I’m not a summer person, most of my nearest and dearest know this fact. Not sure how they know, unless it’s my whining as the summer heat sets in and I start to feel like it will never be cool again. I haven’t had as much to whine about the past couple summers since its been pretty comfortable here in Southern California. So, with that in mind I’ve decided to embrace the season, slow down and take time to read more, spend time in the garden, dine out on the patio more, relax, sip iced tea or, if it’s 5:00 p.m., something refreshing and seasonal like a vodka tonic with lime.
To help me get in the mood…here are some images that make it feel like summer and inspires me to work on my attitude!
This image appeals to me, and I do currently have a bicycle in our garage (although it doesn’t have a cute basket attached), it makes me want to enjoy a ride around the neighborhood. However, the neighborhood is rather hilly and a bike ride like that will undoubtedly make me feel hot, so maybe I won’t. 🙂 (Am I whining again?)
There are other activities that I associate with summer. When I was growing up we had a very large “side” yard. I’m not sure if our lot was a 2-lot location or if the builder of the tract of houses felt the “side” yard wasn’t large enough to build a house on and tacked it on to our home. In any event we used to play croquet in the side yard at every family summer barbecue, birthday celebration and holiday. I loved this sport and wish my current back yard had a more level playing field for croquet.
Joni over at Cote de Texas posted about her Pottery Barn vs. Kooboo chairs some time ago…this [below] is her outdoor use of those chairs and it was an image that inspired me to make better use of my outdoor garden space and to purchase a set of Kooboo chairs for my patio dining table HERE.
I believe this is a French Kissed image…I love the pea gravel and comfortable seating under the shade of a tree…I’m currently attempting to create the same look in our back yard. I’ll show you pics once I get the pea gravel installed.
There are so many activities that feel like summer, dining alfresco is one of them…I must make an effort to do this more often.
When entertaining in summer there are a wide array of little things that can enhance the appeal of the food and beverage.
image via Country Living via Party Resource
Another of my favorite spring / summer activities is work in the garden. I understand how this isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but I find such a comfort from digging in the dirt and am always relaxed once I’ve clocked in some time in the garden.
image via Content in a Cottage
Polished Pebble always has some inspiring images on her blog (her yard in Ojai, California)
I’ve always wanted to grow this variety of primulas…primrose.
In the famous words of Nike ads, Just Do It (summer)!
Linda Coble said:
WOW! What fantastic photos but why so few of your yard? I’ve always considered it a showplace. Once again you’ve inspired me to dust off those gardening tools and get busy outside. Thank you!
I will try to get busy and take more pictures of my yard. We are hoping to install the pea gravel in the fall and I’ll make sure to take some before and after once we make a few of the changes we are wanting to make.
Karen, like you, I love spending as much time outside as possible, especially in the summer. Eating outside is a special treat since it’s usually too windy in my backyard to do that. I’m envious of your protected yard with its’ variety of vignettes. It’s pleasant to be out there almost any time of year!
I loved all the beautiful pictures – I’ll take the porch with all the white hydrangeas in the yard!
French Kissed said:
I am delighted that you have been inspired by the little pea gravel garden that I helped my client design in preparation for a photo shoot. I can’t wait to see photos of your interpretation…I know it will be wonderful.
Thanks for the inspiration with your image…I will post my interpretation sometime in September.
You made me smile.
So happy you stopped by!