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Quintessentially British Spring: Timeless Traditions for the Season

How to bring the spirit of the English countryside into your life and home this Spring.

As we approach April, Great Britain comes alive with the sights and scents of Spring. It's a time when we cherish age-old traditions and revel in the beauty of the new season in the countryside. Here's my list of things to do and try to embrace a quintessentially British Spring, celebrating simple pleasures and traditions that I've observed in 15 years of living in the UK, making this season truly special.

1. Strolls in Country Estate Gardens

Great Britain boasts an impressive number of country estates and walled gardens that are accessible to the public. Well taken care of by skilled gardeners, they come alive in Spring. Take a leisurely stroll through the gardens of a British country estate near you and immerse yourself in the beauty of Spring blooms. A slow, peaceful walk along the narrow pathways will be a soul-soothing experience and may inspire choices for your own garden.

2. Gardening

Plan your garden and get your hands dirty, embracing the therapeutic joys of gardening. What's your style? Whimsical cottage or an orderly country estate garden?

Plant bulbs, sow seeds, and tend to your garden beds with care. As you nurture new life in the soil, watch as your efforts are rewarded with the beauty of blooming flowers and delicious vegetables throughout Summer and Autumn.

3. Exploring Villages and English Heritage Sites

Visit quaint villages and historic sites, where time seems to stand still. Take a walk along cobblestone streets, admire centuries-old architecture, and soak in the charm of traditional British life. Thatched cottages, historic churches, quaint villages, and majestic country estates offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture that defines Britain.

4. High Tea at a Tea Room

Spring is, in my opinion, the best time to indulge in the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea at a charming tea room or your own home. Treat yourself to delicate sandwiches, freshly baked scones, and an assortment of sweet treats, all served alongside a pot of your favourite tea. Whether you're catching up with friends or treating yourself to a moment of indulgence at the comfort of your home, afternoon tea is a delightful way to romanticise your life and celebrate the season.

5. Bring Spring Decor to Your Home

Capture the spirit of the English countryside in your own home by incorporating Spring decor inspired by natural world. Adorn your living space with accents featuring beloved animals often found in British landscapes, such as sheep, ducks, chickens, and of course, pheasants. Consider adding decorative pillows with charming patterns, framed vintage artwork, and cosy hand-made candles to evoke the rustic charm of the countryside. By adding these rustic touches to your home, you can create a warm and inviting atmosphere that celebrates the beauty of Spring and the timeless beauty of British country living.

Here, in our Somerset studio, the scents and atmosphere of the English countryside are our biggest inspiration. Discover our Spring & Summer natural wax candle collection that encapsulates the spirit of British country living.

6. Cosy Evenings at Home

No one knows how to get cosy like the Brits. Spring evenings can still be chilly, so snuggle up at home like a hobbit in a hobbit hole:) Light YR studio candles, brew a pot of tea, and cosy up with a blanket and a good book. Whether you're enjoying quiet solitude or spending time with loved ones, there's no better way to end the day than with a sense of contentment and peace.

In essence, a quintessentially British spring is a time to reconnect with nature, embrace cherished traditions, and find joy in the simple pleasures of life. Whether you're strolling through gardens, exploring villages, or enjoying a cozy evening at home, let the essence of the season fill your heart with warmth and joy.

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