It is certainly hard to believe, shovelling snow off the path and wrapping three scarves around my neck, that the clocks go forwards in just a couple of weeks time. Yes, spring is definitely knocking at the door, but sadly it looks as though it wants to come in because it has frostbite.
We think that it is at exactly this sort of time, when the gooey centres of Crème Eggs have frozen into yellow ice cubes, that it's time to be positive, look forwards, and start thinking about spring, new born lambs, daffodils and sunshine.
Well, it might work. It would almost certainly be overly optimistic to start planning a barbecue or outdoor picnic just yet, unless of course you're looking to enjoy a very quiet evening without guests, or indeed toes, but that doesn't mean you can't start planning spring parties or a get together. Indeed, if you have a child who has a birthday party coming up then it's a great opportunity to think about springtime themes, Unless of course your child is a fourteen year old boy, in which case cute little lambs and adorable fluffy chicks are probably not going to be met with rapturous wonder.
But for smaller children there are several great party themes which include animals, such as a farm party theme. It's a shame really that fish aren't fluffy, because when it comes to the spring they don't get much of a look in. Cute fluffy chicks and bouncing new born lambs get all the glory, yet it's spring time at the bottom of the sea as well, not just on land. If your child likes fish, the sea or a fishy related film like Finding Nemo, then there are plenty of under the sea party themes for them too.
For adults spring offers a chance to try out a few new cocktails. Mind you, so does Autumn. And Tuesdays. In fact we don't think there are many times that don't call for a new cocktail, but to help things move along here's one of our favourite springtime cocktails to get things rolling. The word 'cocktail' was first coined in 1798, appearing in a London newspaper. The drink in question was gin based, and so to warm your cockles with a warming springtime themed cocktail, here's how it goes.
Ingredients: 60 ml Beefeater Gin 10 ml Cointreau 10 ginger syrup 3 dashes Angostura bitters
Directions: Stir the ingredients in over some ice, and then pour into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice.