Today has, at last, truly and utterly felt summery. After a late start we treated ourselves to a ‘Happy Summer Holidays’ lunch at the posh cafe on the beach including perfectly thirst quenching zingy and freshly squeezed orange juice. The colours in the sky and the grass and the cliffs and the sand and the water were so…. just so. After a scrummy lunch we finally got round to doing something we’ve been meaning to do every summer’s day since we got here nearly 3 years ago. We hired a boat and sailed up the river! It was so much fun. I used to row a lot in the sea when I lived in Cornwall (that’s me fourth from the left – I rowed in the stroke seat) which is a whole different kind of fun and involved a bit more adrenalin, sweat and possibility of injury, but this was fun in a quiet sunday afternoon kind of way. We rowed all the way up river to Palmers Brewery where there’s a weir so it’s as far as you can go. Although I wouldn’t mind starting in town and rowing down the weir to the sea! Maybe next time. We may need to provide our own boat though. We passed the most perfectly positioned summer house and of course the lovely colourful riverside chalets in the bay. Back on dry land the colours were just stunning. Our neighbour’s garden and the pink marshmallow cottage next door were just unbelievable in the afternoon sun and my roses have come out a treat! I thought I’d killed them this winter but thanks to a bit of very vicious pruning by my mum they’re flowering better than ever.
And now, as I sit here writing this, there’s the most wonderful sunset. This is the view of Lyme Bay from my sofa. Lucky lucky me….
…and now it’s the holidays it’s time to make and stick to a routine or I get lost in 6 weeks of sleeping and lolling. So I’m going to try my hardest to do this every day, all summer long.
Oooh, how can I forget! We had our first swim of 2012 in the sea this afternoon. Normally by this time of year we’ve been in loads but the weather’s been so awful this was our first. And it was clear and warm and lovely. Here’s to many more…