I feel like I’ve been cheated of Summer this year. The weather has been all over the place for one thing, frequently giving us what seems like four seasons in a day, and even when it does stick to one, it seems to be going more for dull and grey than bright and balmy. I’ve had a busy period in my day job and have spent the season frantically looking for somewhere to move, staying with my parents while waiting to move into the place we found, or moving. The result of these factors is this: I have not hit my summer quota of summer things.
I’ve seen a lot of talk on social media about Autumn, which is pretty exciting – I love Autumn (I think it might be my favourite season, although I don’t like to commit myself) and every time I think of it I get a little thrill of anticipation. However, given that it doesn’t even feel like we’ve had summer yet, I don’t feel like I’m quite ready for the next season to be here. Here’s what I want to do before the boots, cosiness and crunchy leaves arrive;
Spend more time exploring Norfolk
At the start of the June, I was all ‘I’m going to spend my weekends visiting lovely Norfolk places in the sunshine!’. That didn’t quite go to plan (see first paragraph), but we did get in a couple of little trips, like a beautiful day in Wells, which is where these photos were taken. I don’t shout about it enough, but Norfolk is gorgeous; we have lovely beaches, woodlands, and country parks, as well as the Norfolk broads and plentiful market towns and villages. Given that all of these places are within such easy reach it’s a bit pathetic to have made it out to visit them as infrequently as I have done, so before any semblance of sun truly disappears, I want to day trip to some of my county’s cutest towns and lovely countryside. I have a few places in mind, and the ones we don’t make it to before the end of summer will be Autumn trips instead!
Have more after work drinks in beer gardens
This is something that’s usually a given in summertime, but somehow I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve done it over the last 3 or 4 months. As a British office worker I find this almost offensive, so in the next few weeks I’m going to make a point of drinking in (literally) the last of summer in some of the lovely beer gardens in Norwich. There’s something so cheery and untroubled about leaving the office and heading straight to the garden of a pub, and since I haven’t been doing it all that much this year I know it will feel like a treat. Anyone fancy a pint?
Make use of my summer wardrobe
I have too many under-appreciated summer dresses sadly hanging (lol, lying crumpled on the bed) in our spare room at the moment – every time I go to wear one it’s too grey and chilly, or I look at the forecast and it says it will be chucking it down in several hours’ time. Three of them, in fact, are still in the bag with their tags on! A few, like the one I’m wearing here, have seen one single outing since I bought them. Not only does this feel like a massive waste of money (I hate waste) – but I just want to wear my pretty dresses, and that might sound like a really stupid thing to include on here but it’s something that makes me feel good. Expect to see me wearing them come rain or shine for the rest of summer!
Make our flat a relaxing place to be
Sorting out the house is not exactly your classic summer activity, but like I said, I love Autumn. When Autumn arrives, I want to be totally ready to do the cosy, light-candles-and-eat-comforting-food-in-a-jumper-on-the-sofa thing. At the moment we still have bags and boxes all over the place and there are loads of things we need to pick up or get rid of. You know what does say summer? Throwing open the windows. Refreshing drinks with ice cubes in your own home. The feeling of lightness you get when you get rid of possessions that have been weighing you down. Outdoor car boot sales! The rest of the summer will be for losing the stuff we’ve been hoarding, hopefully making a few pennies to help with buying the stuff we need, and getting our lovely new flat ready to enjoy the homeliness of the colder months.
Go on (or book) a holiday
I’m about to sound like a spoilt brat, but anyway; I spent the first six months of 2016 in Asia. I’m sure I don’t need to specify that it was HOT. I then came back in June, had a trip to beautiful and sweltering Madrid, then we had a lovely warm British summer which I seem to remember lasting right up until the end of September. What I’m trying to say is, last year I had all the sun. And this year, I would really like just a week of proper sun. I’d love to get a little sun holiday in (affordable destination recommendations please) during September – or at least book one so I know I’ve got it to look forward to.
If there’s a season that you’re supposed to be carefree in, it has to be summer. However, with a surprisingly busy July/start of August at work, a move and trying to get my head around this blogging lark (plus my natural disposition), I’ve definitely been anything but. Despite the fact that we’re still doing moving stuff and I most certainly want to keep up with the blogging thing, I also want to adjust my mindset a bit and try to find that elusive ‘summer feeling’. I’ll be making a conscious effort to relax more, not let things bother me, and shake off the sort of frantic feeling I’ve had recently. I’d love to find carefree, if only just for a day – but I’ll happily take ‘chilled and content’!
What do you want to do with the rest of your summer? Will you be sad to say goodbye to the season?
Photos: Rob Poor