The summer holidays…finally at an end. This year the UK summer was extraordinary, I have to admit. Long periods of warm weather, blue skies, ice cream runs at work and everyone generally feeling good….if not slightly tetchy at the height of the heat 😜. The only thing missing was a refreshing ocean breeze. Living in a landlocked city I have developed a new appreciation for (sometimes a yearning for) the seaside! How did I get so landlocked!! The heat in such a city can be stifling – thank heavens for the paddling pool. I wasn’t ashamed to be jumping in it myself at the end of the day.
I also unashamedly bunked off a day at work and took my daughter out of school to head to the beach on a Monday! I mean who could face those crowds and traffic on a weekend? Did you see those photos on the news? Where is everybody’s concept of personal space?
I have found some absolutely beautiful areas of the UK and have become a true believer in exploring your own backyard first. The Gower peninsula in Wales is truly amazing…slightly familiar with its white sandy beaches, and rips in the tide and bush walk tracks to get down to a spectacular beach. Mesmerised by the waves sometimes one could easily transport to the other end of the world….Apart from the teabags I found on the rocks near our towels. This was a sure sign I was still in Britain.
Another quirky trend I have noticed over my observational years….the planning that goes into these summer holidays! All year the talk is about where you are going and where you went last year…..seriously does it matter? Is it this bad post kids in NZ? I know the busy beach places in NZ are booked out over New Years etc but there’s always somewhere nearby to go….squeeze onto someone’s lawn in Whangamata or at the Mount. What’s wrong with grabbing a tent at the last minute and heading to the lake….oh yeah it’s probably booked out!! I suppose that’s why it does matter. You have to get in early, or you miss out. No laid back kiwi attitude. One must be super organised and booked by January at the latest! Some even book the year before! I really need to pull my finger out to get this organised.
This organisation gene is also reflected in all weekend and holiday activities. No one seems to just hang out in their extortionately priced house and spontaneously decide to have a bbque . If you did, there would be no one readily available to join you. No. To do this one must book at least 6 weeks in advance. I will never get my head around this nor get my arse into gear early enough to host a bbque. I know other spontaneous people exist here somewhere. I just haven’t met them yet. I recently read Why Mummy Swears. There is a scene in it where the main character says to a couple of friends “let’s go out for a drink tonight” they gawp at her astonished that such a thing could be suggested, one even responds with “but we haven’t planned anything!”…..obviously there are some like minded souls there, so I will continue to search for the spontaneous few.
Now, as the nights draw in and the Facebook posts show clear, spring days in NZ, the Strictly Come Dancing launch show has aired…..hibernation time is near. The tent and bbque packed away until I begin to look at booking something in January! However, who knows maybe if I work on my organisational skills over the winter, by next summer I would’ve managed a bbque with some friends….maybe!