If we are to believe the weather forecast then the South East of England is in for another flurry, perhaps even a dumping of snow this week. My thoughts however, are turning to spring as I choose to look beyond what the forecasters say and take a look around the woods for signs that Spring IS on it’s way.
Although it is cold, it has been wonderfully sunny and at the end of last week I took a good look around the woods to see what is beginning to reveal itself…
One of my daughter’s favourite books (as is one of mine!) is ‘The Story of The Root Children’ and I am reminded of it every Spring when imagining everything under the surface ready to come up out out of the ground:
“Under the ground, deep in the earth among the roots of the trees, the little root children were fast asleep all winter long. They didn’t feel the biting wind, the cold snow, or the stinging hailstorms. They slept peacefully in their warm burrows. They were dreaming wonderful dreams, of the sunshine in which they had played all through the summer.
When at last winter came to an end, and the sun began to melt the snow, Mother Earth came along with her candle to wake them up. “Wake up! As soon as you’re ready, I’ll unlock and open the doors up to the ground…”
‘The Story of The Root Children’, Sibylle von Olfers
The streams that run through our woodland are beginning to trickle again, I still need to remove a lot of the fallen chestnut leaves that came down over the winter, however when the rain falls we have had wonderful torrents in the stream that all lead to next doors lake.
Wild primroses and daffodils are beginning to wake from their sleep and have been shooting up over recent weeks, some have even begun to open up, a shame really if we do get a lot of snow.
Buds are appearing on the trees, tiny buds ready to burst into love cover the chestnut and silver birch and we must not forget the bluebells whose shoots are coming up thick and fast under old leaves that fell in previous months.
The bracken which surrounds us and come summer time encroaches just about everywhere is still golden brown and glistens as if touched by magic with the heavy frosts… the moment I realise spring is just about to arrive is when I notice the first alien like ‘baby bracken’ appear. They forcefully break through the ground, all tightly wound up, soon to unfurl and spread out. I wonder how long it will be until they appear, but I still find it utterly incredible that it is all happening beneath my feet!
Next time you go out for a walk, really think about it all… those ‘Root Children’ slowly waking from their sleep just before ‘Mother Earth’ “unlocks and opens the doors up to the ground”, perhaps I am alone in thinking of this magic every time I walk around this time of year, but it truly is something SO incredible!
With signs of spring every where, it has also been a time for my wardrobe ‘changeover’ from lots of layers and big chunky knits, I have been favouring only a couple of layers and a lighter top layer, and so I introduce a few new pieces from my favourites Thought SS18 collection.
Thought – Ethical Clothing SS18
Thought create clothing that is made to last, clothing that is made from the most wonderful, sustainable fabrics, with really beautiful and inspired patterns and textures.
You can find out more about the inspiration behind Thought SS18 collection over on their blog with a look at ‘Spring Summer 2018: Behind the scenes‘. A fabulous insight into what the team at Thought have been working away on.
For the season ahead, the Thought loungewear collection interprets freshly sprung blooms as abstract artworks, as with previous collections, their loungewear is full of pieces just ideal for wearing at home, or out in your yoga or pilates class. With soft fabrics with inspired designs, you will feel like you are wearing the finest, kindest loungewear.
The spring collection from Thought comes in two parts, representing two contrasting cultures.
“The first, ‘Sashiko’ is inspired by Japan’s rural landscapes, traditions and arts. And the second, ‘Nature’s Poet’ takes from the beauty of the British countryside and the poetry it inspires – particularly that of William Wordsworth.”
The Summer collection from Thought, ‘Distant Shores’:
“…takes from the tropic climates of the coast, and a wealth of life, colour and inspiration that’s found there. Deep sea greens, sand dune pinks and sundown apricot become the shades to evoke idyllic surroundings this summer.”
So as you can probably tell Thought have everything covered for spring and summer. I chose two pieces from the SS18 collection, choosing just two was so hard due to the fabulous range of pieces, however I am a BIG fan of their blouses, I have a few blouses from previous Thought collections and they are actually some of the most worn pieces from my wardrobe.
I chose the Beatrice Organic Cotton Button Up Blouse and like the other blouses I have, is incredibly soft. This simple blouse is available in four contemporary new-season colours and made from organic cotton blouse . In a relaxed fit, this V-neck shirt is made from a light cotton crepe material, perfect for spring, with subtle gathering at the front. I wear it with my trusty jeans, but paired with trousers it would create a smart daytime or evening look.
As mentioned above, I am a big fan of layering up, even in summer I’m often seen in a big wrap on a summer’s evening; when I saw the Haruka Knitted Cardigan in the SS18 Lookbook, I instantly wanted to see more of the detail of the cardigan, although I think I would describe it more as a ‘Coatigan’.
The spring cardigan has beautiful stitch detailing and is a wonderful relaxed fit making this contemporary organic cotton jacket the perfect cover-up for spring and summer. With functional pockets, a wrap front, and the white stitch detailing, this knitted cardigan jacket will bring a modern look to your outfit. Paired with my favourite jeans for a laid-back style, but I can also see myself throwing it on over a plain summer dress.
Thanks to Thought, once again I have some lovely items to wear this spring… now we just need the weather to warm up a bit, so that I can finally put my chunkier winter tops and knits away in the chest until next winter!
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