Creativity Seasonal Pastimes

10 Summer Pastimes

24th July 2015

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It’s time for warm sunshine, packing for the holidays, ice cold drinks, sun cream, freckles, pretty dresses, sandals, crisp blue skies and the smell of cut grass. I love the summer months and today I’m sharing a few things I’ll be doing to seek inspiration and celebrate the season.

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1. A picnic with a view

I love packing up a basket of treats and heading out for a lazy afternoon. There’s nothing quite like relaxing outdoors with good food and good company. My favourite places to open my picnic blanket are under a large shady tree or by the river. Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend!

2. Go on a bike ride

I’m the first to admit I don’t do this often enough, which is strange because Oxford is famous for bikes. But when I do dust off my bike I love to ride along the river, stopping at the country pubs along the way. This year I’d like to explore a little further afield, perhaps taking in some of the scenic country paths.

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3. Make some new friends

The longer days and lighter evenings make socialising a delight, so why not meet up with a few kindred spirits where you live? You could even organise a meet-up of like-minded folk. I recently organised the Oxford Instameet with Independent Oxford. It was brilliant fun and utterly inspiring! Further reading: the inspiration and joy of creative friendships.

4. Head to the seaside

It wouldn’t feel like summer without a day or two by the coast. The sea breeze, crashing waves and sense of space are good for the soul.

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5. A wardrobe update

When the weather changes, I like to treat myself to something new – hello marvellous espadrilles! Just one or two items make my wardrobe feel exciting again and it’s fun to experiment with a few colours and styles I haven’t tried before.

6. Switch off and get outside

There’s no excuse to be sat in front of a screen when the outdoors is calling. So perhaps take an afternoon or an entire weekend to switch off and recharge. If this is not something you usually do you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes! Further reading: the joy of spending time offline.

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7. Hold a garden party

Summer is the time for relaxed outdoor living, so make sure you keep your diary clear for all those seasonal invitations. Just don’t forget your sun cream! Further reading: six simple tips to dress an outdoor dining space.

8. Enjoy an ice cream

When was the last time you enjoyed an ice cream? If you prefer strawberry, mint choc chip or even salted caramel there’s no better way to celebrate the summer.

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9. Treat yourself

This season, I’ve been enjoying Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede which is a perfectly sweet scent for the summer months. If you fancy a new lipstick or a summery scent now is a great time to indulge.

10. Get creative

I’ve been spending more time than ever pursuing creative projects. Giving myself the time and space to get lost in creativity has been marvellous. To enjoy a little creativity, you could pop to your local craft shop and see what things inspire you. Or perhaps try flower arranging as I did last summer. Further reading: the importance of trying new things.

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  • Reply Ingrid Orens 24th July 2015 at 6:18 am

    I love that first photo !! Where is it taken ?
    Your summer looks quite similar to mine, when I read your tips… Especially the ice cream – daily routine in summer 😉 !!

    • Reply Candy Pop 25th July 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thank you, it's the band stand in Brighton. An ice cream a day sounds good to me!

  • Reply 24th July 2015 at 8:46 am

    Love all the options! Summertime is made of beauty and nice choses! Your bodem's espadrille are so nice. Happy summer!!

  • Reply Victoria - Florence and Mary 24th July 2015 at 10:56 am

    All I can think is that I want an ice cream sundae now… despite it pouring with rain outside!

    Victoria x

  • Reply Lobster and swan 24th July 2015 at 4:19 pm

    So much pretty in your pictures, I love the ice cream one so much! 🙂

    • Reply Candy Pop 25th July 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thank you Jeska, have a lovely day.

  • Reply Emyii Rankin 24th July 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Wow amazing pictures =]

  • Reply floral and feather 25th July 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Lots of pretty pictures and inspiration. Thanks for sharing!
    Zoe | floral and feather

    • Reply Candy Pop 25th July 2015 at 6:18 pm

      You're welcome, thanks Zoe!

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