Summer is a-cumin in
So it’s officially summer. That’s good. What’s your favourite season?
Let’s see how they measure up:
Occasional warm sunny weather, even in Britain
Wimbledon (must revise my mental list of singles winners: those confusing Williams sisters!)
Day trips out to nice places
Picnics, BBQs etc. Even I can tolerate an occasional barbecue (strange English custom)
Strawberries, raspberries, cherries
Sunlight through leaves
(Other people’s) gardens at their peak
The ancient “summer is a-cumin in” song, which reminds me of my father
Insects (we’re going to the Hebrides)
Difficulty in filling rotas because of other people’s summer holidays
The moral obligation to eat salad
The annual annoyance of shops advertising “back to school” clothes and stationery before the holidays have even started
Lawn mowing and hedge cutting
For those with school-age children, the hassle of arranging childcare
Changing trees – brown, gold and crunchy leaves
New dramas on TV – this is less prominent now that summer TV has improved
Re-discovering “cosy” and huddling round real or fake fires
Sunrise and sunset at civilised times to watch
The increasing attempts of shops to turn Hallowe’en into an orange Christmas
The ghastly commercial build-up to actual Christmas
For those who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (not me, I am fortunate) the dread of oncoming darkness and low mood
Rain, cold and fog
Advent and Christmas proper
Christmas lights, and candles generally
The right to eat comfort food without guilt
And to stay indoors with a book or box set
The beauty of frost and (more rarely) snow
Also of leafless trees
The optimistic prayers and list-making of New Year!
A really long holiday for large swathes of the nation, when things do actually stop, and one can rest
Boxing Day sales for the odd people who don’t want to stop
Crocuses and snowdrops
If it’s cold, concern for the homeless. The necessity for the Winter Shelter. If it’s mild, worry about global warming.
The difficulties and even dangers of frost and snow (burst pipes, icy roads etc)
Coughs and colds
Dreich and unpleasant weather for days on end
New flowers and later new leaves
The smell of hyacinths
Baby birds at the Lake
Lent and Easter
Optimism fading, and the realisation that you’re supposed to be happy in spring, but all the same problems are still there (but see Lent and Easter)
Dreich and unpleasant weather that ought to be over by now
Tax and other financial deadlines.
In fact, I haven’t got a favourite season. I just enjoy participating in them all, and watching them change.
What’s yours, and what can you add?
Love from the PPI Blogger