Today is the official start to summer, so I thought a great way to kick off the season would be to post my annual ABCs of Summer post!
Afternoon naps outside in the sun. In a hammock, preferably. Why? Because I deserve it!
Barbecuing at every possible occasion. Halloumi, corn, peppers, sausage. There isn’t a single food stuff that I don’t think I’d prefer grilled!
Celebrate the 4th of July by eating my favourite American snacks for dinner. And maybe lighting a sparkler or two!
Dining al fresco! Eating outdoors is truly the best, and I’m not just talking about barbecues. (Though those are great too!) Having your morning cup of coffee outside feels like such a luxury!
Evening light is seriously the best. My favourite thing about the British summer is how light it stays at night!
Find a local pick-your-own farm. When we lived in London, we went to Garson’s every year. I’ll have to find one close to York now!
Garden centres. It’s embarrassing, but one of the things that I was most excited about when Sam passed his driving test is that we’d be able to go to a Garden Centre (which was not in busing/walking distance before) to stock up on some more houseplants. I dream of a house covered in plants. I have the thumb of death, but Sam is great with them!
Health. I’ve been sick off and on for the vast majority of 2017 – including the entire month of May. I don’t know if it’s my body adjusting to a new place; working a job where I am exposed to a ton of germs or a combination of the two but I need to get it sorted out!
Ice cream. Need I say more?
Juice some lemons (and other fruit) and make some tasty homemade juices!
Keep hydrated! I never drink the recommended amount of water per day and I want/need to get better at it!
Long walks while the weather is lovely, exploring as many different areas of York as possible.
Music: enjoy live outdoor music somewhere!
Nature: soak up a summer sunset and release my inner gardener.
Open air cinema: find one nearby and watch a film outside. I still need popcorn though.
Paint our room white instead of the dreadful magnolia colour that it is? (That’s up to our landlord, really)
Quiet nights at home relaxing in the garden.
Read more. I smashed through a fair few books this winter, but my reading has really slowed down lately!
Seaside trips. I definitely need to have more classic British seaside summer experiences; especially after my fabulous weekend in Margate and Broadstairs last year!
Train properly for the Great North Run! September is rapidly creeping up on us! (Sidenote: I’m running the Great North run for Beat, so I’m in the middle of a fundraiser. If you’d like to donate to my run, I’d be incredibly grateful!)
Upgrade my camera. I’d really like to squirrel aside some blogging money for a camera upgrade soon!
Vlog again! I had so much fun last year starting to get into blogging and then post wedding and Yorkshire move, I completely fell off the bandwagon!
Wedding anniversary! I can’t believe July 23rd has almost come upon us already. I can’t wait to get the slices of cake that we froze last year out of Sam’s mom’s freezer!
Xylophone band practice. The Northern group is letting me down a bit.
Yoga classes. I have a studio in York that I love, but I just finished a round of classes and I want to try something a bit different for the summer.
Zip around in the car for some local, staycation travels!
You can find previous year’s posts below!