We just had one of those lazy, summer days! You know…the simple ones that you couldn’t plan to be as perfect as they were. It started with a big, family cycle, followed by ice cream and a lazy play at our local park. Although we didn’t actually head to the park…we stayed in the woodland; lay on blankets, climbed trees and rolled down the grass – the kids obviously, not us! The two of us lay in the sun on a blanket, smelling the freshly cut grass and talking life. Ordinary stuff but important – with a few giggles along the way. It sounds like something out of a summer postcard but I kid you not – those few hours today were amongst the most perfect we’ve had this summer.
If you’re anything like me, and I’m hoping I’m not totally weird here…I carry my secateurs most places and so, we gathered and foraged a few bits and bobs along our way this afternoon. Alongside a few pickings from our garden I came home and made a wreath from the gatherings. This moss ring is perfect as you don’t need any wire or tape. (I used it in my dried hydrangea wreath a couple of years ago). It is simply a matter of threading the stalks through the clear threads until you are happy with how all the flowers and greenery sit together in your arrangement. I sometimes think that creating wreaths is more about standing back and observing how all the flowers go together than it is about ‘the plan’!!
Then if you’re happy, it’s done. There’s no right or wrong – simply what you like.
So here is my summer advice for you mamas who have read this far! Just get outside. Forget about the park and structured activities…go find a secluded corner where you can lie on a blanket and feel the heat in your bones. Let the children play around and about you (dependent on age obviously!) and watch how they make games out of nothing and giggle and play and ask you to stay when it’s time to leave. I found it magical and lovely and was so, so, content.
I’ll maybe not make this one into a pinterest list of summer activities – don’t think it’d be that much of a hit – with it’s one suggestion 😉 Let me know if you heed my advice and how it goes for you, I’d love to hear!!!
And don’t forget to pack those secateurs…