I think we can all safely say: IT’S SUMMER!
I know this for a few reasons. Not just because the sun has got his hat on (hip hip hip hip hooray), but because of the way that people act on the first official day of summer.
So here’s my run down of the top 5 thing’s we’ve seen and done this weekend that tell me it’s officially summertime.
Let me know how many you did this weekend!
1. Going shopping for new clothes
I looked at that bright sunshine, checked my wardrobe for something suitable and started panicking. I didn’t seem to have anything to wear. So, we decided to go shopping. We seemingly weren’t alone in this novel idea.
Every shop was full of sweaty, half-naked shoppers. It’s also the first time that shops have been ridiculously busy since Christmas which also coincides with shops ‘forgetting’ where that air-con button is.
I decided that it’d be a good idea to venture into Primark for my summer workwear haul. <– Award for best idea ever? Probably not.
See my latest Vlog about my Primark haul to see what I got…
2. You can’t see the playground through the children
As soon as the sun comes out, so does the swarms of children on play equipment. Sometimes there are just so many children that you can’t actually see the play equipment. It’s hard to differentiate between the slides, swings and climbing frames through the throng of children. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare as would be near to impossible to keep track of them in that jungle.
Our park has an additional problem that it includes sand and water features. Most children decide to go in swimwear (sensible) and run round like crazy Sand-people, covered from head to toe. That’ll be a treat for the car journey home I’m sure!
Just two weeks ago, we went with our friends to be met with a deserted playground and were foolishly expecting a similar experience. This time, I saw my friend from across the playground and our eyes met with a mutual wide-eyed “Jesus Christ it’s busy” expression.
3. You can’t get into the ‘nice walk’ car park if you arrive too late
You can’t miss out on the first ‘going out for a nice walk’ day out somewhere nice… It would be a missed opportunity otherwise right?
But, if you don’t go early, don’t even think about going at all!
For the first day of proper ‘summer’, if you’re planning a nice walk out, don’t arrive at peak time, it’ll be heaving and you’ll run the risk of not getting car parking.
Our local ‘nice walk’ spot – a nature reserve – had to close their gates at midday as the car park was full. Both their normal fairly large car park and the overflow going onto grassy areas.
Smugly, I was looking at all of the fuming faces on the way out of the car park at 12, after arriving at 10am. Smug smug smug.
4. Hunt for the the suncream
Now, we know that we bought loads of factor 50 last year… but where on earth did we put it?
The sun cream hunt is then on to rummage through the cupboards – obviously at the last minute before going out. Luckily we found it in it’s now year old gunky self. Yummy.
I’m then presented with the task of chief masseuse to lather up a toddler, which was really simple… <– Said no parent ever.
5. Getting the garden ready
The lawn has been mowed, a few huge nasty weeds got rid of… our garden is now back to ‘manageable’. If we weren’t in the limbo of moving (date not yet set…) we’d probably be dusting off the outdoor patio stuff too and getting ready for a BBQ… but as it is, we’re indoor bound.
The common theme in all of these is that we all get to spend more quality time with our family when it’s sunny – and apparently with hundreds of other like-minded people. Whether that’s taking a shopping trip, going for a walk or letting the kids run wild, what at first seems like an magical idea soon transpires to be not so unique.