Hello weekend, I’m so pleased to see you! As ever, I’m looking forward to taking a break from the daily grind and doing all my favourite things. Here’s a little list of pick-me-ups that I hope you’ll love too.
Celebrate the Summer Solstice
Today is the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. The idea of midsummer in the middle of one of the wettest Junes in memory may feel a little ironic, but don’t let that drag you down. If anything, the wet weather should make us even more determined than ever to make the most of every bit of summer we get. Celebrate midsummer by going out for an evening stroll or bike ride. If your outing includes a cold beer or an ice cream in the sunshine, then all the better.
Apricots are in season now and they are utterly delicious. I bought an enormous bag from my local market for £2.50 and the children have been gobbling them down ever since. Soft but not sticky, sweet but subtle – could you ask for a better soft fruit? Enjoy them just as they are, or try making a compote to enjoy with natural yoghurt and honey.
Bake a Lemon Drizzle Cake
Lemon drizzle is the most perfect cake for the Summer Solstice weekend! It always makes me think of warm summer days. My favourite recipe is this one by Mary Berry, which is super easy and never fails me. It’s lovely with a cup of tea or coffee, or served as as simple pudding with some whipped cream.
Dress of the week
The wet weather has made summer dressing an effort. I’ve been wearing a lot of drab colours, which feels rather sad in June. Well, no more. I’ve decided it’s time to wear my pretty dresses again, even if I have to wear a jumper over the top. My dress of the week has to this one by Boden. The off-the-shoulder style is so flattering and summery – plus it’s one of those versatile little numbers you can dress up or down. It’s currently £39 in the sale, which makes it even better!
Bring summer indoors with scented blooms
British flowers are at their best right now. You can’t go wrong with a bunch of scented stocks. They smell amazing and come in the prettiest of pastel colours.