Summer is here!

Today has been hot, not just Britain hot but like Spain hot. This is a big deal to us, I realise that in a lot of places, our summer is like their winter, but when you live here and you get a truly hot day as today has been, it’s massive.

Summer is so much prettier in Italy!

Maybe it was because we had one of the first school visits for my daughter and when we picked her up, conveniently there was an ice-cream van parked outside, (huge respect to the business sense of that man, there are over 400 children in the school and if just half had the persuasive powers of my kids he’d be quids in……oh alright, they were far too short to spot the van behind the other cars, it was all my idea!), so we walked home from school for the first time, first of many, all 3 of us eating Mr Whippys with flakes in, (me trying to pretend I hadn’t heard the stories about the bacteria in those machines), and went home and lay on blankets in the garden. The grass was dry and crunchy, the children were in the paddling pool, I was actually sunbathing on the lawn, which never happens in this country and it was so peaceful!

It was genuinely too hot to move and for ages we just all lay and watched the bees busily feasting on the flowering bramble and trying, and failing to spot just one cloud. It took me right back to days of lying on the freshly mown stubble of the farmer’s fields, clouds scudding lazily overhead and the buzzing of the bees filling the air. The air always felt like a warm blanket, heavy and still and the heat haze made everything look ethereal. I was always pretty sure that nostalgia had a good hand in painting these picture perfect memories but today I experienced a British summer day as I remember them from my childhood.

Although what I don’t remember from my own childhood is someone nagging me endlessly about my hat and suncream as I did to my children. I also remember a red nose and slightly sore burnt skin which I’m glad they won’t. Not saying my parents did a bad job but it was different when I was young…..at least we never had rickets I suppose!!

I spent much of my childhood outdoors, swinging upside down from tree branches, building dens, trying to make pictures out of clouds, which, by the way I still rule at, running wild and free, and whilst I realise that it’s a different time now, and that, even if we lived deep in the countryside as I did, I still would feel much more cautious about not knowing where they were, I feel happy knowing that I can still give them the sense of summer that I hold onto all these years later, the magic only a really hot day in Britain can bring with the amazing addition of sprinklers!!

Hopefully it won’t rain again now I’ve mentioned the weather!
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Not one single cloud!

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  1. July 1, 2015 / 2:55 am

    I’m Australian so I’m afraid I can only find your description of a hot summer day adorable. (It’s the rules. On our eighteenth birthdays we are each taken aside to pledge that we will never show awe for a British summer’s day). But the next time I leave my car in the sun and later end up burning my hand on the metal part of the seat belt, I will remember this and be endlessly jealous.

    • July 1, 2015 / 7:32 am

      Hahahaha that has made me laugh!! We get the burny seat belt thing too you know, just maybe, 5 out of 365 days!! 😉 I have done some travelling round s.e. asia & the heat there was insane, you do get used to it after a while but I don’t know how you cope when it’s summer there!! You’ll be very impressed despite your pledge I’m sure, it’s set to be a whole 28° here today!! 😀 Picture us all, melting into english puddles, sticking our heads into the freezer & kicking the kids out of the paddling pool!

      • July 3, 2015 / 1:13 am

        Oh wow, 28 degrees! That sounds so pleasant. We have 40-plus degree heatwaves. We’re terrible with the cold though. Most places here it doesn’t snow at all. If we get any frost or hail (or sometimes even just if it rains really hard) everyone loses their minds.

        • July 3, 2015 / 5:23 am

          Hey guess what….official temp at wimbledon was 40° apparently! Hottest day ever I heard. I know, thought you’d be impressed! 😉 Sadly, even though we’re more used to it, snow sends this country into meltdown too!

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