Happy 1st of May! With the coming of one of my favourite months, we can safely say that Summer is almost upon us, and can start making plans for those hazy, lazy, crazy days (yes, I am definitely keeping my fingers crossed and keeping my tongue firmly in check as I make that statement, but after a Winter filled with beasts, we are definitely due some beauty in the weather stakes.) As I am typing this, the sun is shining and it really seems like a good time to put some plans into place that will make the forthcoming season productive and successful.
There are certain things that are just better to do in Summer, so I have rounded up some of those things.
Sell Your Home
Summer is a great time to sell your home. Your garden is in full bloom. The sun is shining which always makes everything look brighter and better, and for people who want to move, living out of boxes is so much easier when the sun is shining. With the market in real estate currently improving, now could be a great time to get the estate agent in for a valuation, and you could start to make plans for that dream move. If you are not planning to move, but just want to give your home some sort of upgrade, again Summer, with its warmer temperatures, is the best time to get painting and decorating – having all those windows open is much better on a warm day, and is also a better time to look at more structural work like getting windows replaced, or having a loft conversion.
Start a Blog
The internet may be awash with blogs at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a go at starting one yourself. A blog could be a great way of expressing yourself, sharing your opinions, or even sharing prose, poetry or short stories to a wider audience.
It could be an online diary that you use to share your summer travel stories , as Summer is definitely a time when you tend to travel more, and if you have beautiful photography you could also link it to an Instagram feed.
Blogs are something that anyone can do, and they come in a range of styles, from the very word orientated, to the more picture focused, and can be about anything from style, to lifestyle, parenting to sport. With the World Cup just a month away, maybe you could get your football obsessed youngster to start a football blog, or you could get your child to set up a free blog using a platform like WordPress to write the story of their summer holidays – perfect for those wet afternoons.
Travel and Explore
Summer is a wonderful time to travel and explore, and this can be traveling to new places both home and abroad. A Summer holiday is a great way to recharge the batteries and to relax, whilst a city break can help you get you cultural fix. But traveling doesn’t have to mean costing a fortune, nor does it have to involve getting on an aeroplane. So many people never look at the beauty in the place where they live, or enjoy their surroundings.
Look at your local area – there are museums you will never have visited, parks you have never spent time in, local walks and areas of interest that you probably pass in your car every single day on your way to work. On a nice sunny day, get out and explore and enjoy your local area – you might be surprised at what you may find.
A little retail therapy
As someone who is a little shopping obsessed, I think there is nothing better than a little retail therapy on a lovely Summer’s Day. But shopping does not have to mean an air conditioned shopping centre or mall, it can mean looking for antiques in a market town, browsing the many book stores in Hay on Wye, or, on a Sunday morning, a potter around a car boot sale in a farmer’s field. Combine it with a traditional Ploughman’s lunch in a Country pub and you have the makings of a perfect Summer’s day.
What plans do you have this Summer?