Summer is flitting in and out at the moment. In the morning she may be firmly here, and my cardigan is shed before the school run is complete, yet that very same afternoon I shiver my way up the road, having under-estimated the change in temperature. Sometimes summer days call for heading out on an adventure, but other times we make the most of it in our little garden.
We are loving watching the garden bloom. We have only had a garden for just over a year, after five years without – and while I am still lacking the urge to weed, and my green fingers are still decidedly, well, un-green, we do love being able to enjoy the sunny weather by simply stepping out of the back door.
Me and my boys planted bulbs in October last year, and we have been so excited watching them come into bloom. I am especially enamoured with the tulips, big and fat with colour, quite unlike the smaller pastel versions I gather in bunches from the florists. The lilac bush is blooming now, and the mock orange has it’s lime green summer coat on. The first of the roses are in flower. The lawn has been overwhelmed by dandelions, I should probably care, but I love their downy clocks, ready to be blown.
I love being able to nip out into the garden and enjoy lunch al-fresco. I mostly work from home, and sometimes I realise that from getting in from the school run, to heading out again at the other end of the day, I have not taken any time to appreciate the weather. In fact sometimes I have closed the shutters on it, so that I can still see the screen on my computer as I scurry through deadlines while the boys are at school. In order to make sure I don’t miss out, I try to eat outside when the weather is good. I either sit on the bench or drag out a garden friendly rug, and make sure I take half an hour in the sunshine. Fresh soups make a great lunch for me – I am terrible at making the effort when it comes to feeding just myself, and if I don’t have something quick and healthy in the fridge, I resort to raiding the biccie tin. Thank goodness for Glorious Foods rescuing me from my sins with their range of SkinnyLicious soups – tasty, nutritious and healthy, eaten in the sunshine with a good book for company – perfect.
And of course we can play outside too. Sometimes we drag out big sheets of paper and get the paint out – no panicking about staining the carpets that way! Or one of Syd’s current favourites is going on a mini-beast hunt, we tip rocks over to find colonies of woodlice, keep our eyes peeled for the colourful flickers of movement from butterflies and dragonflies, and put snails safely back in the borders before we tread on them on the lawn. And we drag out the play tray and fill it with water, and tip it between brightly coloured beakers and get our toes wet.
Having your own patch of outdoor space really helps make summer glorious. I love watching the changes the seasons bring, and spring and summer have to be the most exciting, as flowers bloom and birds nest and all of nature comes back to life,
Love Miss Cisco XXX
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