In Spring at the End of the Day You Should Smell Like Dirt – Margaret Atwood
In a calm, sunny, Sunday afternoon kinda way, life feels quite nice right now. There’s a seasonally appropriate spring cleaning going on, a whole summer ahead to look forward to and I’ve had a few magical days this month, with those soul-connecting friends who just restore your faith in everything. Whilst there’s a whole host of things niggling in the back of my mind, right now I am quietly contented. Life feels a little like a perpetual golden hour; silent and still and full of midges that glow in the slow setting sun. Although it’s messy and mixed up, right now I am pretty at peace with the picturesque and imperfect thing that is my life.
It’s April after all. Days have been getting milder and evenings have been getting lighter. And I’ve found myself going and about without a coat or care. It’s that time of year when gorse is blooming on the coast paths and primroses are appearing in hedgerows and it’s now difficult to go out on walks without Matt stopping to eat garlic flowers or I stopping to taking snaps. The little pony down my lane is now allowed outdoors to play again and I’ve broken into some of the more summery items in my wardrobe. Que Ted & Muffy Cobweb sandals.
As someone with slightly more slender feet and ankles I am always on the look-out for brands that cater for specific foot shapes and sizes. And fairytale fitters Ted & Muffy, do just that. These lace-up gladiator sandals from their Spring collection (in a size 6 narrow) are ideal. Snug and stylish and easily worn to any occasion, with almost any outfit, I can see these flats adorning my feet for months to come.
Admittedly whilst I may have been heading out the house in these sandals, I’ve also been taking them off and going barefoot whenever I can. In summer I like to let my feet breathe. Maybe that’s a tad weird, but I like to think we can all identify with that suffocating feeling of sleeping in socks? Well this is just like an extension of that.
During my time at university I read a lot about the health benefits of spending time in the natural world and being near green spaces. And I’ve heard it mentioned many times that earthing (walking on soil, grass, sand or any natural surface) is valuable to our well-being. It’s thought that just 10 minutes of earthing a day can help lower our stress and blood pressure, it can help us sleep better at night and boost our immunity. It can improve our balance and flexibility. And reduce our risk of getting diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Whilst I wonder if these results are partly due to the fact earthing is simply exercise in the natural world, it’s still interesting research and if anything great news overall. But honestly, I’d do it without the incentive. Regardless of what’s going on inside me – feeling the earth between my toes, encountering the world through my soles, gaining a new understanding of my environment through a more grounded perspective – that’s really incentive enough.