It’s spring!

Spoiler alert — this has very little yoga in it. If that’s what you were wanting, please come back another day!

Sign at the lock keeper's house along the river

Sign at the lock keeper’s house along the river

Today felt like the first day of spring to me! It helped that I had taken the day off work.

My virgin mojito in company with Hubby's more serious dry martini

My virgin mojito in company with Hubby’s more serious dry martini

To be honest I thought I might feel a little the worse for wear after birthday celebrations, given how lightweight I have become with alcohol. But actually I was fresh as paint today and full of the joys of spring. Partly the beautiful weather, and partly because I actually had a ‘dry’ birthday celebration last night, since I’m taking some serious antibiotics for a tooth problem. So mocktails it was! I discovered the delights of a ‘nojito’ (a virgin mojito). Surprisingly good, though not a patch on the champagne cocktails and cosmopolitans of my imagination. Another lesson in letting go of expectations perhaps! But proof to me that I can still have a great night without alcohol. And having such a sore tooth means I have to eat really carefully, so I guess I’m having mindful eating (a practice I usually try to avoid) thrust upon me!

photo 4Because of the spring weather I spent most of the day outside. Hubby and I did a beautiful walk along the nearby river, stopping for coffee at a pub on the way back. I suppose we walked about 7 miles — a pretty good distance for me. There were so many signs of spring: goslings, lambs, skylarks singing, blossoms on the trees, wildflowers, as well as blue sky and sunshine!

At home I did my first outdoor practice of the year in the garden. And if class is feeling like a challenge to my concentration at the moment, that’s nothing compared to an outdoor practice! I kept it extra simple since I was lacking focus and I wasn’t as warm as I’d have liked. Nice though! Even with the weeding and pigeon scaring going on around me. A few critical/helpful comments (“did you know your back foot isn’t at 90 degrees?”) and a summary that my practice was “tentative but graceful”. And most importantly a conclusion that my bum didn’t look big — my current concern after some dramas with my beautiful new dress last night! At least it means my right hamstring isn’t the only anatomy to cause me concern!!

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