The Big Spring List…

Last autumn, I created a list of thing I wanted to do in the coming months and I think it helped me embrace the season and make the most of all the joy it brings, so I decided to make it a bi-annual event and write a spring list too.

I think everybody loves spring. It’s a close call which season is my favourite if I’m honest but as winter is definitely my least favourite there’s something joyous about emerging into longer days, spring sunshine, bright colours and lighter food. Join in by making your list in the comments section below and just for fun go back and see if you managed any of your planned Autumn escapades.

Here’s a list of the things I’ll be trying to squeeze in this spring…

  1. Take a trip to the seaside and walk in the wind on the beach.
  2. Go daffodil spotting on a long walk.
  3. Eat spring lamb in a gastro pub somewhere pretty.
  4. Celebrate Easter with chocolate recipes and mini-eggs.
  5. Get back to regular exercise as the nights get lighter and start running again.
  6. Tidy up and re-arrange the back garden to make it ready for al fresco dining.
  7. Start growing seeds for the allotment.
  8. Take a trip to London to catch up with blog buddies and friends.
  9. Remember what the sun feels like on my skin.
  10. Plan a weekend away for one of the May bank holiday weekends.

Now it’s your turn…


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51 thoughts on “The Big Spring List…

  1. Oh we are going to sunny California (finally !!!!, and nonetheless inspired by your “Plan a getaway January-joy prompt”… that coincided with some good deals we found).

    And we are planning to go biking among the tulip fields, host Easter lunch (which is becoming some sort of tradition as we have been doing it for the last 3 years) .

    You have inspired me (just know) to get planning a weekend getaway… we do have a “hotel-bon” valid for 3 hotel nights that we have not managed to use.

    Also, I can not wait to be able to wear flowery dresses, and sunshine, oh sunshine. Mangos, avocados and strawberries are all on my list of favorite things… hope we’ll get some of those too.

    • We are also going to California! Clearly California is a place for Amandas to go this year. We go in May – do let me know where you go and any good tips.

      • Oh yay! When in May? We will be there the first 10 days…. Are you on twitter? Do you have a blog 🙂 ?

        I like that this is the Amanda’s go to California year!

        • Yes, we should call it Amandas’ Amazing Adventures in California. We get there on 1st June. Twitter is umber_statement. I can never comment on your blog – it won’t ever let me. We’re doing San Francisco, Sonoma, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Big Sur – you?

          • Mostly the San Francisco area. We want to see Berkeley, go to Monterey, maybe Sonoma, and Yosemite.

            I still have to research the area *properly*, but we would like to take day trips around SF / North California.

            (Originally we wanted to drive all the way down to San Diego, La Jolla, Santa Monica, pass LA, but it’s an 8-11 hrs drive)

            That is so so weird that you can’t comment on my blog (silly blogger).Can you comment in other blogspot blogs? (Then I can compare / figure out what I should change). I wish I was more techy as to be able to fix it…. In any case feel free to email me anytime!

  2. I’m going to:
    1. Plan a weekend get away without ipad or phones
    2. Plan our UK mini moon without ipad or phones or anything except each other and food
    3. See our couple friends more
    4. Spend more time together
    5. Prepare our balcony for al fresco evenings which means lugging back garden furniture on the bus from Ikea….Urgh.
    6. Plant sweet peas and re start our herb garden
    7. Stop weighing myself – I’ve lost 8% of my body fat but am a llb heavier and I hate myself for that 1lb
    8. Have a proper chat about where we want to be in 5 years
    9. Buy more summer investment pieces….in the same Bretton stripes and white linen though OBVIOUSLY
    10. Drink less caffeine. Twenty cups of tea is a hard habit to break. Did you know you’re only allowed two cups of de caffeinated tea if you’re pregnant? Obviously I’m not but it will take years to ween myself off my only vice. And I don’t have years.

    I have since Autumn managed to clear out under the bed. AND it’s now light in the mornings on my way to the gym which always perks me up a bit.

