Apr 25, 2014

Spring! (Also World Book Night)

It’s been a long while since I last did a general update type post, so I thought I’d give you a glimpse of what I did over my Easter break. I’ve come to realise I take (and post) pretty much the exact same spring pictures every year, but then again part of what makes spring so striking is the fact that after a long winter, it never fails to feels new. Here’s what I’ve been up to, with bonus random flowers:

Riding my bike

I got to practice my cycling a little bit. Whenever I get frustrated with myself for not being confident enough to cycle to work yet, I try to remember that a little over a year ago I couldn’t ride a bike at all, and so the above photo would have been unthinkable.

Blooming cherry tree

more blossoms

Fallen petals by a daffodil

I went to the park — I never fail to marvel at how celebratory warm sunny days feel in the UK. When I was growing up there were enough of them that we’d take them for granted, but here’s it’s all about seizing the day with impromptu picnics and whatnot.

crowded park on a sunny day

Tree with pink blossoms


I celebrated Easter with a delicious cream tea:

Easter tea: tea pot and cake stand

And finally, I got to do something I’ve been promising/threatening for years, even if not exactly to the scale of my dreams. I had mixed feelings about the official World Book Night list this year and the way it was marketed (for all the reasons this post explains so well), but hooray for small things.

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine with World Book Night sticker
Tomorrow is readathon day, so I’ll be back with, as Fyrefly usually puts it, a “Big, Fancy, Frequently Updated Readathon Post”. See you then!


  1. We should be well into spring here, but unfortunately our winter is a persistent bugger this year.

  2. I am so with you on spring, and right down to the sunny days in the UK thing. Totally took heat / sun / summer for granted growing up, and now it's like every bright, warm-ish day is a gift. It's kind of nice in a strange way, although I still want more heat.

    Hope you enjoy the Read-a-thon - I'll be back to see what you're reading. :)

  3. Oh my goodness, but you do have spring!!! So many flowers, so much green! We've had the start of the earliest flowers, but still no leaves or anything. The grass has turned quite a bit greener over the last week though, so I'm definitely not complaining--I know those explosions of color are just around the corner! :)

    I'm so very excited about tomorrow--you have no idea how happy I am that you're able to participate this time! Or maybe you do. Just know that it's happiness X a bazillion! And Ana, the post you wrote for the read-a-thon blog. Perfection. Love you. So much.

  4. *dances around your Delusions sign*

    Its been a TERRIBLE TERRIBLE week for gender equality in my industry this week, so this gave me a nice little pick-me-up at the end of the week. :) Thanks, Ana.

  5. That is genius that you got to actually hand out Delusions of Gender on the street! Marvelous.

  6. New skills are the best and there's no reason you have to ride to work if you don't like road riding, bikes can be for fun and parks.

  7. We are just the same here in Seattle ... every sunny day must be taken advantage of with walks and picnics and such! These are beautiful pictures. Have a very wonderful readathon!

  8. I was listening to an NPR podcast recently in which somebody said that it's rather amazing that we keep on getting excited for spring. It is, isn't it? How cool is it that spring keeps on making us SO HAPPY year after year? That is lucky that it never gets old!

    Did not know that about World Book Night. That is interesting information that is also a bummer. :/

  9. Lovely photos! This was my first time as a giver for WBN, so I was pretty thrilled to participate.

  10. Gorgeous blossoms!! One day they will be here. Our spring is so slow in coming this year. Celebrate every warm day, that's for sure!

    I am enjoying seeing you bicycle :-) and those cream teas - I miss those! It looks like you had a lovely Easter :-) thanks for sharing with us.


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