This summer has been an absolute blast for me! Sunshine and hot temperatures since April and I can’t get enough of it. A summer that I thought I could just dream of – especially now that I don’t have to go to school anymore and can really enjoy my free time.
I also work in a beer garden where we only open when it’s good weather and that means I already worked a lot (but also that you are bloody sweaty after 9 hours of dragging crates and making coffee.
Since I am going to the southern hemisphere at the end of September I am going to escape fall and winter in Germany and enjoy another wonderful spring and summer and the amazing weather in Australia. Which means one and a half year of good weather and lots of sunshine for me – can’t complain about that!
Sunshine! It’s proven that vitamin D (which our bodies produce with the help of sunlight) increases our energy and level of happiness and I can immediately feel that when sunbeams touch my skin.
Watering our garden barefoot! One of my favorite things to do in our garden (next to chilling at the pool obviously :D ) is walking barefoot through our garden, feel the grass underneath my feet, the warm earth between my toes, carrying a watering can and watering our flowers, tomato-, strawberry-, raspberry- and zucchini plants. The only problem is that you need to have an eye on the ground because last year I stepped on a bee and got stung in my toe and couldn’t properly walk for two weeks…
Laying in the sun at our pool! (or at the lake/ beach) Reading books, eating tons of watermelon and drinking homemade smoothies or milkshakes. Jumping in the pool to refresh. That’s how I could spend every day.
Eating outside! Something that we haven’t done a lot this year because there are a lot of wasps this summer, but it’s still one of my favorite things to do. Soaking in some morning sun sitting at our watercourse and enjoying the peace. Or having dinner with the family, eating garden tomatoes and zucchini or vegan sausages from the barbecue.
Hot summer rain! After a beautiful sunny morning, clouds overcast the blue blue sky and it starts to rain. It’s still warm outside, the ground is heated up but the raindrops slowly cool down the air and it smells like hot summer rain.
Eating fresh fruits and veggies! From our garden, freshly picked or grown under the south European sun. That’s what I could eat all day long. Watermelon, Strawberries, Mangoes, Grapefruit, Raspberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Blackberries, Grapes, Blueberries…
Dry in the sunshine! The tingling feeling of ocean or pool water evaporating by the heat and sunshine.
Riding my bike on mild afternoons! The sun is about to set, painting the sky in red, orange, violet and pink colors. Warm air is caressing my naked skin and blows through my hair. And I am just driving through the silent streets and not wanting to arrive at my destination.
Doing Yoga in the grass! Feeling the earth underneath, being grounded and touched by the sunlight.
Summertime means vacation time & traveling! Two or three weeks in another country, on the road with my family. Laying at the beach, exploring streets and enjoying life.
Sleeping with windows wide open! Hearing the birds in the morning, the wind blowing through the trees and smelling the uprising day.
Short pans and dress weather! Not having to put on jackets or shoes before going outside, wearing bikinis all day and just putting on a dress and sandals and your good to go.
The Smell of Summer! Sunscreen, chlorine, saltwater, seaweed, freshly mown grass, homemade strawberry jam, flowers, warm earth, fruit, hay and fields, summer rain…
I know that there are some people who are already done with all the heat and wish for some colder temperatures, but I’m totally fine with that. Especially when we have some warm summer rain here and there – that smell is just incredible, right?