The fact that I’m a Winter person through and through has never been a secret. The thought of spending two weeks on a beach somewhere hot doesn’t appeal to me in the slightest, the sun gives me a headache and the warm weather stresses me out more than is normal. However, I like to be a positive person, and there are some things I am looking forward to this Summer, so I thought I’d share them with you.
They have already started, but I have to give a shout out to the light nights that we are currently blessed with… I just know all you other bloggers out there are nodding in agreement. For product photography, I have a light box so I don’t need to worry about that kind of photography anymore, but the fact that it’s now light enough and bright enough to shoot outfit photos up until around 8pm is just a god send!
I think I speak for most people when I say that I am massively looking forward to the return of Love Island tomorrow night! I really wanted to put this as number 1 on my list, but I didn’t want to come across as too eager or pathetic, but hell, I AM EXCITED! I know it’s trash, reality tv, but I just can’t help getting hooked on it! The best bit for me is the group chats I have going on with my girls when it’s on, we always have plenty to say and I also love reading along with Twitter every night while it’s on, it’s so funny.
One of my favourite things to do each Summer is go to some outdoor concerts. As much as I love an indoor gig, there’s something a little more special about the atmosphere when watching live music outside, I love that you can take in the sun, have a drink and sing along with the crowd.
Some of the best concerts I’ve ever been to have been outside; Olly Murs last year was brilliant, and Boyzone were great a few years back too, despite the rain! Although I don’t have any booked for this year yet, I’m hoping to see Boyzone again in York and Ronan when he plays in Sunderland.
Last year we went to quite a few food festivals, which were all brilliant, so I’m really hoping to discover some new ones this Summer. Of course we’ll be heading back to the Quayside because that’s our favourite, but spending a day somewhere new, trying new foods really excites me. If you have any recommendations for places we should try, please let me know in the comments!
Every year I think I get more excited about Elodie’s Summer holidays than she does, as I love having her at home with me. She loves school, and although she always enjoys her holidays, she equally looks forward to going back and seeing her friends (which I am so thankful for, I’d hate to have a child who didn’t want to go to school, it must be so upsetting!) Although we don’t have any plans set in stone for the holidays yet, we will be enjoying plenty of days out as a family, hopefully with a trip or two to Scarborough.
Without doubt, every Summer I end up obsessed with slush drinks. To be honest, I think it’s because I don’t cope well in the heat, but for me, there really is nothing better than cooling down with a slush after being in the sun. I’ve already had a couple this year and I’m not ready to stop yet… I just know I’ll be drinking them right through until September now!
It may sound silly, but one of the best things about Summer for me, is that I can wear sunglasses in my hair all the time. I find it so great to be able to keep my hair down, yet completely tidy and out of the way with the addition of a pair of sunglasses! Take note of my Instagram photos, sunglasses in my hair will be a regular feature! I’m sure any men reading this will think I’ve gone crazy, but I hope all the girls understand!
Something that really takes me back to my childhood is going to Summer car boot sales, even if I’m not looking to buy anything, I can’t help but enjoy wandering around with the crowds, looking at the junk that people are selling, it’s so fun! Elodie loves it, and it’s a great and usually really affordable way to treat her to something and I often come away with a new book or two to read. I might even do a car boot sale myself at some point over the Summer, it’s about time I got rid of some of my junk too.
Hopefully we will have our garden sorted this Summer so that we can enjoy a few BBQs, either that or I hope we get invited to some! Our garden is huge, and it takes a lot of work to look after… I have a vision of it all smart with some nice outdoor seating – Maybe we’ll achieve it one day! I love the warm evenings in the Summer months, relaxing in the garden, with a drink or two and some delicious barbequed food. I can’t get enough of the chargrilled chicken, prawns and overcooked sausages – You can’t beat it!
Last but not least, I can’t help it, I can’t wait for a new series of Big Brother. I’ve heard rumours that it’s not coming back, but I know they were auditioning for housemates, so I’m praying it’s still going ahead. I do hope they take it a bit more back to basics though, I hope the housemates are all regular people rather than Z listers that they have sourced through management companies, I always think that spoils it a bit. Even when I hate them all, I still end up glued to my tv screen every night though, so I know I’ll love it no matter what… Will you be watching?