I’ve a soft spot for March. It started the year I spent almost an entire month straight swimming in the Danube, playing badminton in my bathing suit and warming up with coffee and cake at Kuchenbar. It was a warm March, resplendent, and the sole reason I have spent successive years falling in love with the thing over, and over, again.
As March goes, this one pretty much lived up to my sky-high expectations. It included but was not limited to: sister coffee dates by the sea; dancing to folk, and jazz, and folk again; wearing my Dirndl to a tube stop themed party; drinking more wine than I am perhaps used to; visiting Borough Market; overdosing on chocolate raisins (Belgian ones, no less!); playing football in the garden on the first dusk of British summertime and baking banana bread with bare feet and the windows open.
My true-blue best friend and I died over the cacti and orange trees sitting pretty in Oxford’s botanic gardens. Bare ankles enjoyed a rip-roaring debut, the blue sky was a marvel to behold and I felt unbelievably thankful for all the blessings in life. Burgeoning, arrogant magnolia trees made my eyes roll back in my head. Cherry blossoms, apple blossoms, maple blossoms – all were present and correct. Perfect, too.
Dancing and giggling became well-worn habits. I enjoyed solitary swims, driving lessons (roundabouts! zebra crossings! hill starts!) and the company of friends, old and new. I counted my blessings and felt unbelievably thankful. Fittingly, the very best moments were the ones I forgot to take pictures of.
(Not pictured: the spike in my general clumsiness, including tripping on the walk to the office and the resultant mauve bruises still blooming on my knees, and being late to work more times than I care to admit. However, we’ll forgive you, March, because both of the above were induced by aforementioned magnolias. You win some, you lose some!)
Did you enjoy March too?
P.S. Apologies for the surplus of photographs!
P.P.S. Thank you for all your lovely comments and book recommendations lately. I have loved reading all of them and have replied to every one!