I don't have a favourite season. There are things I love about each one, and things I don't. But on the first day of summer I'm thinking of all the things I love about the hot part of the year. There are so many, from the coolness of the early morning when the sky is the hard blue that tells you it is going to be a scorcher, to sipping cocktails in the long warm twilight of a summer evening. Here are a few thoughts:
Summer Fruit - peaches, nectarines, cherries, berries, mangoes that are so ripe and full of flavour that the juice runs down your arms in sticky trails while you eat them.
Long days - daylight for hours and hours. From the cool of the early morning, through the scorching midday when you retreat to the air conditioning, only to venture out in the long lingering warmth of summer evenings.
Ice creams - eaten fast so that they don't melt, cooling after a long walk.
Bare legs and arms - lily white from winter hibernation, they are released. Fresh air on bare limbs and bright painted toenails in open toed sandels.
Summer Storms - excitement of thunder and lightening followed by the refreshing cool, clean post rain air.
Picnics - under shady trees in gorgeous gardens, by the lake, or at the beach. Lazing on a picnic blanket eating delicious morsels while reclining in luxuriant relaxation.
And so much more ...
What do you love about summer?