For me February can feel like a long, dull month. The weather is cold and grey, the excitement of Christmas has long gone, and new year resolutions start to lose their novelty. It is such a relief when the spring bulbs begin to peep through the ground and the snowdrops start to flower. They seem like a promise of things to come: sunshine, days in the garden and summer holidays….
This month I have been sticking to my resolution to eat more healthily, and maybe even lose some weight. I’ve been attending my jazzercise classes and monitoring my diet and have shed a few pounds. It’s hard to be motivated when you are cold and tired and the biscuit tin is calling but this time I am feeling determined. My 40th birthday is fast approaching and I want to scale the hill with grace.
This year I have joined a lovely initiative called #stylingtheseasons, led by Katy from Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte of Lotts and Lots . They are encouraging people to style a corner of their home to show what the month means to them and to share it on social media. Use the hashtag on instagram, facebook or pinterest to see some beautiful and inspiring pictures.
So my February’s #stylingtheseasons reflects my attempts to stay positive and persevere throughout a gloomy month. I have welcomed Spring into my house with vases of tulips and snowdrops planted in a vintage stoneware jam jar. Recently I bought a lovely little book called ‘The Language of Flowers’ by Margaret Pickston: written in 1913 and reprinted in the 1960s this book is a victorian guide to the meaning of flowers. The idea of passing on messages through flowers is so appealing to me. I looked up snowdrops in my book and wasn’t surprised to see that they stand for ‘hope’ – hopeful is exactly how they make me feel!
I have displayed my flowers on the butchers block in my kitchen where my Nan’s breadboard also lives. I love using kitchen implements passed down from my grandparents because they make me think of them whenever I use them. My Nan knew all about persevering when times were hard. I still think about her stories of wartime and rationing, it certainly puts a bit of cold and gloom into perspective! I’ve added a beautiful old valentines card that I normally display on my noticeboard. It makes me think of the fun days to come in February.
By the way, I also looked up tulips in my book and they stand for ‘declaration of love’ ‘beautiful eyes’ and ‘hopeless love’, so the perfect flowers for passing on a romantic message! Just looking at my display makes me smile. And for anyone else who is struggling with February I hope it makes you smile too!