Spring is blooming

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead.”
-A.A. Miller


What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Spring? Maybe a field overflowing with daisies, a carnival of scents blowing in the air. Or perhaps it conjures a feeling of new beginnings, where we rid ourselves of the lethargy that consumed us during the cold winter months in order to bloom once again. At least that is how Spring makes me feel. These last couple of months have been awfully uninspiring, to say the least, probably because my mind was too busy hibernating beneath huge piles of warm blankets while the world was being leeched of it’s colours outside. So the change in weather is truly a blessing!

The sound of the world rising up from it’s slumber always inspires me to look around me and allow my mind to open up to new ideas. It may be the sound of a distant lawnmower, the hum of bumblebees looting from the flowers on the windowsill, or the nickering of horses as they cavort in blooming green fields. The world feels lush and bountiful again, full of new possibilities.

What better way to prepare for this new season than with a new playlist! Golden Spell is all about nature’s awakening…or the sound of my soul waking up from it’s interminable slumber. I hope you enjoy it! [Spotify]

  1. Mylo Xyloto- Coldplay
  2. Hurts Like Heaven- Coldplay
  3. Hannah Hunt- Vampire Weekend
  4. New Slang- The Shins
  5. Celeste- Ezra Vine
  6. West Coast- Coconut Records
  7. Fire in the Sky- Palace
  8. Boardwalks- Little May
  9. Virignia May- Gregory Alan Isakov
  10. In the Wind- Lord Huron
  11. Stella- Cereus Bright
  12. Blue Above the Green- Mike Edel
  13. Polaroid- Imagine Dragons
  14. Mountain Song- Little Chief 

This year, I want Spring to be all about new discoveries and adventures. In a few days’ time I will be on my way to London, where I will spend a whole week roaming museums, coffeeshops, bookstores and lazing around in the parks. I have been anticipating this trip for months, and while I made a vague list of all the places that I want to visit, not having a definite plan makes me free to roam, wander, and stumble upon places that I never would have gone to with my pre-planned agenda. However, I am open to any recommendations! My boyfriend and I also started this month with a day trip in Gozo, which is an island that makes up the Maltese archipelago. It’s about a 35km car ride to the ferry terminal and a half hour trip with the ferry [that’s the benefit of living on a small island…nothing is too far away!]. While I love travelling abroad, sometimes you need to look around you and realise that your own home country has so much to offer, and there are a multitude of places that you’ve yet to discover.

I obviously cannot fail from mentioning my Spring TBR! This season I thought I might be a bit overambitious and attempt to read the biggest book on my shelves: The Count of Monte Cristo, which amounts to 1243 pages. I love the movie starring Jim Caviezel and so many people have been recommending me the book so I’m finally giving it a try! Here are some other books that I’m also looking forward to read this Spring:

The Hazel Wood– Melissa Albert

Flux– Orion Carloto

A Sting in the Tale– Dave Goulson

The Dream Thieves (#2)- Maggie Stiefvater

The Essex Serpent– Sarah Perry

Burial Rites– Hannah Kent

The Last Unicorn- Peter S. Beagle

A Darker Shade of Magic– VE Schwab [reread]

Crooked Kingdom– Leigh Bardugo [reread]

I’m also really looking forward to read some more magazines this season, specifically Country Living Modern Rustic magazine, Another Escape and In Clover magazine. All of these magazines have amazing content, including gorgeous photography! If you’re on the hunt for some new magazines, I would highly recommend checking out The Future Kept for a vast choice of beautifully designed journals that are hard to find elsewhere.


What are you looking forward to most this season? Do you have anything planned for Spring?


Sunshine in the Meadow || A Spring Playlist

Sunshine in the Meadow || A Spring Playlist

This playlist is a combination of all the things that remind me of Spring. It makes me want to go on long drives with the windows down, run aimlessly amongst the trees, eat ice-cream for breakfast and have picnics every other day. I hope you enjoy it! x

Blood – The Middle East

Willow Tree March– The Paper Kites

Up&Up– Coldplay

Once There  Was a Hushpuppy– Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin

Ragged Wood– Fleet Foxes

Return to Innocence– Enigma

Young Blood– The Naked and Famous

Hannah Hunt– Vampire Weekend

Hide & Seek– Amber Run

Another Story– The Head and the Heart

Love Like Ghosts– Lord Huron

The Child in Us– Enigma

Second Chances– Gregory Alan Isakov

Chinatown– Wild Nothing


Spring TBR

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

It is now officially Spring. The fields are parsley-green. A host of daisies scatter the meadows. The air is rich with the smell of flowers and mown-grass. After it’s slumber, the world feels young, lush and beautiful again. The sky is blue and bright, a salve to anyone who remembers to look up and admire it.

Now that we have set the clocks an hour forward I can finally say that Spring has truly embraced us again. I honestly love Spring and the feeling of new beginnings that it brings with it. Also, the longer days mean more time to enjoy the sun and more light to take pictures…and read!! As always I have made another seasonal TBR. I probably won’t even read half of them but let’s just pretend that I always follow my to-read lists!

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. [Goodreads]

The Muse by Jessie Burton 


A picture hides a thousand words . . .

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . .[Goodreads]


A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab (Shades of Magic #3)

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay. [Goodreads]


Purple Hibiscus by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

s-l300Fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home.

When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father’s authority. The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. [Goodreads]

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

77493_originalWhen nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. [Goodreads]

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

71q5Z5QVQrLThe most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh’s novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before the Second World War. It tells the story of Charles Ryder’s infatuation with the Marchmains and the rapidly-disappearing world of privilege they inhabit. Enchanted first by Sebastian at Oxford, then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognize only his spiritual and social distance from them. [Goodreads]