“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter …
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here”
. . . . . . . . . Sun is Shining. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . .Weather is sweet. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . Makes ya wanna move. . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . Ya dancin’ feet . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The COUNTDOWN TO SUMMER has already begun, but recently us Brits have been having a test run. With average temperatures reaching 23C in some places this past week, we have been livin’it up and basquing in the sunshine before the clouds rain and SNOW arrive next week. With this in mind, and friends down this weekend it got me to thinking about all the things I love about summertime. Now I’m a self confessed Fall/Autumn Bird!! I love big chunky knits, scarves, hats, jumpers, big thick jeans and my Ugg boots. I’m not a massive fan of sun dresses and an awful lack of wooly tights!!
Although my moaning suggests I hate every single thing about the summer, there is an awful lot that I actually love about the summer months that I’m going to share with all of you today!…
Oh my b-jeseee-juu-juuu-juicee!!..I LOVE WATERMELON, but I can only eat in in summer, fresh chopped up it’s refreshing as icy cool air and packs serious punches in smoothies and sorbets!! Classic contender for fruit salads and cocktail fish bowls all summer long, crack one of these out at a BBQ and no one will be complaining.
♥ NO SHOES ♥
Yes you heard me correct, I’m a no shoes girlie!! Some people find it weird, me? I love it!! No socks, crack out the old pedicure set, get buffing and polishing and get them little piggies out for all to see. There is nothing better than wiggling your naked little toes in fresh mown grass, clean dusty sand or the cold water of the pond!
I love pools in the summer, going swimming in the winter always feels useless to me, you get in cold, you get out freezing, and wet, now you go out to your car and your frozen, icy, and still cold. In the summer you get out the pool on holiday and the warm sun dries your skin gently, as your arm gets some much needed exercise lifting that 4th Mojito up and down and up and down, it’s the perfect exercise routine during those short lived summer moments.
♥ ♥ ♥ SUMMER ROMANCES ♥ ♥ ♥
Aren’t they just the best? The rush of sneaking around, being cheeky, finding that magical someone on holiday who totally gets you and then the inevitable tragedy of returning to grey and stormy Britain and sitting by your window rembering how he sang that last song to you at Karaoke and the whole crowd at Butlin’s totally loved it! He’s not your ‘usual’ type, but Ibiza helped you find him. You wouldn’t normally ‘date’ a guy called Bertie, but the Gran Canaries allowed you to see past a name. And you would NEVER sleep with a guy on a first date, but in Zante, every bar is a different date rightt???? well then we’ve been on 7!
Summer romance is the best, totally guilt free possibly teenage soul destroyingly beautiful romance!!
Oh my crystal balls, I love garden parties…paper plates, paper lanterns, paper cups, paper streamers, paper napkins Maybe it’s just the paper I like?? No, seriously, the atmosphere of a garden party, especially a British Garden Party is second to none!! Crack out the cider, get the sausage rolls sorted and bang on some Bob Marley, and summer has arrived!! Making sure there is sufficient cover from baking sun and nasty clouds and popping up fairy lights to lighten the dark when the sun comes down but the party continues!! Eating Al Fresco, and having water fights in the summer sun! Marvellous!
NOW, NEXT UP IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SUMMER PLACES!
♥ BRIGHTON ♥
Brighton is one of those places that excites me as soon as I see the first sign for Lewes from Tunbridge Wells. When me and Wonder Woman, are racing down the motorway knowing when we get there, the arcades are calling, the doughnuts are frying, the chips are being chipper and the lanes are calling us in with their lilting magic. Brighton is the perfect summer place to be, especially in the lanes. You feel like your in a different world when your shopping down there, with a smoothie in one hand and a bespoke cookie in the other you can be there for hours, then skipping down onto the sunsetted beach watching the old wreck drift off to sleep as the new pier comes alive with swirling rides and flashing lights, oh to be a Brighton Dweller…
Being a Kentish girl, nothing excites me more than when the Pick Your Own signs start to pop up around the county. The workers start to set up little stalls in the local laybys selling the freshest strawberries, raspberries and cherries that money can buy. All the fruit that’s not ‘perfect’ enough for Tescos and the like, come straight into our homes down here in Kent and we are lucky lucky lucky!! Kentish Strawberries, need no sugar, no cream NOTHING, just a bag filled to the brim and my own hand for picking them up and I’m in heaven!
This is a magical time of day. You don’t know about it? Really? Well let me tell you all about it. Pimms’o’clock is a magical time of day where it becomes totally acceptable to start drinking large pitchers of this fabulously summery aperitif! If you’ve never had pimms you gotts try it especially in the summer. Top a large amounth up with lemonade and ramm it full of cucumber, mint, strawberries and oranges tonnes of ice and enjoy!! The simplest, easiest way to get nicely merry on a summer’s eve!
