All this makes me want to be outside more, which in turn lifts my mood. So this week I'm looking at how our groups support people to get out and enjoy our marvellous outdoors.
I'm lucky in that I have a dog who makes sure I get my hit of "outdoors" twice a day, whatever the weather, but anyone can just put on their shoes and coat and get out for a walk. If you want to be more adventurous and either go further or meet like minded people there are all sorts of walking groups. Some groups offer gentle or specialised walks and some, like the Burton Ramblers, offer a series of more challenging walks.
Perhaps you'd prefer to cycle? We know the roads are busy but Sustrans has put together a series of cycle routes as part of the National Cycle Network. Take a look and see if one appeals to you.
And finally don't forget to look around and enjoy our lovely outdoors. We are approaching daffodil season and nothing cheers me up more than seeing a host of golden daffodils. The Daffodil Society has links to sites where native daffodils can be seen. If you're keen to have your own for next year, they provide links to bulb suppliers so you can plant some in your garden.
I've cheated slightly and bought some cut ones from my local supermarket, aren't they lovely?