So it’s May, one of my favourite months of the year when everything comes to life! All I want to do is organise outdoor photoshoots, travel and go out jogging, do picnics, barbecues, eat strawberries and early fruits and vegetables. However it has been rather cold in Devon lately and I’m yearning for some sun and warm nights desperately. Saying that, as I am finishing this post today, and we have a long May bank holiday weekend in England and the we are double lucky as the weather is truly lovely!
“The trees are coming into leaf, Like something almost being said; The recent buds relax and spread, Their greenness is a kind of grief.” – you can hear the wind blowing through them – seem to say: “Begin afresh, afresh, afresh”
There are a lot of benefits of having so much rain in the UK. Rain makes this country a green heaven in places being fantastic for livestock, fantastic for photography and brilliant for people who love walks in nature.
There is just one catch. It always rains! Which means, an average British person has a wardrobe full of Autumn clothing and about 10 different types of wellies. As much as you might like the rain its smell etc it eventually gets to you.
It gets to you when you need want to go for a run without layers of clothes, or walk your dog, ride your bike home whilst getting wet to the bones. It gets to you when you can’t enjoy the pub’s beer garden during summer whilst the rest of Europe is running barefoot. It gets to you when you realise you can’t buy t-shirts because, in reality, you need sweaters, thermals and raincoats. It sucks that you can’t wear a dress unless you go on holiday. It’s not cool that you can only wear a skirt during 5 days of sunshine throughout the year during the elusive British heatwave. It gets to me as I’m drinking Frappuccino in July by the seaside and I’m cold cause it’s not warm enough!
Finally, it gets to you when you paid £100 a night to stay in that remote cottage in the British hills, just so you are forced to remain indoors because it’s chucking it down with rain.
Anyway there are still some interesting events in Plymouth and around this May to be done either outdoors or indoors, such as the Plymouth open air cinema, live music gigs in various pubs and a quite few beaches that are really nice, but the waters are a little cold for me. Fore more visit the Plymouth website here. One day trips to Tavistock market, Exeter or Bath shopping experiences are nice idea also. You might want to take a rail trip to Dawlish by the South West coast.
Interesting facts about month of May
- The name May has been generated from Maia. She happens to be a Greek Goddess, the Goddess of fertility. Apart from the fertility part, she also happens to be the Goddess of Spring and growth. May is a blessed month to begin with, according to the Romans!
- May was once considered to be a bad luck month to get married. There is a poem that says ‘ Marry in May and you’ll rue the day’
- According to old superstitions you are not to buy a broom or wash blankets in May
- People who are born in May are more likely to achieve higher success and more love in their life. Even though it’s mostly a relative fact, yet the May people have more grip over these two than people born in other months. The birthstone for May is Emerald
Cool things to celebrate in May:
May 15th – National Hug Your Cat Day
May 20th – Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Do something for yourself today
May 22: Buy A Musical Instrument Day
May 26: Mother’s Day in Poland
May 31: World No Tobacco Day follows on the heels of National Non-Smoking Week