  3. 1. Make hot cross buns.
    2. Sit in a pub garden (in my coat… Drinking orange juice.)
    3. Visit our favourite National Trust properties.
    4. Have a baby!

      • Hehe! Due date is 3rd May, starting maternity leave next week.

        Never made hot cross buns before and I can’t stop eating them at the moment, so thought they would be the perfect Easter task. Actually, I think they are the ideal late-pregnancy snack – a little bit sweet, not too filling and if you have wholemeal ones then not too unhealthy either.

        • Esme, congratulations, your baby is close now!

          Here’s a recipe for St. Lucia buns, which, I believe, are somewhat similar to cross buns:

          Melt 75g butter. Remove from heat and add 250ml milk and 25g yeast (I used one sachet dried yeast instead). Dissolve 1 tsp saffron strands and 1 tsp sugar in 1 tablespoon hot water and add to the milk/butter mixture. Add 1 beaten egg and 1 tablespoon sugar (or a little more if you like your buns sweeter!) and mix well. Add 500g flour and mix until the dough is smooth (not too long so it is tough). Place dough in a warm place for half an hour to rise.
          Beat the dough down, divide into pieces and roll them out into finger-thick sausages. Form into Luciabrød shapes and leave to rise again for 20 minutes. Brush them with beaten egg (I used egg yolk only to make them even more yellow!) and decorate with raisins. Bake the bread in the oven at 250c for about 15 minutes. Enjoy!

          The recipe comes from Danish magazine Bolig Liv, the Nov 2011 edition and was shared (in the comments) by the lovely Fiona Lynne from Far Far away.

          • Love a list – really enjoying the bright sunshine today in Glasgow (even if it’s still chilly!)
            Mine is:
            1. Buy more fresh flowers for my house
            2. Handmake some gifts, lots of weddings and first birthdays coming up…
            3. Get back into regular exercise
            4. Make some chocolate Easter nests!
            5. Visit the seaside – I miss not living on the coast anymore

            Stole a couple from you Rebecca!

      • I used to make hot cross buns with my grandpa, they’re pretty easy and they make the house smell FANTASTIC and I imagine for those of you with kitchenaids (looks jealously at Rebecca and Esme) they’ll be even easier with a dough hook bit. I don’t have our old recipe but there are a couple on bbc good foods and I bet Paul Hollywood will do one on his tv show fairly shortly!
        ps double eeek Esme! Exciting! good luck! xx

  4. Love a list!

    -See my family more
    -Loose about 1/2 a stone
    -Eat more healthily (clean food, juices, raw veg etc)
    -Sort out my skincare regime!
    -Dining alfresco
    -Living in flip flops or open toe sandals
    -Getting pregnant….


    • Oh I so want to say that…. I hope it will work this spring. Science is magic, or I hope it will be for us, but yes, it’s right there with our deepest wishes.

        • We are just starting IVF too, good luck to all of us! As for my list, this is my first time so here goes…

          1. Plan a few days away, not sure if it will be in the UK or abroad but will be lovely to have something to look forward to.

          2. Clear out my wardrobe, it is a mess at the moment and I keep putting it off.

          3. Learn new recipes and also learn to bake, husband has just bought a Kitchenaid and really want to start using it!

          4. Visit the seaside, feels like ages since I’ve been.

          5. Start doing some excercise, I say this all the time but I really want to get a little fitter, even if it’s just gentle exercise

  5. This came at just the right time for me. I woke up this morning feeling a bit blue and thinking of a list of things to do to really enjoy spring was just what I needed. I usually love spring, I just feel its been so slow coming this year. But this is my list of things to try to do.

