english summer


What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. – Gertrude Jekyll

It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes
And pleasant smells scent the noses.
Nathaniel Parker Willis

The sun has been shining in my little corner of the globe! Here’s my top 20 list to signify that summer’s truly here:

  1. baby blue skies, glorious sunshine and gentle breeze
  2. spending more time in the garden than in the house, my family turning as brown as monkeys
  3. eating lots of ice-lollies, water melons, pasta and salads
  4. drinking home-made lemonade and mango lassi 
  5. kids’ daily wear consists of sandals, summer dresses, sun hats, t-shirts and long shorts
  6. kids begging to go to the beach (we shall, all being well)
  7. all my 15 windows opened wide to let in fresh air – I live in a 100-year-old house, not a mansion!
  8. lots of water play
  9. long days, sunset around 9.30pm, sunrise at 4,45am
  10. roses in full bloom
  11. lawn needs constant mowing, plants need more watering and attention
  12. hay fever sufferers having a bad time (myself included, really awful this year)
  13. more outings and trips
  14. more get-together with friends and family/relatives
  15. having numerous barbeques and picnics
  16. endless washing on the clothes line
  17. butterflies and bumble bees everywhere
  18. non-stop sweet melody from the birds
  19. doing more DIY projects
  20. don’t feel like doing much at all!

English summer is truly lovely, I appreciate it all the more now as it is very fleeting. We have 3 summer months supposedly, but the sun only shines really brightly (like my picture below) now and then which makes it extra special. I can’t believe how I took for granted the all year round tropical sunshine back in my homeland for the first 28 years of my life. I leave you with the bright blue sky above my head, my violets and ice-lollies, my blooming English roses, a sweet memory of hubby and son by Lake District a few summers ago. And last but not least, a beautiful summer song. I like to capture my high happy summer feelings! Today is a typical example of a glorious summer’s day, let’s just simply enjoy it!!

This sweet old melody truly captures the very essence of summer! 


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