This new feature is designed to inspire you to look at the world around you, to take note of the season at hand and to capture it – in memory or on film – for posterity. I will be choosing five photos each week for Beekman1802.com with this aim in mind. We’re calling the feature, The Five Most Beautiful Things In The World This Week

 

Springing Forward

I have always preferred the transitional seasons, spring and autumn, to the stasis of winter and summer with their extremes of heat and cold. I appreciate every season, but I think it’s the witness to change that inspires change within myself.

Spring is especially lovely because it is so optimistic: brave little bulbs that have survived a cold and lonely spell in frozen soil suddenly awaken and reveal their beautiful secrets. Bare branches put on their emerald armor and everything begins to move again. We are drawn outdoors by the sunlight and the warmth and we can’t help but feel better.

As hopeful as any New Year’s Eve party we could conjure up, with resolutions and promises we may or may not keep, Spring revels in her renewal and commits to it. She scrubs away the grey and melts the ice. She paints irreplaceable palettes of spectacular colour across the landscape and dares us to indulge in happiness, indoors and out. Put away the bulky sweaters, leave behind the gloves and take heart in the freedom of change.

 

 

 

Photos:

1.  Sweet Paul magazine, Spring 2012 issue

2.  Lily of the Valley

3.  Bright kitchen: Honeyhouses.tumblr.com

4.  Laundry on the line: Julia Stotz

5.  Samantha Robinson’s porcelain watermelon bowls

 

Andrew Ritchie is the creator of Martha Moments, a blog devoted Martha-Stewart related content and her community of supporters. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada, and has been a longtime friend of Brent & Josh, Beekman 1802 and Sharon Springs. Each week he’ll scour the world (wide web) to find the 5 most beautiful things to inspire you. Follow Andrew on Pinterest.

by Andrew

Reader Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Andrew

These comments are so heartwarming for me. Thank you! Terry, I have an essay coming out in volume five of Kinfolk magazine recalling my grandmother's garden. The memory of that place is with me always.

Reply
Terry Burns

What a lovely set of images and sentiments. The laundry on the line transported me. And my lilies of the valley…well. Mine (just setting up now) were from my grandmother's garden (in upstate NY). I brought them to my (NJ) home,l along with peonies, a gooseberry bush and many perennials nearly twenty years ago. I remember her, and my youth, and all that is possible and all that went before, every time I watch the buds, enjoy the flowers, and honor their lovely departure. Thank you so much for brnging that to me today.

Reply
Delia

Hi Andrew,

Love the lillies. Reminds me of a trip to Paris in the spring of 1998; they had little vases of them everywhere in the streets, for the May Day holiday. Also reminds me of my childhood in myneighbor's backyard in Milford, MA. Helen grew them & she let the kids wander around in her gsrden & smell all her beautuful flowers. Thanks for the memories. What a nice way to start my day!

Reply