There are always so many tempting things to do and buy, and I am always so full of good intentions. The long days and warmer temperatures have put me in the mood for making plans. This is a pipe dream list of things I might get up to this summer. It’s just around the corner, the world is our oyster, so indulge me…
Rent a beach hut
We often go to Southwold on the Suffolk coast which has a parade lined with dozens of colourful beach huts. I like to wander past having a nose inside at the happy sheltered people enjoying a cup of tea in an enamel mug. They are the very best of British, enjoying the beach no matter what.
I want to experience being one of those people huddled inside a beach hut, with the kettle on, dusting the sand off my feet.
There is no excuse because you can hire them all over the UK by the day or week.
Visit the Sky Garden
20 Fenchurch Street, or the Walkie Talkie, is one of the highest buildings in the City of London. It’s notable for being bigger at the top than at the bottom. And at the top, it has a garden. How nice. And it’s FREE.
All you need to do to go to the Sky Garden is to get your act together tickets are released on a Monday for the following week. Set your alarms.
Find magnificent summer dresses…that you can wear with a proper bra
The struggle is real, right? You know, dresses for holidays and hot days at home? Other people manage to find these heavenly floaty numbers, but not me. Tell me where they are hiding.
This is a bone of contention in the Perry household, and I’m not even suggesting proper camping.
I think this would be fun, Matt thinks it will be hell. It remains to be seen if I have the powers of persuasion to get it across the line.
We’re looking at Top of the Woods in Wales.
Throw a big summer BBQ
In my mind’s eye, this special event will fall on the hottest day of the year. The children and adults will frolick and chat and chuckle. We will drink Pimms with mint cut from my own garden, and eat salads chopped by my own hand. The garden will be festooned with fairy lights, and pixies will clear up afterwards.
Do the Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern
I love art and photography yet rarely make time to enjoy the best of what is on offer. It’s not an original passion, but Picasso is one of my favourites.
Picasso 192- Love, Fame Tragedy is at the Tate Modern is running until September, so we’re on a deadline.
Buy a one-piece swimming cozzie that I can sunbathe in
Let me be clear that I have absolutely NO RULES about which age you should stop wearing a bikini, never stop wearing one if that’s your fancy. But I feel like I would like the option of some tummy coverage.
Problem is, they can be either grannyish, or fashion-y. One shoulder and high neck cozzie’s are not good for tan lines (so funny, like I tan!!). The hunt is on.
Swim at the Thames Lido
The beautifully refurbished outdoor pool at the Thames Lido opened near me last year. It’s gorgeous. I’ve enjoyed many a coffee and meal there but have never been in the water. This needs to be rectified.
Visit a new seaside town
We live landlocked in Berkshire and go to Cornwall or Suffolk for our seaside fix. Where to next?
Whitstable and Margate in Kent have been on my to-do list forever. I’d also love to explore the beaches of north Norfolk, and I’ve been introduced to the charms of North Berwick in Scotland by the colourful Instagram feed of my friend @flamingofair.
Family Bike Ride
A bit like our magical summer BBQ this would naturally involve the four of us gliding serenely through woodland or along the towpath by the River Thames. Isn’t cycling just something a happy family should do together?
In real life, my son refuses to learn to ride a bike, and my husband is only marginally more interested in cycling than he is in glamping. Wish me luck.
I’ll update you on how I get on with my fantasy list of summer goals. What would you get up to, if time and money were no object?