As we’re from England we’re not used to prolonged sunshine, so I thought it would be best to make a list of some of things to do to make the most of the sunny summer before it starts raining again and we’re all forced to stay inside for 3 months!
Lloret de Mar, Spain
- Take a day trip to the beach
- Invent a new cocktail or mocktail
- Go shopping for summery clothes
- Explore your hometown
- Practice your photography
- Make a delicious salad
- Go swimming to cool down
- Host a summery party
- Read a book in the park
- Go for a picnic
- Drink cocktails in the sun
- Have a BBQ
- Have a girls (or boys) night in
- Spend the whole day outside
- Climb a tree
- Build a fort
- Do some gardening
- Pick flowers to make a bouquet
- See if there are any outdoor cinemas near you
- Try a new restaurant
- Clean all your dirty clothes (it’s boring, but they really do dry faster in hot weather!)
- Bake (and eat) a cake/biscuits/cupcakes
- Customize your clothes
- Try a new sport
- And if you’re feeling adventurous, grab your friends and go on a spontaneous weekend trip!
What have you been doing to make the most of the sun?
A-Levels meant that I had a huge back pile of books that I hadn’t had time to open, so the summer means that I’ve had the time to start reading again.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Amazon – £3.85
This book has definitely got to be one of the best I’ve read. The book is split into two sections, one from each of the main characters’ point of view. This allows you to get a real feel for the character and connect with them. The plot line is also brilliant, with a very surprising twist that will leave you reeling! I can’t recommend this book enough and to prove how gripping this book is, I started it meaning to read a few pages and ended up finishing it in one evening.
Un Lun Dun by China Miéville
Amazon – £5.24
This is a children’s book so it is quite an easy read, but the plot line is very original and interesting. I’ve had this book for quite a few years now and I never get bored of it and have re-read it quite a few times. It’s definitely a book I would give as a gift to someone, and that’s like the highest recommendation you can give a book!
The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Amazon – £5.27
This is the first book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón and starts off as a light read but eventually becomes more dark and haunting. It is a young adults book, but the atmosphere he creates in such a short book is incredible. It is through this book that I purchased his newer novel, The Shadow of The Wind and I don’t think I will be disappointed by that either.
The weather in Hereford wasn’t getting any cooler over the weekend, so we decided just to power through the heat and off we went on a day trip to Ludlow. There was an antique fair on and after a quick cake and tea pit stop we went for a mooch.
It wouldn’t be a fair without food!
After a quick lunch, we then headed off to the castle
It was a beautiful weekend for a holiday, and I can’t wait for the rest of the summer!
The whole country has been sweltering recently, and me and my boyfriend spent the 30 degree weekend in Hereford visiting family and local tea rooms.
Herefordshire is well known for its’ cider making, so a trip to Hereford wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the cider museum.
The best part of the cider making process!
After a taste of different ciders, I had to buy some souvenirs from the shop….
Which were all delicious!
Our first day in Hereford was full of cake eating and cider drinking which was a promising start for the weekend, so keep watch for the next installment of the Hereford weekend. But I’ll give you a sneaky peak at what’s to come, cause I like you.
1. They were giving out free ice cream!! 2. Blooming roses 3. San Pellegrino, Blood Orange 4. Strawberries and cream to celebrate Wimbledon
5. Homemade pancakes and butter 6. Learning whilst drinking tea 7. Papa Johns pizza 8. Kopparberg Strawberry and Lime
9. Snazzy new travel mug 10. Finally have a new phone!! 11. Having fun while packing up my room 12. Currently obsessed with the biggest loser
13. Beach view in Scotland 14. Movie night 15. Rekorderlig Peach and Apricot 16. Ombre nails
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It was my Grampa’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, so last weekend me and my mum went on a fleeting visit to Scotland to help the rest of the family celebrate. As the whole of England knows, we’re having a heat wave at the moment, so sitting in a car for 5 hours wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but the weather let us go on some lovely walks in the countryside and I managed to get a few photos of the celebrations.
Supply stop on the 5 hour trip to Scotland
Trip to the beach looking out over the Isle of Arran
Roses and peonies in my grandparent’s garden
The beautiful Piersland House Hotel
Ayrshire bacon and cheese salad
Salmon fillet with a cream sauce
Vanilla panna cotta with berry coulis
Dean Castle and Country Park
How did you guys spend your sunny weekend?