Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Summer is coming.

Happy hump day everyone! It is absolutely gorgeous weather we're having here in the UK, perfect spring weather. However, I'm hearing the temperatures are supposed to be going up over the next few weeks which means Summer is coming!


I love the British summer time! It's honestly my favourite time of year. It reminds me so much of home. In Australia, summer temperatures can get into the 40's (Celsius) which is ridiculously hot. I was never the biggest fan of Aussie summers. I preferred to stay indoors and keep cool and only come outside to use our family swimming pool or once the cool change was starting to come in. I have many fond memories of having barbecues for dinner every night and eating out on the back patio as the cool change came in in. I used to stay outside with my dad after dinner, drinking a cold beer, listening to cicada's buzzing, until the sun had gone in. I was always happy in those moments. British summer is more like the Australian spring with temperatures hitting around the mid 20's, sometimes even high 20's. It's the perfect temperature in my opinion. Not too hot that I can't stand being outside but also not too chilly that we can't stay outside for hours on end. In Australia, I loved every season for different reasons. In England, I only really like spring and summer because of the warmer weather. Don't get me wrong, I prefer colder weather but autumn and winter here is just very grey, wet and depressing. Despite loving spring and summer here, I have a massive problem with them. I get homesick.

The weather being so sunny, warm and perfect just makes want to get outside, paddle my feet in the pool, sit out drinking coldies and have barbecues nearly every night with my family. Of course, I can't do any of that. Our current place only has a front yard, not a back yard, and the yard is on a slope. We have no where to keep a barbecue or to place it while using it, therefore we don't own one. We can't have tables and chairs outside because of the angle of the lawn and we can't have a paddling pool for the kids, for the same reason. Plus, the lack of privacy and the high probability of someone stealing our stuff overnight. It makes me sad that everything that I loved about spring/summer as a child/teen/young adult, I can't give to my kids and I can't enjoy myself. I find myself desperate to go to Jordan's parents more often during this time of year because we can sit outside at theirs and they have a barbecue that we can use. Of course, we can't just keep inviting ourselves up to have barbecues because they have jobs and lives of their own, so we only really get to have maybe one or two barbecues with them per year. I call it my Aussie gene; the reason I crave barbecues and lazing around outdoors in the warmth but honestly, it's just me being homesick. I admit I get more depressed than I actually should during summer and that is purely because I miss home so much during the warmer weather. Despite that though, I try and enjoy the warmer seasons and get out as often as possible with the family. I can't give them the wonderful childhood I had just yet but that doesn't mean we can't find other ways to enjoy summer.

Until next time,
Alli xo
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