Life Rambles: Summer Plans

Now that the sun has finally arrived, and we are properly into June it really does feel like summer is just around the corner. Which is so a good thing, I think. I mean I’m trying to ignore the fact that we are flying through the year and instead focus on the fun that this time of year brings. And that’s what I’m sharing today, my summer highlights. All those little moments and plans that are coming my way over then next three months.

Long afternoons in a pub garden

Imean seriously is there anything better? Sipping cider or glasses of Pimms, munching on delicious pub food, and chatting late into the day. There are a couple of newly updated pubs in Streatham that I am keen to check out. One of them has a lovely looking pub garden full of twinkly lights that will be perfect for late night chats.

A week off in July to explore the UK

Which is actually pretty close right now. Although I still haven’t decided what to do! There’s talk of trips to Wales and the Isle of Wight but whatever we decide there will definitely be plenty of relaxation and puppy cuddles, obviously!

Weekend barbecues in Surrey

Evans barbecues are legendary so I want to make sure I fit in as many of these as I possibly can. Hooray for chilli prawns, ribs and all the potato salad imaginable. So far I have only one in the diary, but it’s an Evans family gathering, which is bound to be pretty epic. But I really must schedule a couple more ASAP.

Twenty20 cricket at The Oval

The last time I was at The Oval was about 10 years ago, where I was pouring pints for The Ashes series. While that was a lot more fun than you would think I am definitely looking forward to being a spectator and enjoying more of the cricket this time.

Visiting Tooting Bec Lido

I’ve lived near this for almost two years and I’ve still not managed to visit. The fact that Sherlock and Watson have been there should be enough to prompt a visit. Never mind the fact that I enjoy swimming and that it’s an outdoor lido. Here’s hoping for a warm weekend soon so that I can take advantage of the sunshine and while away an afternoon in the water in the sunshine.

Spending time with family visiting from Australia

My Aunt and Uncle are visiting this summer so I’m looking forward to catching up with them. Emails, phonecalls and Instagram charts are really no substitute for face to face catch ups.

Exploring London parks

London has so many lovely parks, and yet I always stick to the same ones. This summer I’d like to venture further afield and visit more of the green spaces that my city has to offer. I’m hoping I can make some trips to Green Park and St James’ Park after work and then spend my weekends exploring Hampstead Heath.

Friday summer hours

One of the best perks of working where I work is the summer hours scheme. This means that you can take Friday afternoon off as long as you make up the time during the rest of the week. Which is actually easy done, as I tend to arrive for work 30 minutes early every day anyway. So for the summer months this actually works in my favour. I’m already a couple of weeks into this, and i’m loving it. I’ve managed to organise various appointments for this time, plus I’m also enjoying starting my weekend half a day early. If only this perk was a year round perk, how great would that be?

Half Marathon training

I’ve signed up for my fourth Half Marathon in October so i’ll start training for that in July. In hindsight this wasn’t my best plan as I’m not a fan of running in the heat. But I have always wanted to do the Royal Parks Half so there is a plus side. I’m raising money for BookTrust here if anyone fancies donating to a good cause.

So there we have it, my summer plans and I’m so excited about all of them. Hooray for sunshine (hopefully) and plans with family and friends and new adventures. What are you lovely lot up to? Do you have a big trip planned or are you staying and exploring things closer to home?

Laura xx