    – Have a very relaxing week away at a little cottage in the countryside (coming up in just over two weeks and I CANNOT wait)

    – Go for a walk in a bluebell wood

    – Clean the garden seat so if the sun shines I can sit out in the garden with a cup of tea

    – Find some interesting recipes for salads to take to work for lunch

    – Fill the house with spring flowers – I love daffodils and tulips and they always make me smile

    – Dust off my bike and get cycling regularly

    – A BIG spring clean of the house

    – Dig out my sewing machine, find some beautiful fabric and make something. Probably just some cushion covers or something else really simple but I know I’ll enjoy doing it

  6. Ooh love these and have got some good ideas from other commenters so thank you!! Mine are:

    Holiday (Babymoon!) to Seville and Costa de la Luz in Spain – In the process of booking for May. 🙂
    Take my camera of Auto and finally use the manual setting.
    Dust off the sewing machine my MIL gave me and have a go!
    Do a mood board for the nursery we are planning for the new arrival
    Finally have the bathroom redone! (Depending on funds!)
    Plant a herb garden and get some garden furniture ready for BBQ season!
    Bake some easter recipes.

    Ooh that feels better!

    Rachie xo

    • Oooh Rachie we’ve been looking for holiday destination for aaaggees now for this year and Spain is high on my list as I haven’t been, I wanted a dual city/beach break so your Seville/Costa de la Luz holiday sounds like one I may copy!

      • Glad to help Yanthe! We are going for 3 nights in Seville and then hiring a car and driving to the coast (about 1.5 hours) then having a villa for 7 nights near Conil de la Frontera which is super cheap! Plan to drive around the nearby towns,( Cadiz, vejer de la frontera , medina sedonia etc) and then fly out of Jerez (35 mins away!) Cant wait!

  7. I love lists, live by them, but this is something I haven’t ever really thought to do so here goes: –

    1. Go to Paris (a week on Saturday!)
    2. Visit family. We have trips arranged to see the OH’s family while we’re nearby for a wedding and one branch of my family for the annual Easter BBQ but I’m getting quite desperate for a visit to my Dad and Bro and in particular my gorgeous nephew who has started running around since we last saw him.
    3. Keep up the gym sessions. I’ve worked really hard at this since the New Year so I don’t want to let myself down now. I’ve lost just over a stone and feel much healthier, so I have all the right reasons to keep going.
    4. As a result of 3 above, I need some new clothes. I’m afraid I’m missing the shopping gene and don’t generally enjoy actually visiting the shops, preferring to shop online and return what I don’t like, but in reality that always ends up being everything, so I need to pin myself down and buy some clothes (I know, I really should not moan about this)
    5. Echoing many of the above, the garden. We are very, very, lucky to have a garden (yard) in London and I don’t think we used it anywhere near enough for al fresco dining last year.
    6. Sort out my nails. They are a mess. I’m useless at painting them and they peel away whenever they feel like it.
    7. Make the most of our surroundings and as soon as my foot is as healed as it is going to be and up to running I’m determined to start taking part in our local Park Run and use the Common for some outdoor exercise in the sunshine. Come on sunshine, we know you’re hiding somewhere nearby…
    8. Finally make a decision and book a summer holiday
    9. Try and work the diaries as best we can so we get some time together mid-week
    10. Cherish my, frankly wonderful, friends and arrange some days/nights out in the coming months

    Phew – these lists can get quite long when you get thinking can’t they?!

    • Yanthe we’re on a strict austerity plan and as a result I’m not really allowed to buy new clothes… if you want a shopping buddy who will live your purchases through you vicariously sing out! 😉 I am sure I can convert you to the joys of a day out in the actual non virtual shops…

      • Er Gemma I may well take you up on that! I haven’t got a huge budget but I literally don’t own a pair of jeans (actually didn’t own any before, but now feel more confident in purchasing a pair) so this has to be rectified!

  8. Thanks for the inspiration – this is just what I needed! I am going to make my own list tonight but my key aim is to approach life in the same way as my 2 year old labrador. Every morning I open the door for her 6.30am walk and she bounds out, ears flapping as though it is the BEST DAY EVER and I trail behind looking like a big grump!

