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The hardest thing to do in the world for each of us is something we’ve never done.
Not exactly the words you would expect to begin the summer season, but with the arrival of this Summer of 2021, simply witnessing the season of heat, growth in the garden, linen clothing and escapes to favorite leisurely getaways and destinations calling our curiosity is to know we have made it through something incredibly difficult. No, the pandemic is not entirely over, and vigilance is important, but we’ve made incredibly positive strides. Seeing summer with the freedom to go about our lives outside of our homes is something to celebrate, so why don’t we? And what better season to celebrate in than summer?
With all of that said, my celebrations will be savoring the simple things this summer season, activities and pastimes not enjoyed last year. I will be staying in Bend this summer, saving for extended travel in 2022 and I must admit, I am actually relieved to know I will be doing so, enjoying a slow pace but with all of the activities I so missed last summer. I’d like to share 11 of these activities and pastimes to savor with you today. Let’s take a look.
1. Visiting nearby gardens open to the public, garden tours and generally just gawking in awe at gardens of towns visited during day or weekend getaways.
The below Lilies were found in Portland yesterday, stopping me immediately upon spying them during our walk about the neighborhoods.
2. Creating a cozy nook on the front porch to watch, and listen and take in the luscious scent of the summer storms as they pass through.
Earlier this week, the boys and I, upon seeing a thunder and lightning storm was about to let the rain fall generously, snuggled in on the porch swing outside on the front porch: Oscar on the pillows swinging away with me and Norman by my feet on the rug. Sipping my tea, a good book in hand, it was the most wonderful and memorable hour of time on the porch we’ve had together (and we’ve had many!).
3. Watching Wimbledon
Day One of the Grand Slam tennis championship begins on Monday June 28th and after not being able to hold the event last year, so many fans and of course players are looking forward to watching and/or returning to the famous grass courts.
4. Finding time for learning a new skill (or brushing up on rusty ones)
For me, I am exploring business skills to add to my reportoire and looking forward as well for finding time to brush up my French. Examining areas in need of improvement which we know would enhance the life and relationships we love living provides the motivation to give something a try, choose to be a student again and remain open to the possibilities revealed.
5. Wearing linen and sprucing up the summer wardrobe
An ideal robe for summer – linen and knee-length. Easy to pack and wonderful for both morning and evening as well as over a swimsuit.
Weekend Max Mara Navy Cobra lien and cotton-blend blazer (all sizes available, 55% off)
6. Shop The White Company’s Summer Sale
This Linen Gauze Indigo-Stamp Scarf is 30% off
~An item I picked up as it was reduced to a great price: a wonderful layering piece for summer, organic-cotton Rib V-neck camisole (navy/white)
This Luddington Glass Vase is one I welcomed into my home last year, and currently it has a bouquet of peonies. Wonderful with tulips as well.
7. Visiting the weekly farmers’ market
From going just to stroll and see what farmers and artisans have available with nothing in particular in mind to pick up, to welcoming home a fresh bouquet of flowers, fresh mushrooms, vegetables and fresh berries, simply being out and about with the locals and the tourists is a special treat to savor during the summer.
8. Paddling as often as possible in the early mornings along the river
9. Delighting in the garden coming into full bloom
~Julia Child shrub rose~
10. Tending to one project around the house (or two) to tailor your sanctuary to your preferred daily routine and lifestyle.
Whether by visiting garage and yard sales and finding items to add your signature style to your home, or simply organizing and decluttering one room or closet in the house, then welcoming in an organizational system – such as as these chic baskets found on Etsy available in four different sizes – having the time to leisuring edit creates an even lighter feeling as life continues about its regular, yet easier pace during the summer months.
11. Adding a bit of France to your summer by purchasing Sharon Santoni’s August My Stylish French Box. The theme is Un Weekend à Saint-Tropez (A weekend in Saint-Tropez). See one of the brands below to be included in the summer 2021 box.
Wishing you a wonderful start to the summer season, and be sure to explore becoming a TOP Tier Subscriber as Thursday July 1st I will be settling into a new spot in my home to enjoy A Cuppa Moments with readers/viewers (as well as sharing progress on the bathroom and other customizations taking place this summer). Also, if you haven’t signed up for the free monthly newsletter yet, a new issue will be sent out this Friday. Learn more about the newsletter here and I will see you back here on Friday with a new This & That!