Thursday, November 24, 2016
The Positives of Summer
After a lovely cool (almost cold) snap last week, summer has today returned. I may have mentioned before that it's not my favourite season. However, I don't like to dwell on the negative, so last year I tried hard to see the good in this season and I almost came to like it as much as the others. I'm putting that into practice again this year by taking notice of the simple things that make this season what it is - the things I enjoy that are unique to summer.
Organisation - I hate getting very hot whilst feeding the chickens and milking the cow of the morning, and as in our part of Australia the sun can have quite a bite before 8 o'clock, it makes me far more organised in the mornings. I get in and get things done before the day starts to heat up
Sourdough - Whilst I mightn't enjoy summer that much, my sourdough absolutely loves it. Bubbly, quick activating sourdough makes me happy
Reading - Due to the heat, knitting is off the cards except in the early morning and evening. This leaves any slots of free time in the hotter parts of the day open to other activities that my passion for knitting makes me inadveradely sideline at other times of the year. Reading is one of them, and coupled with it is the pleasure in visiting the air conditioned library in the middle of the hot day. After enjoying watching Agatha Raisin on TV, I picked up the books when I found them at the library. M C Beaton has found her way onto my favourite authors' list with her humorous, light hearted writing that is a joy to experience. I've polished off the Travelling Matchmaker series, along with a few from her The Poor Relation series and this one, this one and this one of the Agatha Raisin series. I'd happily read them all again
Fruit - I think summer is the best fruit season up here in the north. Watermelons, mangoes and lychees are grown locally, and as we luckily live in the sub tropics, we've also access to locally grown stone fruit at the markets sometimes (grown in a cooler, frostier area a little away from us)
And then there's the joy I feel when this season departs. Probably not the nicest thing to say (sorry, summer!), but reality is that I would probably take autumn for granted if it was here for half of the year. Instead I enjoy every single minute of it.
How do you feel about summer?
What are some of the things particular to this season that you enjoy?
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