    For those people wanting to make hot cross buns, I am also trying this at the weekend. There’s a lovely looking recipe in this month’s ‘Simple Things’ magazine. x

  9. Love reading everyone’s comments! My list is:
    Move into our new house which will be the first place I’ve ever owned and the first home we’ve owned together, and then decorate it!
    Have an Easter dinner with all the trimmings just for the two of us
    Clean out the cupboards, purge the wardrobe, wash my makeup brushes, organise the bedroom and a general spring clean.
    Apply for an allotment next to our new house in the park and get gardening!
    Make more rigid plans with friends and try to have friend dates once a week or fortnight
    Write handwritten letters and cards to people just for fun by thinking of the person, what they like, and then going for a roam in paperchase.
    Dig out my Spanish coursework books and get practising before Barcelona in June
    Experiment with more vegan recipes
    and finally… capitalise on an exciting career opportunity which has come my way.
    Also am pretty excited about trying the new coconut kit kat chunky once Lent is over 😉

  10. I hadn’t thought about this but love a list so here goes…

    1) Plan properly for our honeymoon to California at the end of May so I’m not running around like a headless chicken the week before, panicking
    2) Send off my passport to get my name changed (see above!)
    3) Get out for hikes and bike rides in the countryside and look for signs of Spring.
    4) Finally sell my wedding dress!
    5) Survive Easter in Aberdeenshire – yes, I’m scared of how cold it’s going to be for this soft southerner.
    6) Dance at my friend’s wedding
    7) Enjoy the bank holiday weekend in York visiting friends.
    8) Lose weight. On every list I’ve ever made (and even the ones I haven’t). Remember this when Easter eggs seem very appealling.

  11. I see that on the autumn post I was doing my usual moaning about autumn and refused to join in 😉 I did hate the bit of autumn/winter I was in the country for but managed to miss much of it so I shouldn’t moan! Spring however I can get MUCH more on board with so here goes:

    – plan the planting for the pots on my balcony – it’s not big gardening but it’s all I’ve got!

    – hoping to plan a weekend in Paris with some girlfriends

    – do some more knitting, I’ve been working on the same scarf for over a year, it’s ridiculous!

    – sort out the mess of cosmetics/toiletries in my bathroom

    – GET FIT. Always on the list but I mean it this time. I lost weight while in Thailand this January which was amazing but now I’ve booked to hike the inca trail in July I need to get fitter if I’m not going to, you know, die…. And I’m going to a chocolate festival this weekend and a coffee festival next month which is basically my 2 favourite things but not aligned to fitness so need to get going!

  12. Love this post and hearing what others are up to.

    Here is my List…

    Book our first *family* summer holiday.

    Enjoy spending time with my husband and baby girl over the spring break.

    Discover new things to do locally as a family.

    Visit my dad’s over Easter to see all the lambs!

    Find a handcream to tackle my super dry hands!! Suggestions welcome!

    Start running a lot more to get rid of my baby fat and hopefully (fingers crossed) enter a relay triathlon with friends.

    Buy some post-baby clothes.

    I am a teeny bit jealous of Rebecca’s allotment so might just find out if there are any available near me!! I LOVE a bit of gardening!

    …and now I might just have to make the hot cross buns.

  13. Well, I had wondered if it was old news, but there are that many of you off to Cali, that I’m going to re-post my Honeymoon and my recent trip, SFO to Vegas.

    Watch this space and consider it added to my spring list!!

  14. Okay, first time making one of these lists, so here goes…

    1. Finalise plans for one of my best friend’s hen do… and ensure she has a fabulous time whilst we’re away.

    2. Take a trip to the seaside and indulge in some fish and chips

    3. Continue with Alphabet dating… C, D and E to come shortly

    4. Book our ski holiday for next year! Yes, I know this is rather early, but with moving house we missed out this year. Itching to get something in the diary!

    5. I’m in the middle of planning a lovely weekend full of delicious food and drinks with friends at my house just after Easter

    6. Get our garden BBQ ready – lay the rest of our patio (a job for the boys!), sort out our tubs, get some hanging baskets and dust off our garden furniture

    7. Plan a getaway for our second wedding anniversary – will happily take suggestions of where we could go! Thinking two-three nights and possibly a European city that’s not going to break the bank!

