This year the Summer has been already amazing, with plenty of sunny days and warm evenings. School holidays have started and everyone is slowing down, myself included. So my post is all about lovely things that might inspire you.
My Summer evening picnic
Why not spend some time outside? when it's still warm at 7.30pm. We're very lucky to have the beautiful South Downs right on our doorstep, so we recently did just that. It was spontaneous and without any expectations. One of my friends suggested it instead of a pub garden, so we headed up there with blankets, lanterns, food (mainly crisps, strawberries and chocolate) and our favourite tipples. Work, family and busy lives mean you have to grab these opportunities when they come along. It was the sheer feeling of freedom, watching the sun set and moon rise, which made it a very magical time.
Apple Tree Cabin
If you don't live in Sussex, why not come down and visit Lewes? My friends Georgina and Martin Butcher have built a beautifully finished wooden cabin, which is for rent on Airbnb. It has been designed and created from locally sourced reclaimed wood and materials. It's a unique space, which offers everything you need for a relaxing break and very close to the spot where we had our picnic. Just ask Georgie and Martin where Jill's Pond is. You can walk up in about 10 minutes and look all over Lewes. It's truly stunning. You can find out more about Apple Tree Cabin here.
My Summer playlist
My Summer read
'The Power' by award wining author Naomi Alderman, is a book with raving reviews. Apparently, if you enjoyed 'The Handmaid's Tale' (The TV series is currently running on Channel 4), this is the book for you. It's full of great characters that pull you into the story, along with being thought provoking and not for the faint-hearted.
My Summer festival recommendation
The Good Life Experience (link), 15th - 17th September, is a wonderful festival celebrating the great outdoors, crafting, story telling, music, dancing, campfire cooking, vintage fairground rides and so much more for the whole family. Now in its fourth year, the festival was founded by musician and writer Cerys Matthews, record industry and art consultant Steve Abbott, farmers and authors Charlie & Caroline Gladstone, who also run Pedlars. Entertainment and activities are aimed at adults and children alike, which makes this family festival extra special. We went last year and loved every minute!
Wishing you all amazing Summer holidays.
Dörte x (@lewesmap)
Few of my Summer essentials
(All photos by @lewesmap)