It’s been a great weekend,where we found the balance between work and play. Saying that, it is always relatively easy in this run up to the summer solstice. It always feels to me that the solstice – both winter and summer, brings a week or two of stillness, as though the seasons were rushing up to this turning point, and just for a moment everything hangs, everything is still, then the world turns and the next season rushes in.In the summer a lot of that feeling is to do with the fact all the planting is done, and things ease up a bit, and add in that there is lots of daylight in which to fit it all in.
So Friday, we went to the beach for breakfast, taking our faithful bucket barbecue, and it was fabulous at the beach. Only a couple of other people there, and so hot, we had to retreat home for some shade by eleven.
Saturday found us up early to deliver our son to his grandparents for a jolly. This put is in town on a hot sunny morning, and we walked by the river before settling at a bar for breakfast. Not a bad way to start the day.
We’ve taken to working on the kitchen renovation during the hot part of the day – our house being cave-like temperature wise. The evenings stretch out starting with another barbecue, then the watering then an evening walk once it is cool.
I think it is a way of life I could easily adapt to, even the getting up early bit. Up early, do something holiday like, but before everyone else gets there – leave when everyone else gets there, do some work, move indoors during the heat of the day, out for a tad more work, eating al fresco (under the shade of the clematis at midday) barbecues, an evening walk at 9pm. Begin and end every day on a high note.