    8. Continue to train for the Great North Swim in June

    9. Start decorating our house!

    10. Start getting me and my body for Summer… some serious pampering is needed!

    11. Start baking some more… starting with Cadbury’s Creme Egg Brownies (aka death by chocolate!)

        • Amanda M – this is the recipe:


          185g unsalted butter
          185g best dark chocolate
          85g plain flour
          40g cocoa powder
          3 large eggs
          275g golden caster sugar
          6 Cadbury’s Crème eggs cut in half.

          Preheat the oven to 160C and grease a 20 cm square baking tin.
          Melt the butter and dark chocolate together either in the microwave or in a bowl over boiling water.
          Break 3 large eggs into a large bowl and tip in 275g golden caster sugar. With an electric mixer on maximum speed, whisk the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy, like a milk shake. This can take 3-8 minutes. You will know it’s ready when the mixture becomes really pale and about double its original volume.
          Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse, and then gently fold together.
          Hold a sieve over the bowl of eggy chocolate mixture and sift the cocoa and flour mixture, shaking the sieve from side to side, to cover the top evenly. Gently fold in to the mixture.
          Pour into the baking tin and cook for 15 minutes then take out of the over and gently press the cadburys crème egg halves into the mix, spacing them apart evenly. Put back in the over for another 5-10 minutes.
          Leave to cool before removing from tin and cutting into squares.

  15. First I’m longing to pack my winter tights, coats & berets away.
    I’m itching to get back into the garden.
    A weekend away with my university friends, it’s been ages.
    Read, read & read a little bit more.
    A spa day away with mum & my sister.
    Enjoying pedicures, as I shan’t be able to do my own.
    Nest & prepare the room for our early summer baby.
    & Reading this I feel I should add make Hot Cross Buns to my list!

  16. Reading this post and everyone’s replies has made feel so happy. The wonderful short spring season here in Dubai is nearly at an end, with the heat creeping up, but I have been trying to make the most of it. Here are some things that I’ve been doing and hope to keep up and things I still hope to fit in;

    1. Continue following the NHS Couch to 5k, by running outside in the evenings.

    2. Buying spring flowers weekly.

    3. Come off the pill…

    4. Update our photo wall, it’s long overdue.

    5. Design and write our wedding thank you cards.

    6. Bake an Easter ombre cake, inspired by the one you made Rebecca.

    7. Invest in a beautiful pair of sandals/flip flops and a versatile maxi dress to see me through summer.

    8. Clean out my car, the boot is like a spare room to our apartment!

    9. Write and post the cards I’ve bought for friends and family back home.

    10. Go to the beach for an early morning stroll.

    Mmm, I don’t think I’ve been too ambitious! Nice even number 🙂

  17. Love this idea… I think there’s something special about setting yourself some goals for the start of each new season… here’s my list!

    1. Get back to pre-baby weight – Bubba is 3 weeks old so its good to have a goal!

    2. Bring nature into my home – I love flowers at this time of year. I’m determined to have some tulips, gerbera daisies or daffodils filling up the house.

    3. The big spring clean. Enough said.

    4. Finish my big girl’s scrapbook and get started on my baby’s.

    5. Totally pinching the idea to get posting good old snail mail again. I need to hunt out some pretty papers and get in touch with my lovely friends the old school way.

    6. Prioritise date night once a week with my fab hub. Has to be planned for when you have two under 2!

    I could go on… but I’ll only fail if I add any more to the list!!!

    Happy springtime everyone!


  18. Oh Rebecca I’ve just realised you mentioned a trip to London on your list, please tell me there is going to be another FF meet up…

  19. Great list – except am I the only one who feels a pang at the inclusion of a baby lamb on a plate? Charlotte’s web obviously affected me a bit much in my childhood.

    Oh well – love the rest, and reading the replies has put a spring in my step.

    C x

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