Friday, February 17, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things: Snowdrops and Springtime

Hello again. It's Friday and I'm casting around in my mind for some small things to celebrate, a la Friday Blog Hop, which is kindly maintained by Lexa Cain and her assistants. Click the link on the right of this page and you will be redirected to Lexa's blog and a list of participants in the blog hop.

It has felt like a very long dreary winter this year but the first snowdrops have opened and other Spring bulbs are pushing up in my flower borders, so Spring is just around the corner and we will soon be experiencing some warmer weather and some sunshine.

The lack of sun is a good introduction to my next topic - Vitamin D. As we all know, vitamin D is manufactured in the body by the action of sunlight on the skin and is important for our bones. The UK government recommends that people in this cold Northern climate should take a supplement during the winter months. It's particularly important for the elderly and young children. But this week has brought news of a further benefit of supplementation -  NHS backed research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that vitamin D supplementation can help to ward off flu and other upper respiratory tract infections. It is estimated that in the UK 3.5 million upper respiratory tract infections could be avoided each year. This is important news, not only for the elderly, who are particularly at risk of needing hospital care but also for the NHS, which is bursting at the seams. There have now been suggestions that the government should require bread manufacturers to add vitamin D to bread. Read more about the findings of the research here.

I will be having a quiet weekend at home and am looking forward to snuggling down in front of the tv - The Voice, Taboo, and The Young Montalbano are all on my viewing list for Saturday evening. Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

By for now xx


  1. Lovely that SOMEONE's getting some springtime. I'm in upper Michigan, USA and though we do have warmer temps today, it's mostly just melting the snow so it can turn into ice at night. Which means I have to haul more water for the chickens and sheep to drink since their snow has a thick ice-crust.


  2. That sounds kinda smart about the bread. I don't take supplements and hate the sun - gives me headaches - but this winter's been mild so I'm out more and hopefully getting vitamin D. Have a great weekend!

  3. My calcium tabs have vitamin D in them, but I always forget to take them.

    Our spring flowers are starting to pop up. I suppose that marks the coming end of a very mild winter.

    1. Yes, remembering to take pills is an issue for me too. I take two prescription meds to lower my blood pressure and a statin to protect my heart, so it's important to remember. I now have a box on my bedside table containing everything - including a mult-vitamin tab and an Omega oil supplement.

  4. Soaking up that Vitamin D is important. I should get out in a few minutes and catch some more. Have a nice weekend!

  5. Thank you for this update. Sprig it just around the corner. Eat th0se vegetables (for vitamin D}

  6. Here in Toronto, snow is out for the weekend. But, it might snow tomorrow. Happy to have couple of sunny days.