My Summer Bucket List

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Yesterday marked the official start of summer, and with blue skies aplenty and a heatwave on the horizon, I have to admit that I am very excited about it. I always find that summer goes by in a bit of a blur, and that before we've had the time to really stop and savour it, the leaves are turning and the shops are reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner. I'm determined not to let that happen this year though - our summer plans are looking a lot less hectic than the past few years, and I'm taking that as an opportunity to really embrace and enjoy this season.

To keep me on track, I thought I'd create a little summer bucket list - a go to cheat sheet for those sunny Sundays when you really can't decide what to do, or for the weeks when I need reminding of everything that summer has to offer. And I thought I'd share it with you all too in case you need a little bit of inspiration on how to spend this beautiful season. Mine is very Yorkshire focussed, but hopefully it will be a starting point for your very own list...

  • Go strawberry picking, and then use the berries to make a giant Eton mess and a summery gin and tonic.
  • Have as many BBQs in our back garden as the Yorkshire weather allows.
  • Visit the British seaside and be brave enough to dip my toes in the icy water.
  • Get drunk on fruity cider in a beer garden. Because that's what summer is for, right?!
  • Read a couple of books that are set during the summer - if you have any recommendations, please let me know!
  • Spend a long weekend by the sea in Anglesey, making the most of the great outdoors (come rain or shine).
  • Enjoy a date night in the sunshine.
  • Watch some live music. I have some shows in the diary already, but I'd love to squeeze in even more.
  • Go camping! It's been years since Sam and I slept under the stars, but it's firmly on the list for this year.
  • Drink plenty of Aperol spritzes - the ultimate summer drink.
  • Do some yoga. I'm currently working my way through Yoga With Adriene's series and loving it.
  • Watch the sunrise and the sunset as often as possible.
  • Go stand up paddle boarding again.
  • Keep the plants in our garden alive. Easier said than done, I'm sure.
  • Catch a proper sun tan, freckles and all.
  • Go to an outdoor movie showing, and take a picnic along for the ride.
  • Make some smores. This has been on my summer bucket list for years, so I need to tick it off before September rolls around!
  • Ride a rollercoaster.
  • Get the most out of our National Trust membership by visiting at least 3 properties.
  • Visit a farmer's market and buy all of the ingredients to cook a seasonal meal.

What's on your summer bucket list?