March in Denmark always feels like the month of hope. After the long, dark winter months suddenly the days are getting longer. No longer are we travelling to school in the mornings in the pitch dark or coming home again as it is getting dark. It creeps up on you. We were walking to school last week and my son suddenly said, “have you noticed something? Its light!” and he said the same in the afternoon as we came home. It does take you by surprise as your mind thinks it is still much earlier than it is and we’ve had a few meals later than usual due to my blasé attitude of using daylight as my guide (somewhat like a farmer).As I was travelling across the country to Århus last week, I noticed there was a warm glow from the sunlight bouncing off houses and trees and it made me feel hopeful and looking forward to the spring and summer, despite the fact it is still cold and wet. The erantis and snowdrops are out and crocus are not far behind.
It’s funny that March in my mind is always intertwined with the memory of moving to Copenhagen that first time almost 9 years ago. That year Spring came early and by the start of April it was here. That time for me was a hopeful and exciting one and it is apt that it was also the change of season. This March we are moving to our new home, just minutes from the beach and I am looking forward to Spring and Summer afternoons spent there and the chance to see the sunrise over Amager Strand or Kalvebod without having to get up an hour before to get ready and across town. The thought of sneaking out at 3am to see the sun rise over the sea towards Sweden fills me with such joy.For those readers who have moved here over the winter months, now is the time to witness Copenhagen waking up and coming into bloom. And I can’t wait!
Tivoli has been open for about a week now and I do think that Spring there is one of my favourite times. The spring flowers are beautiful and this year they have my favourite type of daffodil in abundance around the park. The main entrance is a little marred by the building site for the new food and shop complex aimed for completion in a few years but they have added a slightly bizarre giraffe and mirror installation to distract visitors. Although the smell of hyacinths makes me slightly nauseous, this display is fabulous. At the moment it is fairly quiet in the park on weekdays with few crowds and short queues for the rides. Definitely worth visit at the moment.
I was delighted and perhaps a little surprised by the honesty of one unknown visitor there this Monday. Whilst we were fiddling about with our ride wrist bands I lost my CPR card and a 100dkk note, which I only noticed the next morning. I popped into the information office the next day to find that both had been handed in – I had expected the CPR card to be but not the money so that was a nice surprise and saved me 290dkk and put a smile on my face!
Today marks eight weeks since I had surgery to put my arm back together after my cycling accident. I had thought about writing an uplifting post about all the positive lessons I learnt from the experience – there are many but equally there have been some very low points over the last two months. However instead of a moment of introspection, I looked outside at the bright blue sky, grabbed my camera and headed out into the sunshine.
Like many people who live in cities, I often find myself travelling past some of the most beautiful and historic buildings, always with the thought in my mind that I should stop and look but maybe next time. Well, next time came yesterday. After seven years I went into MarmorKirken. It may not be St Paul’s but it is still pretty breathtaking.
I then gazed up at the golden domes of Alexander Nevsky Church, the Russian orthodox church, a few metres away (I couldn’t see a way in for visitors).
I then meandered around Amalienborg, marvelled at how young the guards are and then sat in the warm spring sunshine looking over the sparkling harbour, my face turned towards the sun like a flower and I felt thankful, hopeful and above all looking forward to the rest of the year.
I had a little window shop in the city this week and noticed that there was a distinct nautical feel to Spring fashions. I like to have a bit of a capsule wardrobe with items that are easy to mix and match, with simple lines and the odd bit of fun thrown in. I will admit there is a lot of grey in my current wardrobe but I think this injection of ship-shape navy blue could be an interesting addition for Spring without going wild with colour.
Dress, Sweater, trousers, blouse, necklace, nail colour, trousers