The summer is officially here and I am the MOST excited! Pictured above is me (in the purple) and my great friend Meredith. In England. At approximately 9.30 p.m. Do I look cold? You're right. I wasn't.
**side note: I really do think that summer time needs a celebratory theme song though... you know, in the same way that when you hear The Pogues : Fairytale of New York playing on the radio, or you hear the coca cola advert gently serenading you with the words 'holidays are coming, holidays are coming' for the first time that year... THAT truly marks the beginning of Christmas time, right? Well. I think summer deserves the same kind of musical embrace.
But seriously.... any suggestions?
That aside, there aren't many things in the world that I like more than the Great British Summer.
(In fact, I love it so much as to organise a whole styled shoot around it. Look out for this one - it's going to be a lot of fun!)
I just can't help but think there's something so charming about England in the sunshine. But I can also guarantee that there are a hundred and one Brits out there that would argue differently.
Yes, maybe the weather is entirely unpredictable.
And then the sun does shine, and you decide it might be pleasant to eat your lunch outside... in swarm the wasps, and if not the wasps...the seagulls.
And then there's always the unreasonably confident men with their tops off.
And the hay fever.
And the irrational sunburn that seemed to come out of nowhere.
Given... there are a few reasons that you could look at the Great British Summer and see something entirely different to the one I see. But I think this could, maybe, change your mind.
This is my England doing what it does best. Being quaint and being beautiful.
And even if that didn't change your mind, I'm making it my mission to be the summer's biggest ambassador this year. I'm going to do summer well, and by the end of it maybe you'll be tired of arguing with me. Here's what I intend to do:
I'm going to make homemade ice lollies in those freezer trays that we had as kids.
I'm going to cycle to work because I can.
I'm going to sunbathe whenever I can.
I'm going to go camping.
I'm going to relish the sun if it shines, and have fun in the rain if it doesn't.
I'm going to jump from hay bail to hay bail in a field full of... hay bails.
I'm going to lay out on a blanket late into the evening and watch the day turn to night.
Yep. That's what I'm going to do.
To me, those are the things that make the British summer great. Pip pip!