I am not a Summer kind of person. I often feel I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, in reverse.
I feel like summer has been long and never ending but I am aware that it has whizzed by, passed in the blink of an eye, how is it even possible to feel those two simultaneously?!
Summer makes me feel lacking. Waking up a day with the sun shining high in the sky doesn’t really do it for me if I’m honest…don’t get me wrong, on those days where there isn’t a single thing to be done, or on holiday when the only tasks we are faced with is finding a spot on the beach, I will embrace it.
Summer days always make me feel like I should be doing something, going somewhere, having the time of my life! I feel pressured….this summer my intentions were simple.
Make the most of the sunshine and the long days and spend as little money possible. Simple things, simple days.
We have fallen into a new rhythm this summer, and just as I am relaxing into it, it will change again. Evening walks to the veg plot, the sun still high in the sky. Cucumbers fresh of the plant for supper snacks.
We have spent the really warm days, with a bag full of food and drinks, close to water…picnics by rivers and beaches. I seem to have a great knack of finding is the quietest spots (introvert problems 😂) . The kids were happy to play all day there. We usually see our home ed friends weekly, but haven’t at all this summer. Instead cousins have came to stay.
We have had some amazing weekends in our van. There is nothing better than grabbing a few bags and heading to the beach in the van. We have a few spots near us that for the price of a parking ticket we have the best view.
I mean, look at this for £6!
The van is my sanity. My plan B. My freedom. I absolutely love it. I love the freedom to be able to pack a few bits and go off to explore…we really haven’t made it far at all this summer, no more than 40 miles from home, but there really is no need when you have this on the (van) doorstep!
We went to a festival this year, the first big one as a family and you know what, I never thought I was say this….I don’t think we are festival people….it’s took quite a few years to realise, but we would actually rather be parked up near a beach or a forest. I think I have always wanted to be festival kinda person. I think I just liked the idea of it but that’s another thing I have let go of this summer 😂
We went to Deershed. After the mega heatwave we had of the hottest days on record, it absolutely pissed down. We abandoned the festival and came home with a leaky van!
Give me quiet beaches any day, looking for treasures.
So that’s our summer. I have loved it more than any other, I have created simple days for us. Learnt to embrace it, let go of the pressure and just be….
Now Autumn is just about here, baskets of apples, crunchy leaves, cozy knits, hot tea, sweet bakes…this is truly my time and I cannot wait.
I hope you have had a lovely summer and I wish you the most magical autumnal season,