Spring at last in Nova Scotia.
If you are not in these parts at home you might wonder why I declare spring only now.
Spring starts for me when the first leaves come out on a particular tree in our backyard.
Today, it happened.
The first leaves are out. They are small and fragile. The lush green is so wonderful to see - again.
A sunny warm day brought me out into the garden to tackle all kinds of weed. It is a hands-on job on my knees. It is not always comfortable to hunker down like that but the smell.
The smell of the fresh earth and the green gras just make my heart sing.
I was reminded again how important it is to dig in the earth. To take in the smells, and letting long forgotten memories pass me by while doing my work.
I felt tired afterwards but also rewarded and happy.
Did you know that multiple studies have shown how playing in the dirt can have a drastic impact on our mental health?
Here is a great short article by Alanna Ketler
So get out there if you feel a bit down. If you don’t have a garden yourself go to a public garden and put your hands into the soil.
Take off your shoes and walk the ground.
Have fun playing and getting dirty. (smile)
Take good care,