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Welcoming Spring

spring in southampton - her little journal

The meteorological spring started on the first day of March, but since the universe likes jokes and irony, we got heavy snow instead of spring blooms. At that time, Southampton looked like it was in the middle of winter.

But if you looked closer, the signs of spring was there. There were daffodils hidden under the thick layer of snow, and a few other flowers peeked through the land of white.

Two days after that, the temperature rose to 10 degrees Celsius, and almost all traces of snow were gone. Apart from a few blocks of ice that were slowly melting, it almost looked like the whole snow debacle was just a tale.

Anyway, that was a week ago. Today, I took a walk around the neighborhood and couldn’t help stopping every few meters to take photos of more signs of spring. The short walk to La Baronia, our favorite Mexican restaurant, took twice longer (not that I minded). The weather felt MUCH warmer than last week, and we got a blue sky as a bonus as well.

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

Spring in Southampton was one of my favorite times, and this week I’m reminded of all the things I liked about it. The longer days, the warmer weather, cherry blossoms, the wildflowers in every corner of the city, the Easter break… Everything just seems to be pleasant and wonderful.

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

Some flowers haven’t really sprung into action, but they’re getting there.

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

spring in southampton - her little journal

(btw, can you believe all the photos in this post were taken with my phone?)

After what felt like the longest and coldest winter, I’m welcoming this new season with a huge sigh of relief, and much excitement. The next 2 months are going to be busy, and I’m worried I may not have a lot of time to be outside as much as I’d like, but I’m going to do my best.

I’ll try to take more walks with my camera, possibly without an internet. I want to walk slowly and take in the surroundings without any distraction. I want to be able to take deep breaths, relax, and find a few minutes of peace in between the hectic, often stressful hours.

I want to live more, and spend less time online.

And spring seems like the apt time to start.

Welcome, spring.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Ozu

    Dixieee, aku pun setuju kalo spring itu bukan cuma sekedar bikin segalanya terlihat bagus tapi juga liven up the mood gitu.. terutama tahun ini sih setelah winter yang enggak santai :)) Btw ini foto – foto sekarang apa spring sebelumnya Dix? Kok cepet banget udah pada berbunga ajaa, disini msh jarang bgt huhu.

    March 11, 2018 at 10:36 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Banget Zu, ngaruh banget cuaca yang lebih anget & daylight yang lebih panjang. Ini foto2nya diambil kemarin banget Zu, di sini udah mulai berbunga di mana2. Mungkin karena Soton lebih anget? Ah entahlah, tapi pokoknya seneng banget ngeliat bunga2 bermunculan. Bye bye winter blues! 😀

      March 12, 2018 at 1:31 pm
  • Reply devimarietta

    Winter kali ini ternyata memang berat di mana mana ternyata tahun ini ya dixie..have a lovely spring ya :))

    March 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Iya, entah kenapa terasa berat banget tahun ini. Aku kira cuma aku aja, ternyata kamu juga ngerasain ya? Makasih ya Devi, you too! 🙂

      March 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Sari Bainbridge

    Beautiful pictures Dixie, setuju banget aku juga mau ngurangin online dimulai dari FB dulu hehe. Enjoy your spring!!

    March 13, 2018 at 3:02 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Mbak Sari! Semoga bisa sama2 ngurangin online ya, nyandu banget nih soalnya huhu.

      March 14, 2018 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Dita

    And we just hit by another storm this morning! Big flurries! But with a day light saving on, it helps to get out of the office and see a dash of sun. Hope I’ll get my annual photo “toes meet sun” soon 😀
    Btw, I’d like to spend less time online too, reclaiming my brain.

    March 13, 2018 at 4:07 pm
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Daylight saving does help. Hope spring will come soon to your place too!
      I’ve realized lately that I’m getting addicted, so I need to take drastic measures :p

      March 14, 2018 at 10:55 pm
  • Reply inly

    Spring is always cheering up.. Cherry Blossom will be always be on of my favorite flower.. All your picture is GREAT, Dixie..

    March 18, 2018 at 1:37 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Inly! Spring does make everything feels better. Same here about flowers, my favorites are cherry blossoms and daisies 🙂

      March 18, 2018 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Justin Larissa

    “Deep breaths, relax, and find a few minutes of peace in between the hectic, often stressful hours” are definitely also my goals right now. Meski disini gak ada spring yg bisa cakep cakep gitu bunganya, tapi in peace naturally bisa terjadi dimana aja. Good luck Mba Dixie :*

    March 24, 2018 at 12:08 am
    • Reply Dixiezetha

      Thank you Justin, semoga bisa sama2 mencapai goal yang ini ya 🙂

      March 24, 2018 at 2:55 pm

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