It’s the first week of May and yes I am planning my summer activities (I’ve also had a sudden thirst for Pimms and a hunger for BBQs.) But I wouldn’t be British if I wasn’t obsessing over the weather and daydreaming about what I’m going to be doing when the days warm up. I also don’t think I’m alone if the seasonal isle in Sainsbury’s and the launch of M&S’ picnic and BBQ range is anything to go by.
So I thought, what the heck, I’ll share my daydreams with you and find out what you’ve been thinking about doing this summer. There are a few summer things on the 2016 wishlist, so consider this as a bit of a seasonal top up!
- Demolish one of Molly Bakes’ freak shakes. I’ll be eating more salads so I’ll have plenty of spare calories for an indulgent treat.
- Eat an epic feast at Model Market or Dalston Yard on a warm summer’s night. Street food markets come into their own in the warmer temperatures. The atmosphere is buzzing with happy people, lapping up the leftover sunshine from the day and eating alfresco, without the need for a jacket (beer or regular), scarf and huddling together like penguins. (No 1. will be on a separate weekend, probably 😉 )
- Visit a fruit picking farm. When I was younger I remember how my mum kept strawberry plants and was so pleased when they produced edible fruit (even if they were tiny!). We never did fruit picking but it sounds like an idyllic way to spend a Saturday or Sunday. Parkside Farm looks great on Angela’s blog, Crockford Bridge Farm on Rosie’s looks great too.
- Take a bike ride through Epping Forest. Summer is all about making the most of the outdoors and I’m currently imagining the feeling of rushing through the woods on bicycles with sunshine dappling through the leaves.
- Take a day trip to Broadstairs. No summer is complete without a trip to the British seaside. This part of the Kentish coast is next on my list thanks to Emma and Ashley.
- See the flamingos at Kensington Roof Gardens. I’ve still not done this and summer just seems like the right time to go.
- Complete the Royal Parks set and enjoy a picnic or two. I’ve only got to visit Bushy Park and I’ll have been to all of London’s Royal Parks! A picnic is a just summer right of passage, whether you grab bags full of M&S picnic food or make the effort to bring a picnic hamper full of goods made from scratch, so the two just seem to go together.
- Discover more of London’s best ice cream. James and I are big ice cream fans. If we’re ever on the brink of being just a bit too full for dessert, ice cream is our go to option. Surprisingly, I’ve never really made any effort to go to London’s finest parlours so I’m going to see what I can manage this year (I’ll be using this, this and this for inspiration!). All in the name of blog research of course 😉
- Drink chilled rose/ Pimms/ cocktails at one of London’s best beer gardens or rooftop bars. Is there any better reward at the end of the working week and you’ve spent most of it longing to be outdoors?
- BBQs in our back garden. To cut a long story short our landlord told us that we’re getting a garden extension after he sold the flat upstairs. Naturally, I was straight on Pinterest picturing how I could make it look
instauser-friendly and I’ve been spying through the fence on sunny days to see where the sunshine falls. I haven’t had a BBQ in my own home for so long I can’t wait for the satisfaction of grilling something tasty.
Hurry up Summer, we’re ready for you!
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What summer activities do you have planned?