Summertime

Summertime

In the sunshine…

“Flowering shrubs swaying in the wind under warm setting sun” by Lukasz Szmigiel on Unsplash

It’s funny how much difference it makes to people’s moods when the sun is out. I mean, it’s only a burning ball in the sky but the changes it causes in the human psyche can be mind boggling.

We all know we’ve had those days when it’s grey and rainy out, and all of our get up and go seems to instantly get up and leave us; the sort of days when all you want to do is curl up under a blanket and hide from the world.

And then, there are days like today, when everything just seems better and anything is possible. Blue skies just make things better. There’s no scientific way to describe things like this. I mean, I know about the different chemicals, but there’s just something about sunshine that gives you this feeling and that feeling isn’t something that can be put into words.

I know everything is relative, I mean, let’s face it, if you’re living in California, then, chances are, sunshine doesn’t excite you quite as much, but for me, living in Wales, where a little over 90% of the time, it’s raining; sunshine is exciting!

Summer should be about sunshine, sunbathing, cold drinks and ice cream. It should be about sitting outside until it starts to go dark, trying to soak up the last few rays of sun.

The heatwave we’re having at the moment is wonderful, and I’d like to reiterate my request that, should you feel like complaining about the heat in front of me, it might be best if you prepare to be bitch slapped upside the head, because I love this weather, and come on, people! We’ve been complaining all winter about the rain — we can’t now expect to be able to complain about the sun!

Just grab another ice cream, a sun shade, and a good book and make the most of it while it lasts!


Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.

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