Spring Musings

I don’t mind winter; I like the frosty cold days and the heavy snowy skies. ‘The rain never bothered me anyway’ is a version of Frozen more suited to the UK climate & one I could fully support!

Afternoon all,

I had written a blog all about pricing, about setting your session rates and what you might need to consider. I’ve had a lot of emails in through the site asking for this kind of advice so thought it would be a helpful piece to have here.

Sadly I’m a contrary so and so and don’t feel like talking finance so that one is shelved for another time.

Instead of that well thought out, helpful, edited & precision piece of writing, what you’ll probably get is more stream of consciousness ramblings; I’m in a thoughtful mood. Best strap in!

Imbolc has just passed and signs of spring are everywhere. My site is awash with snowdrops and the promise of baby sheep & cows (yes, I know they have proper names!) any day now. I don’t mind winter; I like the frosty cold days and the heavy snowy skies. ‘The rain never bothered me anyway’ is a version of Frozen more suited to the UK climate & one I could fully support!

Yet when the days start lengthening and warming a little and the starkness of bare branches give way to buds there is a part of my heart that does remember the positivity of it all, the looking forward, a ‘waking up’.

We watched a BBC doc on a year in the Lake District last night. Aside from being stunningly beautiful it interested me that the ‘year’ ran from April (1st Herdwick lambs being born) to December (Christmas) – presumably the Lake District also observe Jan/Feb/March? It was an honest representation of a zeitgeist – the months reserved for slowing down, looking in, preparing for the year ahead – a pregnancy (literally and metaphorically).

There are changes afoot in our industry too. The FSA has made some much requested adjustments to its membership system allowing those delivering the high quality, ethos centric, principle following Forest School to be recognised. There is a new Chair Person – Lily Horseman, a considered, thoughtful and inspiring practitioner. Lily’s ‘Quality Forest School For All’ mantra seems to be the ‘signs of spring’ we have been looking for as an organisation – although as she is in Cumbria, if the BBC are to be believed she may only be available April-December 😉

February half term marks the beginning of our regular sessions returning. The new Fairy House Trail (installed in the wider Arboretum which our Forest School calls home) has encouraged families back out into the world after their winter hibernation. Lured out by the promise of magic and wonder…and possibly afternoon tea!

New Year is said to be from Jan 1st, but I’m with the Lakes on this one! A new day starts not at 00:01 but from whenever I wake up.  The world has seemed a pretty dark place of late; it would be easy to lose heart in the dark night of the soul we have been facing. But a tree doesn’t fear the losing of its leaves in autumn, the sap will rise, new leaves will close the canopy once again. Good humans doing good things abound and that includes us as Forest Schoolers.

Time to wake up, Spring is coming.

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