The summer holidays are here! Here’s how to make the most out of the sunshine.
Living in the UK comes with that exciting opportunity of lapping up five minutes’ sunshine at short notice, and then complaining about it being too hot. In actual fact, I’m much more of an Autumn fan – but a bit of sunshine can go a long way in cheering you up.
Whilst it is technically the summer holidays, the sunshine aspect hasn’t quite hit the mark. I recently saw a video from Hall & Woodhouse’s Badger Beers that gave me serious shed-envy (is that even a thing?), where they created the ultimate beer and BBQ all-in-one shed:
We can’t all afford the £40k needed to build such an amazing shed, but there are a few things we can do to make the most out of those rare days of sunshine and enjoy the outdoors! Such as…
Go For A Picnic
If the weather predicts a day of sunshine, why not pack a picnic and head to the nearest park? My current hot spot is Whitworth Park in Manchester, as it’s easy to get to via public transport and is really lovely. It’s also situated right by the museums, so it makes for the perfect day out.
Grab the beers, make some sandwiches, and head on out. It also makes for a cheap day, so is great towards the end of the month when you may have pretty much spent all of your salary!
Have A BBQ
Alternatively, why not go all out and have your own BBQ? It’s not even about having the expensive gas barbecue’s either. Disposable ones are super-cheap and make minimal mess, so are great for those who fancy a one-off treat.
Invite some friends over, and you could even ask them to bring some things for the BBQ – make it a group effort! As a child, I remember my parents used to make BBQ’d bananas in syrup. Whilst it may not sound the best on paper, trust me – it was amazing.
Unwind With a Book
It’s simple and obvious, but just go outside and enjoy the sunshine! Whether you just want to sit down and bathe in the rare sunshine, make the most out of it.
I’ve found myself reading a lot more recently, and with ‘The Shock Of The Fall’ I found myself enjoying the book much more when I was sat outside in the garden, or in the courtyard at work. It’s amazing how just a little bit of sunshine can make you feel better.
If you have a garden, then sunny days are your opportune moment to get growing. Whether it’s plants, fruit, or herbs – grow something and turn your garden into an oasis of greenery.
Even if you don’t have much of a garden, you can still buy herb kits that can be grown out of the pots they’re sold in. Also, growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great feeling and they could also go excellently well with your BBQs and picnics!
Make The Most Out Of The Outdoors!
Like I say, living in the UK means we have to take full advantage of those times when the sun decides to appear. Even if its just sitting outside, or going for a little walk, being surrounded by a brighter-environment can have a massive impact on your mood and well-being.
What do you enjoy doing during the summer days? Make sure you let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Badger Ales. Their ales have been brewed in the heart of the Dorset countryside since 1777 by independent brewers Hall and Woodhouse. They brew a range of quality beers and believe in always trying to make beer time as good as it can be.