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12 Things I Love About Summer

Updated on May 14, 2013

Summer! What's Not To Love?!

In my childhood memories it was always summer. Those other three seasons? I don't remember them; although of course I know they must have taken up most of the year.

As an adult I still love summer. From the warmth of the sun on my shoulders to the soft coolness of a lawn beneath my bare feet, these are the things, in no particular order, that I really, really, really love about summer.

This article is a work in progress! I will be adding more things that I love over time...

1. Eating Outside

I grew up in England where eating outside is a three weeks of the year only kind of a deal. Since then I have moved to Queensland, Australia where al fresco dining goes on almost 365 days a year. Nonetheless, my love of eating outside has never wavered, even now that I can sit on my deck and eat a meal outside any time I want.

These days eating al fresco in summer means the whir of fans, butterflies flitting round the table and enjoying the breeze on my skin as I eat in the heat. Every summer evening here you hear the sounds of the neighbours on their deck talking and laughing as they eat and drink the evening away. I love this sound, it sounds like summer. Wherever you are in the world though, food just tastes better when you eat it outside.

2. Ice Lollies

You're never too old for an ice lolly. On a boiling hot day, when the humidity makes your clothes cling to your skin and the air is so thick you can almost drink it, nothing tastes as good as a cool lolly.

These days I have children, and they too love lollies, whether it's a frozen banana, a pureed mango or some other concoction that we have created and frozen, nothing is more summery than a home made ice lolly.

Photo courtesy of titlap on flickr
Photo courtesy of titlap on flickr

3. Swimming In An Outdoor Pool

Swimming in an indoor pool is nice, but in all honesty, swimming in an outdoor pool with the sun on your back is nicer.

These days, living in Australia, where backyard pools are as common as garages I am lucky enough to own my own pool. It's small, it's unheated, and I am very averse to the cold, which is why I know that the first day I plop my toe over the edge and realise it's warm enough for me to swim is the day that I know that summer is really, really here.

What can be more fun than lounging on a Lilo, riding an inflatable dragon, or just diving to collect rings from the bottom of the pool, only to haul yourself up on the burning hot tiles on the side of the pool and then throw yourself into the cool water again? No wonder my children whoop with joy- Its enough to bring out the child in any of us.

When I lived in London, not only did I not have a pool I didn't even have a garden. Nonetheless every summer my children and I would haul ourselves down to the local Lido and swim in the sun there. It was just as much fun there - try it!

Poolmaster 85600 Classic Pool Lounge
Poolmaster 85600 Classic Pool Lounge

Lie back and think of nothing! This is supportive and fun, great for a pool!

 
Intex Whale Ride-On, 76" X 47", for Ages 3+
Intex Whale Ride-On, 76" X 47", for Ages 3+

Want to share the fun? This ride on will give your little (and big) kids hours of fun.

 
Sunscreen
Sunscreen

4. The Smell Of Sunscreen..

With a sun as strong as we have here in Australia, sunscreen is almost a year round requirement. Nonetheless the smell of sunscreen still reminds me of summer.

When I was a child, most peoples' sun protection amounted to a slop of coconut oil, designed only to help you to tan as deeply and quickly as possible. These days, I spend hours and many dollars trying to protect my children from the dangers of the sun, but somewhere deep ingrained in my psyche I still associate the smell of sunscreen with the joy of summer. These days thankfully my children are sprayed head to to in 30+ sunscreen a far cry from the high level factor 6 that was occasionally rubbed on my shoulders as a child. Still though, sunscreen to me means holidays, ice creams, and riding my bike round the neighbourhood happy in the knowledge that school holidays would go on almost forever.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100, 3 Fl. Oz.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100, 3 Fl. Oz.

This dry touch sunscreen will stop that oily, gunky feeling this summer.

 
Courtesy of caitlinator on Flickr
Courtesy of caitlinator on Flickr

5. Sand Between My Toes

Is there any feeling nicer in the world than standing on soft, warm, powdery sand and feeling your toes sink in?

I live 90 minutes from a beach where the sand is so fine that it squeaks when you step on it.

In the middle of the day in summer, it's too hot to step on even for a second. In the late afternoon though, just as the sun is setting, or early in the morning before anyone else arrives, the temperature is perfect. At those times, you can stand, in the driest sand, above the high water mark and feel it swish through your toes, back and forth, massaging your feet with it's silky warmth. It feels like summer.

picnic hamper
picnic hamper

6. Picnics

Is there anything in the world lovelier than a picnic on a summer's day?

Finding a cool spot in the shade, laying out a blanket, unpacking your sumptuous feast and then gently snoozing it off whilst the sun and the breeze massage you.

I love picnics. I love the ritual of them, the fun in packing them up and rediscovering the treasures that you packed at the other end. I also have a soft spot for picnic hampers and constantly practice creating the perfect picnic feast.

Picnic Time 'Canterbury' English Style Picnic Basket with Deluxe Service for Two, Navy with Plaid
Picnic Time 'Canterbury' English Style Picnic Basket with Deluxe Service for Two, Navy with Plaid

How very English! A traditional picnic set, for a beautiful picnic on a summer's day.

 
12.5" Chipwood Picnic Basket with Folding Handles
12.5" Chipwood Picnic Basket with Folding Handles

Need a basket without the plates and utensils? This is for you!

 
purchase this tent at ohdeedoh
purchase this tent at ohdeedoh

7. Sleeping Outside

Do you remember the joy as a child of being allowed to pitch your tent in the backyard and sleep the night in the garden?

