Friday, 4 March 2016

Top 15 Springtime Dates

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’” - Robin Williams

Indeed it is. In case you missed the memo or didn’t realize you lost an hour of sleep a couple weeks, spring is nearly here.  

1. Be His Honey Bee - If you both love the outdoors (and neither of you are allergic to bees), drive out to the country for a day at a Elsham Hall. I don't really know any Bee Farm around here but if you do, comment below. I would love to know where one is. I went to one in America and it was very interesting. Touring a bee farm is different from typical farm tours and you can learn all about the science behind beekeeping. After the tour, you can shop the farm store for sweet, syrupy honey (farmed straight from the honeycombs you just toured) to cook with later. Mmmm.

2. Watch a movie - Not many places actually do drive-in theatres but I found out a couple of years ago, Tattersall castle have a couple of nights in the summer. Thank goodness, this style of movie watching didn’t die with Grease. Park your car, lean your seat back and enjoy a movie with your sweetheart (popcorn fight and all).

3. Exercise - If you’ve been cooped up inside all winter, enjoy some fresh spring air by planning a bike ride (if you live near a beach, try renting a bike for two) or going hiking together at a local park (pack up a picnic in a backpack and enjoy the fruits of your labor at the top). Spring is also a great time for bird watching with many flocks.

4. Have a breakfast picnic - So romantic! I’d never even thought about this but it makes so much sense. Hardly anyone is out early at the local parks and you’ll enjoy the lovely light of morning as you sip your steamy lattes, munch on some fruit, take a stroll or just sit around and smooch. 

5. Got a pickup truck? - Make some good use out of it! Load it up with tons of hay (if you have some available), sleeping bags, some snacks and a bottle of wine or beers. Lay down the tailgate and just enjoy looking up at the stars and talking. And if there is a spring concert series nearby, why not pull your truck right up to that?

6. Enjoy nature’s real confetti - Sit beneath a full bloom trees and enjoy simply being. If you find an are cherry blossom trees, you are in look. Yes, we have plenty of those. Our's are starting to blossom, in early March. 

7. Visit to the Gardens - Spring is the perfect time to stop by your local botanical gardens or any gardens or parks that are open to the public to observe and appreciate the flowers and plants that are coming back to life after the winter. Be sure to actually smell the roses together and hold hands while you walk or stroll. Take in the scene and take pictures to boot. After all, nature makes for a beautiful backdrop.

8. Build a Campfire in Your Backyard - When are a farmer, you can have a campfire wherever we have plenty at work nearly every day. Don’t worry, the grass will grow back!  But even more likely, you won’t want it to. Once you’re done, grab a couple chocolate bars, some graham crackers and marshmallows and celebrate all your hard work with freshly made S’mores.  

9. Pick a book of the season - How often do you and your spouse read a book together? Do you like fiction?  Does he like nonfiction? Does he like sci-fi while you like romance? What about finding a book you both will love? Our household every Friday (If you are a farmer you will know, Farmers Weekly new issue comes out) I'm always one that goes, grabs and a few snacks from the store. Sit in the lounge and enjoy. Makes a good bedtime read too. But we all fight over it, reading it first. 

10. Get Dirty - Cleaning your house doesn’t exactly sound sexy, but hear us out. In the middle of scrubbing down walls, dusting cobwebs out of corners, and moving furniture, there’s a lot of silence in which to bring up unspoken issues between you two. You can also share intimate details about each other you might not have otherwise organically brought up and goals for the relationship. Doesn’t every relationship need some spring cleaning of its own too? Think of the ways you can reward each other for an afternoon’s hard work: “If we can clean up now, we can get a little dirty later.” 

11. Kick back in your own homemade hammock - This is mainly for the summer time but seriously, what’s more relaxing than laying next to your favorite person in the world as the net beneath you keeps you closer than close? Do you have a porch or trees close enough to hang a hammock? If so, spend a couple hours making one together, then grab some freshly brewed tea, or freshly squeezed lemonade. 

12. In with the new - Pick an activity that’s new to both of you, and spend the season working on it together. Take rock-climbing classes, train for a half-marathon together, or sign up for a dance class. You’ll bond over being beginners and push each other to get better. Plus, a recent study even showers that adding an element of surprise into a relationship can trigger the same emotional state you were both in when you first met, getting back all those lovey-dovey feelings.

13. Easter egg hunt comes early – or late. Set up the picnic ahead of time and have eggs hidden all over the backyard (park or any other place with plenty of trees). But these aren’t just any kind of eggs, they’re love note eggs. As your boyfriend/husband finds they hidden eggs, they will open them to a sweet surprise: Your love, appreciate and acknowledgment that he’s the best.   

14. Let Your Hearts Be All A-Flutter - He gives you butterflies in your stomach and you’d like to show just how he makes you feel without being too cheesy so why not visit a butterfly conservatory? These sanctuaries are indoor living environments specially designed for butterflies to flourish. Just imagine strolling hand-in-hand along meandering paths in the greenhouse, admiring the beds of lush greenery and blossoms, with hundreds of colorful butterflies fluttering freely in the air around you. It’s the perfect picture of springtime romance.

15. Serenity by the water - No matter where you live, there’s a body of water somewhere: ocean, marina, lake, stream find it. Enjoy it. Create your very own still point in a turning world. Lake with fish nearby? Grab some fishing wire and a hook (or if you have no idea what you’re doing, like me, just buy a fishing pole). Some of the best fish come out at spring so just drop a line, he’ll skin, you cook and you’ve just wrapped up a perfect spring day.

QUESTION: What’s your favorite springtime date ideas? 
(Add them in the comments below and let’s make sure we keep love in the air all spring long.)

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