To be honest, I’m not sure I have a favourite time of year. It’s really dependent on my mood and the weather at the time. Autumn is full of beautiful colours, leaves turning and nights drawing in. Winter is great for crisp walks in the woods and cosy evenings in reading books by the fire (or anywhere that takes your fancy) and Spring with emerging flowers, snowdrops, tulips and bluebells with the days getting longer and anything seems possible.
Summer always feels special because it’s the time of year when (as long as the rain holds off) you can spend the most time enjoying the sunshine and staying out until past 9pm whilst it remains light enough to find your way back from the pub without a torch. Here are a few things that we love about summer and will be spending the next month doing as long as the rain holds off…
I love eating outdoors and picnic food is probably one of my favourite cuisines (well for summer at least!). Home-made salads, coleslaw, nibbles, crisps and bottles of cold brew tea all enjoyed whilst sitting on a scratchy blanket in a field whilst suffering from hay fever. THAT’s summer. We’re lucky that there are plenty of green spaces around us, but the fact that you can picnic whether you live in a city (lots of city parks and London has amazing City Gardens to explore) or the countryside. We’ve even been known to have a car picnic when the weather is not playing along…
I really hate indoor swimming pools I’m not sure where this came from but I was unbelievably spoilt as a child as my grandparents house backed onto the beach in Kent so all my summers were spent swimming in the sea and there is nothing more that I love then spending days on the beach, reading and then swimming. I’ll dabble in outdoor pools if I have to but lakes, rivers and the sea are where it’s at. I don’t even care how cold the water is – just let me jump in!
Summer is the month of festivals and camping in fields with friends, listening to the music we love and getting far too little sleep. I love the festival atmosphere even though whenever we go it always seems to pour. Everyone has fun, you discover tonnes of amazing new bands to follow, you may even get to meet said bands. I’m not really a big festival fan, preferring smaller boutique festivals and will be enjoying rocking out at Arctangent in August this year.
Drinking in pub gardens
We’re lucky to be surrounded by lots of village and country pubs with huge gardens and there is just something really lovely about spending all evening outside drinking a pint or two with good friends. Everyone is far more relaxed and you can bring the whole family (meaning four legged friends) and a nice cool cider always tastes better after you’ve walked through woods and fields to get there.
Following on from all that, long walks (especially if they include a pub stop!) are always wonderful in the summer. You can bring a picnic, find a river for a paddle and circular walks that start and end at the pub are just divine. There is so much countryside to explore, especially with the South Downs National Park on our doorstep.
What are you spending your summer doing?