~♥~ HOT AIR BALLOONS ~♥~
When I was a child, my Grampy and my Mum used to take me to a Balloon festival every other year or so. It used to amaze me the different shapes, sizes, being able to see them so close fireing up the fires and filling the vast canopies with hot thick air, the basket gently lifting off the flattened grass and the excited passengers leaping inside. When I see a Hot Air Balloon, I instantly drift of to being in the back of my Grampy’s car, driving somewhere and spotting one out the window in a dusky light driving back from my Great-Grandparents house. I would see the balloon and tell my Gramps who would tell me to follow it till it flies over the bump…[the bump being the horizon]….they were always so fun to watch and track across the skies, a lovely summery memory!!
I love this about Summer. Now my Mumma dresses like a hippy all year round, me, I have to restrict it to the summertime, when the boho shades and long beach dusted hairstyles come back in. The giant canvas bags, the calming pastels set against the bright whites and mellow taupes. SUMMER comes alive in fashion and it’s the one time of year I find myself really having to FIND things to wear, but I love it, I buy a few key pieces and just mix’em’up Gok Wan stylee!!
♥ WOMAD ♥
The Womad festival is in this country for a mere 5 days at the end of July and everytime I’m getting ready to go, come rain or shine I know summer has well and truly begun! This is the Siam Tent at Womad, it is beyond describing, nothing like eating hot churros in here!!
Ain’t nothing summery without a BBQ! I love to be inventive with my BBQs though, I love doing my chicken wings and burgers and hotdogs etc, but I love going to town and doing seafood skewers, lamb koftas, ribs, corn on the cob, baked potatoes stuffed with cream cheese and chives, my world famous potato salad, and my legendary Guacamole courtesy of my awesome cousin in Minneapolis!
Remember, BBQ’s ain’t nothing without BEER!
Is there anything better. Than, jumping out of bed and packing a bag, stuffing it full of random mismatched clothes, grabbing a bottle of pop from the shop and leaping into a friend’s car and going for a drive? To the beach, to the park, to the lakes, to the forest, to…anywhere really!!
♥ FREEZE-POPS AND ICE-CREAM ♥
When it’s really hot, like so hot that you forget about wearing make up, you pull all your hair on top of your head so nothing touches your skin, you wear the lightest cotton clothes and the thinnest sandals and its just super hot. Can you remember what it’s like, to open that freezer unit chocca-block full of ice cream and freezepops and ice lollies….It’s heaven! I think my favourites HAD to be mini-milks! never chocolate always vanilla or strawberry! When I remember them, they were the perfect combo of creamy ice cream and a freeze pop, they were 15p back in the day and totally AWESOME!
There’s a certain smell at this time of day in the summer. It’s almost hazy, like plants and sea air and forests all mixed into one. Like the random smell when a ladybird lands on your cheek, sorta mixed with the smell of hot rain on the tarmac, and a lingering of firewood. Shady places under trees and next to walls are always interesting, little lines of ants making their way to the picnics, flowers growing in the cracks of walls and tiny birds taking a restful nap in the trees.
AWESOME FASHION!! LOVE THEM!! Theres alot of aspects of summer that you kind of want to hide from teh rest of the world. Big baggy eyes where you partied really hard at the weekend, sunburnt cheeks from the beach trip with the girls, peeling forehead where you caught the sun a bit too much, last night’s makeup up after a cheeky little flingo!!
My mum and I have a slight obsession with Iced Tea. 1. It has to be LIPTON! 2. Mango sucks, Peach is okay, Lemon is the best. 3. It must be served in a stemmed glass almost like a very large brandy glass, with lots of Ice, a Straw and by a delightful belgian waiter at Café De La Paix in Poperinge Belgium. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and this combination quite simply will never be broke!! Oh, and a stay at Talbot House is always best.
♥ MEADOWS, GARDENS AND OTHER GREEN STUFF ♥
I’m not much of a countryside person, for someone who essentially lives in the countryside. I’m not a fan of bugs, I don’t like walking through fields and I hate the idea of being chased by a fox or other wildlife. When summer hits town, I love going out with my brother for long walks around the raspberry fields and through the woods, it’s always a laugh and when we go with Wonder Woman and Ruby the dog it’s so funny watching her want to sprint off whilst we are all lagging behind!
AND LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST..
The best thing about summer?? The ultimate most awesome thing about a few random weeks of patchy sunshine, searing heat then freezing rain?? What I hear you scream is the best thing about an english summer??? It’s the people! It’s being on the beach flying kites, it’s yelling at the outside tv’s that aren’t loud enough over the roar of the fans drinking outside whilst the pub stays silent, it’s clubbing with your mates and coming home to daylight at 5am, It’s helping your step-gran out at the local church fete, making cakes and treats to be served with tea, it’s the refreshing taste of orange squash after hating it all winter and enjoying it in massive jugs after a mammoth water fight….Summer, sun, long days, and longer weeks make for an amazing summer, and it’s the people that make it, nothing else matter’s really.
Hope you enjoyed this,
Happy blogging, Cheers for Reading,