuff that seem to build up. Anyone else find this? I think when I tidy I often just put things in neat piles, but today I went through some of the piles- found some great stuff including a load of travel brochures for Norway (from 2010!).

After the delivery came, I popped out on a walk (but had to be back because our shopping is coming) but I might have another one later.  I have taken a few photos from my walks in the past few days.

The other day I went around the lakes. I used to love running around them, and had to go to the leisure centre to get some vouchers, so I decided to treat myself to a walk.

I saw several herons, and a rabbit! 🙂

I have also been doing my usual walk of the fields behind my house, and have made the walk a little longer. It is so lovely to see everything coming to life over the past few weeks.

I love the blossom that is around at the moment!

And I saw a little rabbit by the side of the path. I stood and watched it for ages, but then I felt a bit bad because it did not seem to see or hear me, and it’s eyes looked like they were shut, so I don’t hold out much hope for it surviving.

I was only about a metre away and it was hopping about, eating grass and things.

On my walks I usually listen to my mp3 player- I like to download podcasts to listen to, and usually use my running headphones. Last week I was sent some to try, so I have been using them on my walks.

These are in-ear headphones, whereas my usual ones have a band that goes around the back of my head. I tried them at first as they were, but they kept popping out while I was walking, which was very annoying. They come with 3 sizes of ear buds, so I swapped to the smallest size, and they stay in much better. I like the clip too.

It can also attach to a phone (side point- as my contract was up I decided to go for it and get a phone that can go on the internet! My transition to living in the 21st Century may well be complete! Oh, except my car only has a tape player…), and as there is a little microphone in the earphones you could take a call while out and about (although I have not tried that because I hardly ever phone anyone, and also only just got this phone and have no music or anything on it). I think they are meant to be more for an iPhone, because I suppose you would have music on them? Anyway, the earphones have been great for me, because to wear my running headphones I have to tie my hair up (the band gets in the way otherwise). The sound quality was very good too- I had to turn the volume right down. I could still hear what was going on around me, but the buds did fill my ears, so they did take a little getting used to as the sound was different.

Because the weather was so warm, I also moved away from normal hot tea, to iced tea.

This was with an apple and cinnamon teabag– part of my last i-herb order. I brewed the teabag in a little hot water (in a cup), then took the teabag out, added cold water and poured into the glass with some ice. It was lovely- so refreshing, so I will be trying that with some different teabags soon.

I have also been adding some fresh mint leaves to my morning mint tea- yum.

Although I did see on the weather today that it is getting colder and that it might even snow! Craziness!

Right, off for some more sorting out. 🙂

Is anyone else getting on with spring cleaning at the moment? Anyone else get a bit upset by poorly wild animals? When I was little I watched a lot of nature documentaries, and I remember watching one about penguins. One baby penguin was dying and I was so upset and I was saying to my Dad “why can’t the cameramen save the penguin?” and he had to explain to me that humans should not be getting involved in wild animals- the baby penguin might end up being food for a baby seal or something. Same with that rabbit I suppose, but it is still not nice thinking about it.

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17 thoughts on “Spring Clean”

  1. It’s fabulous to see everything coming out and looking springlike… sadly I think this week will see it all back into hibernation again! It’s looking horrible – we have a maximum (maximum!) forecast temperature of 4C on Wednesday. Brrrr. My Easter is looking less about runs and bike rides and more about cleaning out the garage (meh).

    The poor little rabbit sounds like it has mixomatosis. We have loads of rabbits on the campus where I work and you see them sometimes, not afraid of anything and with puffy looking eyes. Nothing you can do to help unfortunately. It may have, er, entered the food chain by now.

    1. Yes I think you are right- we have a lot of rabbits on the field of the school where I work, and every now and then we get them wandering slowly through the playground- not nice at all.
      Oh, I need to clean out my garage too, but I am saving that for when Andy is around!

  2. It’s very distressing to see wild animals clearly sick and in pain: all of the rabbits where I live seem to come down with some kind of disease once they reach full maturity, and honestly when I see one that’s been run over I think it’s probably suffered less than the others. I know people think of rabbits as pests/vermin but it still makes me very sad.

    Please don’t mention snow! It’s meant to be just Scotland so really I hope it bloomin’ well stays there.

    xxx

    1. Yes I am sure it was just Scotland- they said here we might have flurries on higher ground but the temperature would still be around 12C so not that cold.

  3. Such beautiful spring pictures; I love all the blossom at the moment; it transforms the place 🙂
    I’ve seen rabbits with myxomatosis before and it’s heartbreaking; it’s so horrible when an animal’s suffering because they don’t know what’s happening. I remember trying to save injured wild birds in the past and my mum would be trying to talk me out of it because they wouldn’t survive but I couldn’t leave them!

  4. I’ve been doing some spring cleaning and sorting stuff out over March which has been great. The flat feels much less cluttered. I get really upset when I see poorly or dead animals. I hate seeing road kill as well. I know what your Dad said about wild animals is right though, I think it serves to remind us that unfortunately nature can be cruel sometimes 🙁 Beautiful cherry blossoms, I’m loving them at the moment too!

  5. Looks beautiful, I’ve been havi v a bit if a spring clean too 3 big bags of old clothes gone already but I need to get a little more ruthless! X

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