Six reasons to miss summer when it’s gone


For a while, I thought I was in the minority in liking autumn more than I like summer. Since being exposed to everyone’s innermost thoughts on social media, I realise that it isn’t a minority. That autumn is better than summer is apparently THE MOST POPULAR OPINION OF ALL TIME. Whether it’s pumpkin flavoured coffees, new boots or that back to school vibe (pretty sure I’m in the minority there, actually), everyone is gaga for the change of season.

So in an attempt to a) get back to blogging about stuff that isn’t catching up on Photo a Day, and b) write something a little more challenging than ’10 reasons I love autumn’, I thought I’d think of a few things that I will miss about summer (even though I am so glad that the weather finally appears to making its way towards autumn).

Being able to go to an outdoor event and not worry (too much) about the weather

Case in point, yesterday I stood in Hyde Park and got ridiculously soaked. Admittedly, it means that I will always remember dancing to Man I Feel Like a Woman in the pouring rain, which is a fabulous memory to have, but still. British summers aren’t perfect, but if you arrange something in July, you might just be able to get away without an umbrella.

Washing your hair and then going for a drive to dry it in super quick time

Maybe I’m stuck in a bit of a hair rut at the moment, but for the past few months all I’ve done with my hair is wash it, spray it with some sea salt spray, and leave it to dry naturally. When I’m able to have the window open in the car and let the summery air at it, it dries quickly, and it just feels nice. (Disclaimer, I still can’t drive, I’m talking about going out at the weekends with my friend Hannah!) As the temperatures drop, if I try air-drying my soaking wet hair, I’m probably going to catch my death of cold.

Sitting in the garden with a book

The back of our house is a little sun trap on summer mornings, and it’s a nice place to sit and read chapter after chapter. Though with autumn on its way, I’ll just transfer into the house, put the fire on and make a cup of tea.

Having a barbecue

I’ve hardly had any barbecues this year, and now I feel as though I’ve missed my chance. Cooking outside is less fun when it’s chilly, or when it’s raining.

Quieter roads

Again, as I don’t drive, maybe it’s not my place to complain about this. But I’m a passenger a lot, and it’s nice to be able to make our way through our tiny village with a fraction of the traffic during the school summer holidays.

Beach paddling

Don’t get me wrong, I will paddle in the sea when it’s freezing cold. But there’s no denying that it’s a little less enjoyable when you are worrying that your toes are going to fall off. Also, people look at you like you’re a bit strange when you have your feet in the North Sea in November.

So there you have it. Six reasons why I might just miss summer. This is all folly of course. None of these things can actually make up for the chillier days, the new boots, coats, jumpers and tights, the amazing television, having the fire on, drinking more tea, my birthday, and the lead up to Christmas. (There, you got a list in the end anyway.)

Photo by Kate Tandy on Unsplash


Hello all

Another day, another post! I told you I was going to try and get back into the swing of this blogging lark! It’s sad, because whilst I am not a numbers whore, I secretly liked the fact that my little WordPress chart was showing some pretty tidy numbers for a while back there, and now I seem to have lost a lot of those readers. Of course, I know that the only way to get them back to is to post a lot and say things that people might find interesting, so prepare yourself for some hardcore blogging!

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I am pleased to announce that I have managed to cross another item off my birthday list! This weekend, as it was Guy Fawkes Night, I had a Bonfire/Fireworks Party! There was no bonfire, so that’s a bit of a misnomer, but there were lots of fireworks, even more food, and a lot of my favourite people. I took lots of photos, but it’s been absolutely ages since I used my camera, and I seem to have lost any ability I once had to take a decent photograph. So most of them came out rather blurry. I will be doing a post and including the ones that didn’t, and as just about everyone there had a camera, I might borrow a few shots! As for my list, that’s now five items crossed off. Which is pathetic, considering it is my birthday next weekend (5 days!), and I don’t have a hope of completing any more! Ah well, I’ll just try again next year.

Talking of my birthday, of course I’m super excited! I have a fun weekend planned – Saturday is going to be spent in London at the Lord Mayor’s Show (a family tradition as it’s always on Remembrance Weekend, which of course always falls close to my birthday), and then on Sunday, I have a surprise outing that my friends are organising. I know that I am doing something, I have no idea what it is, so I am very excited for that too! My birthday will be bit different this year, but I hope that I can still enjoy it.

In other news, I have still been toying with the idea of changing the name of my blog. I even went as far as to mess around on Photoshop creating a new header with a new name, and then I realised that I should check if there is already a WordPress blog using the URL. Of course there is, so that’s on the backburner for now. I’m still working on it though, so I’ll let you know as soon as it can go ahead!

I hope everyone is well, and enjoying autumn (or of course summer, or whatever season it is where you are). I love hearing from you all, so if you have anything to say to me, get in touch! Follow me on Twitter – I’m not especially funny, and maybe I’m not terribly interesting, but I tweet a lot, so if quantity over quality counts for anything, you can find me here!

Until next time

Autumn #2

1 – L’apres-mid Journal – Paris – Limette – €4.30 ~ 2 – Butterflies Fields Eco Journal – Ruche – $10.95 ~ 3 – Bursting With Brilliance Screenprinted Notebook – KatieBlairDesigns – $10 ~ 4 – Pocket Notebook Pink Blossom – Limette – €9.60 ~ 5 – There’s No… Jot and Share Notebook – $9.00 ~ 6 – Jotter – Chevron Stripe – WitAndWhistle – $5.75

Not getting to buy myself lots of new stationery is one of the worst things about not going back to school in September. So, as a way to make myself feel (slightly) better, I’ve been looking at some lovely notepads that I want to be able to buy. My favourite of this little lot is the Pink Blossom one, it’s just so pretty! 

Autumn #1

1 – Hunter Rucksack – Bill Amberg – £460 ~ 2. Collegiate Oversized Satchel – ASOS – £45 ~ 3. Red and White Polka Dot Leather Satchel – Zatchels – £91 ~ 4. The Fluro – The Cambridge Satchel Company – £98 ~ 5. Ally Capellino 13″ Canvas Rucksack for MacBook Pro – The Apple Store – £144.95 ~ 6. Mini Check Satchel – ASOS – £18

So first up in my celebration of all things autumnal, we have some bags. Nothing says Back to School like a nice satchel. I particularly like ASOS’s Collegiate one, especially in those colours, though the bright green one from The Satchel Company is also rather eye-catching! Also with a Back to School vibe, we have some backpacks. The Hunter one is gorgeous, but at £460 I’d be scared to take it outside lest I ruined it in some way!

Does your choice of bag change according to the seasons? I don’t think mine does, though I am much more inclined to use a canvas style bag in the summer, when the fear of rain is much less than during the autumn and winter.

Until next time