Conversations over Coffee

Conversations with Spring

There is one particular day of the year that I always buy myself flowers. Even if it is only a four dollar bunch of jonquils, I will always buy myself flowers on the first day of spring.

Spring is seeing the orchids in my garden bud and then bloom. Seeing the leaves return to the trees. Watching the kites fly in the local park. Spring is seeing the earth come back to life, from its winter sleep.


Spring is hearing the great winds that tear through Melbourne on those late October days. It is the chatter of birds outside my window. Hearing the children in our street play outside after school. Spring is hearing the rain fall on our roof after a hot November day.


Spring is feeling the sun on the back of your neck as you stand outside, breathing in the warmth. It is feeling the softness of new grass underneath your toes. The warm breeze brush against you as you walk through the city on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Spring is feeling like a new chapter has opened again.


Spring tastes like the new fruit that has come into season. It is the delicious new apricots, peaches and watermelon. The after work drinks on a Friday night, perfect as you watch the sun set over the city. Spring tastes like the ice creams down by the beach, from the man in the van, with his music playing.


Spring smells of the roses and their intoxicating perfume. It is the crisp smell of freshly cut grass on a Saturday afternoon. Smelling the barbeque as it cooks, with friends over for the weekend. It is the soft scent of the sheets as they dry outside in the sun. Spring is the breath of the sun and letting it fill your lungs, taking over your senses, one by one.

If my soul were to have a birthday then it would be the first day of spring. For as long as the seasons change, I am always going to believe it is.

Do you buy yourself flowers?

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Thursday September 26, 2013

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  • LydiaCLee

    I do – once a week during jonquil season (bonus is that they’re $4 – they are my favourite flowers!) then just as suddenly as it starts, it stops!

  • Kate

    Beautiful photos… I do love spring. No, I desperately need spring! I love the way you call it the birthday of your soul. So very true for me too. Melbourne is putting on a glorious start to spring… just beautiful, as are your words.

    Enjoy your spring holiday!

  • I bought some flowers at the markets the week of my birthday and they lasted all week and were beautiful. I don’t do it often, but would like to do it more. It’s lovely having beautiful flowers in the house, I think. Beautiful post Josefa. Spring is absolutely my favourite season! xo

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    What a lovely tradition! I’m going to do that this year too! Beautiful words as always, Josefa. You have me excited to open this new chapter. As for your photos … gorgeous.

  • Kathy

    I love the idea of celebrating with flowers and glad you feel so enlivened by spring. First time linking up for me thanks Josefa.

  • Gorgeous photos Josefa. Spring is almost here. The warmth is teasing me and I can’t wait. Might just have to buy myself some flowers!

  • Pip Macdonald

    Do you have a zoom lens camera or have you captured those images on digital? Such beautiful images to accompany your words. Especially love the feeling on the back of your neck – I can feel it now just imagining it. Ahh. The thrill of the scent of summer creeping up – look out! x

  • Beautiful. I love spring too – a soul-birthday, I love that. And buying yourself flowers – what a wonderful way to celebrate the beginning of spring.

  • I don’t think I’ve ever bought myself flowers. Must do something about that! I have started growing my own at least, so that’s a start. 🙂

  • Yes I buy myself flowers. I have got into the habit of always having fresh flowers in the house. They cheer my day. I love orchids, they are my favourite flower.

  • Rach

    I love going to the sydney flower markets at the beginning of spring and filling my house with the gorgeous blossoms xx

  • I haven’t bought myself flowers for such a long time. What a lovely ritual to do on the first day of Spring! I’m definitely doing that this weekend 🙂

  • I am totally buying myself flowers today!

    And fresh linen day is even better when the sheets have been drying on a sunny spring day.


  • I tend to buy myself plants more than flowers. I’m more of a foliage girl anyway (although I’m always a sucker for a freesia or a peony). x

  • Loree

    Spring is far away for us. It has always been my favourite season – a time of rebirth and regrowth. Just got back from the US after 4 weeks vacation and still feeling slightly jet-lagged. Hope you received my postcard.

  • What a glorious tribute to spring! I love how you acknowledge how this magical season relates to each of our senses. How wonderful that soon we will not just be able to see spring, but we will also be able to hear and feel and touch and taste her. I love your photographs too 🙂

  • Rina

    awesome pictures! I love flowers hmm…love the fragrance, the freshness and the beauty 🙂

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