Right now in England it’s the long summer holidays. And although I find sticky humidity and heat a bit much to deal with, I love the summer. And here’s why.
1. The seaside.
OK, so I love the beach in the winter, but in the summer the North Sea is warm enough to paddle in. (Still cold, but lovely!) And this was Cromer yesterday afternoon.
Eating al fresco is one of the best things about summer over here. Our garden faces north-west, so we get to see some gorgeous sunsets as well.
English strawberries, freshly picked and still slightly warm from the sun. There really is nothing like it. And we don’t need cream or sugar – just pure, luscious strawberriness 🙂
4. Summer flowers
Particularly cornflowers, delphiniums, antirrhinums and stocks. The scent, the colours – just perfect.
5. Ice cream
Again, something that I’m happy with all year round – but I appreciate it even more on a hot day. (This is my cheat recipe – 400g strawberries whizzed in a blender with 500g fat-free Greek yoghurt, then put in the ice cream maker for 30 minutes. Perfect.)
6. Late evenings sitting outside watching the stars.
Preferably with a glass of prosecco, post-barbecue, but a cup of tea will do. And sometimes you get to see lovely things such as the Perseid meteor shower; or (as we did last week) a blue moon.
What are your favourite things about the summer? (Or the winter, if you’re in Australia/NZ right now?)
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