Those of you who were (lucky? unlucky?) enough to experience the well-documented and overly-sympathised heat wave last week will agree with me when I say that summer has well and truly kicked in. This year I expected to be joining the hoards of commuters crowding London's pavements at 6pm each day with a glass of beer in hand, what with it being my first summer away from education in a grown-up job. Alas, I've found myself with one and a half weeks left of work and a whole summer to enjoy before a very tough training year kicks in mid-September. Being a lover of lists and nostalgia, I've decided to create a Summer Bucket List and will do my very best to tick as many of these wishful endeavours as possible. Roll on the sunshine!
2 // Finish branding my candles and start reaching out to stockists.
3 // Start a sewing project (and finish it).
4 // Go to a fairground and ride a rollercoaster that makes me feel sick.
5 // Read five novels (preferably in the sunshine).
6 // Visit Blickling Hall or Felbrigg Hall with Muma and drink tea in the Orangery.
7 // Have a picnic once a week, whether by the sea, a river, in the woods or a field.
8 // Take friends to Sea Palling and have a fire with marshmallows on sticks.
12 // Switch from Blogger to Wordpress.
13 // Spend a day at the spa to recover from stress of No. 12.
17 // Spend the day photographing and writing in the grounds of Southside House, Wimbledon.
19 // Try out three recipes from my French Patisserie book.
20 // Spend an evening playing nostalgic PS2 video games with my brother.
23 // Check the weather. If it's nice, grab the tent and go camping.
25 // Have a crabbing competition at Walberswick. (I'm looking at you Jenny!)
26 // Visit Cornwall for the first time (eating all the seafood and wearing all the Breton stripes)
27 // Cycle around on my beautiful bike as much as possible rather than getting the bus.
I'm sure there are lots more I could add (and lots I might struggle to do!) but I'm nothing if not ambitious and after all it's the memories that matter most, however big or small.
What would you have on your summer bucket list?