My children love this too, although they have adult supervision that we never did. Still, there is a joy in the torches, the sleeping bags, the whispered midnight feasts and the stuffiness of the tent when you wake in the morning with the dew on the grass that is hard to replicate as an adult.

Coleman SunDome 7-Foot by 7-Foot 3-Person Dome Tent (Orange/Gray)
Coleman SunDome 7-Foot by 7-Foot 3-Person Dome Tent (Orange/Gray)

A small tent for when you don't want to share it with a crowd.

 
Wenzel Big Bend 12-by-10 Foot Five-Person Two-Room Family Dome Tent
Wenzel Big Bend 12-by-10 Foot Five-Person Two-Room Family Dome Tent

Thinking of taking the whole family? There are separate rooms in this particular palace so everyone can have their own space.

 

8. Flip Flops Or Thongs

What you call them depends on where you live in the world... Where I live now they are called Thongs, but in the UK where I grew up we called them flip flops.

Whatever you call them, they are all about summer. Casual, free, easy- flip flops embody everything that summer should be about. Not only that, but they look great with summer clothes too!

Havianas Jelly Flip Flops

The very best thongs or flip flops are havianas. They are comfortable, cooling and they seem to last forever.

Havaianas Women's Metallic Flip-Flop
Havaianas Women's Metallic Flip-Flop

Metallic look and a bright summery color. Perfect!

 
Havaianas Women's Slim Flip Flop
Havaianas Women's Slim Flip Flop

These are just a little slimmer and so look less chunky on womens' feet.

 
Sprinklers
Sprinklers

9. Sprinklers!

Are you ever too old to run under sprinklers?

I hope not. I have visions of myself at 80, playing under the sprinklers in the garden and squealing. Just as I did at 7 and just as I do now at ......

For those of you that haven't tried this for a while, all you need is a scorching summer day, a garden tap, and a sprinkler...... prepare to whoop with joy!

Get your own sprinkler!

Noodlehead N111C Flexible Lawn & Garden Sprinkler
Noodlehead N111C Flexible Lawn & Garden Sprinkler

Ok, so you could use this to water your lawn, but why bother when you can instead use it to water your children!

 
photo courtesy of  Christian Frausto Bernal on Flickr
photo courtesy of Christian Frausto Bernal on Flickr

10.Thunderstorms

There is nothing I love more than a late afternoon storm to clear the air and get rid of the humidity. From the time that I see the black clouds rolling over the horizon, to the first thunderous crack that rattles the roof, I love, love, love summer storms.

Sitting in the evening at the end of a long summers day, hearing the tropical rain pounding down on my roof, and sipping a glass of wine as I watch the trees bend double and nature unleash her fury is one of my favourite things about summer.

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slip n slide
slip n slide

11. Slip N Slide!

Until this year I had never tried a slip n slide! There is nothing more fun, even at my advanced age, than skidding along in the sunshine, getting drenched and giggling like a small child.

I'm not sure how much my neighbours love it as my children whoop and squeal with joy playing with this in our backyard, but this has to be one of their favorite summer activities, ever.

Wham-o Slip N Slide Wave Rider Double With 2 Slide Boogies
Wham-o Slip N Slide Wave Rider Double With 2 Slide Boogies

This slip and slide connects to a hose so it continuously waters itself to make you go faster...

 
Wham-o Slip N Slide Wave Rider 16'
Wham-o Slip N Slide Wave Rider 16'

Want to go even faster? Add a little dishwashing liquid! But careful, it gets really slippy!

 
School Bus Summer
School Bus Summer

12. School Holidays!

Ok, I admit there are times during the school holidays when my children drive me almost to the point of wishing that school would hurry up and start again, but only nearly! Most of the time school holidays are my favourite time of the year.

The long days of no alarm clocks, no work for me, no plans, just lazing around the house in our pjs, ambling down to the park in the sun, hopping in our pool after supper to have a last, before bed swim, to cool off. Watching my children playing in the garden, cartwheeling and singing, spraying each other in cold water in frantic, hilarious attempts to cool off. Seeing how gorgeous their cute little legs look in summer shorts.

If only school holidays could last forever!

What Are Your Favorite Things About Summer?

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      glenbrook 5 years ago

      Sleeping outside, relaxing by the Owens River, going to the Tri-County Fair in Bishop, riding bikes with my 2 sons.

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      smithlights 5 years ago

      Another fun lens! When I was a kid, we called shoes thongs, but now they are called flip-flops. I think it's because the clothing item thong is much more prominent.

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      raegal75 6 years ago

      Lovely lens! I agree, swimming in an outdoor pool is better than indoor. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      I love the summer too! Wall to wall sunshine suits me best. Being a summer baby is the reason I think I enjoy the summer so much. And hey! In England we even have tables and chairs outside cafes and restaurants now you know! There are worst places to live than here but the call of the sun is never far from my ears ... blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I kind of like these things about summer too. Blessed by a traveling Squid Angel...no foolin'.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      We share some favorite summer things! For this reason, this lens has been blessed by the Summer Fun angel on Squidoo.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      We share some favorite summer things! For this reason, this lens has been blessed by the Summer Fun angel on Squidoo.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      We share some favorite summer things! For this reason, this lens has been blessed by the Summer Fun angel on Squidoo.

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      Cherry-Ambition 6 years ago from U.S.

      Plenty of things I love about summer, too... it's my favorite season! I LIVE for the summer (& summer weather especially)...

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      So cute. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Brought back many wonderful memories about why I love summer too!! Thank you

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      mannasugar 6 years ago

      The hot sun...