Summer adventures & treats

Books & Music Summer Wanderlust & Adventures

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.

 

Lewes Map Store, Summer picnic on the South Downs

 

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.

 

Lewes Map Store, South Downs picnic, wild flower

 

Lewes Map Store, Summer picnic on the South Downs, sunset

 

Lewes Map Store, Summer picnic on the South Downs, dusk, lit lantern

 

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.

 

Lewes Map Store, Apple tree cabin for rent in Lewes, Sussex, sustainable materials, South Downs

 

Lewes Map Store, Apple tree cabin for rent in Lewes, Sussex, sustainable materials, South Downs

 

Lewes Map Store, Apple tree cabin for rent in Lewes, Sussex, sustainable materials, South Downs

 

Lewes Map Store, Apple tree cabin for rent in Lewes, Sussex, sustainable materials, South Downs

 

Lewes Map Store, Apple tree cabin for rent in Lewes, Sussex, sustainable materials, South Downs

 

My Summer playlist

I'm going to listen to 'Summer Sounds 2017' by ethical fashion crusader and music lover Georgina Butcher aka @acitygirlatheart I just want to drift away, it's so good!

 

Lewes Map Store, Summer picnic, Summer playlist by City Girl at Heart

 

Lewes Map Store, Apple tree cabin, Lewes, East Sussex

 

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. 

 

The Power by Naomi Alderman, Lewes Map blog

 

 

Lewes Map Store, helter skelter at the Good Life Experience, Summer family festival

 

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!

 

Lewes Map Store, making pottery with Sarah Jerath at the Good Life Experience, Summer family festival

 

Wishing you all amazing Summer holidays.

Dörte x (@lewesmap)

 

Few of my Summer essentials

 

The Wild Swimming Book by Flora Jamieson and Gemma Koomen, Lewes Map Store

'Wild Swimming' book

 

Sail handmade retro leather camera strap

Handmade Retro Leather Camera Strap

 

The Green Balm, Magic Organic Apothecary, MOA London, Lewes Map Store

The Green Balm

 

91 Magazine, Spring / Summer 2017 edition, independent magazine, Lewes Map Store

91 Magazine

 

Hello Sunshine energising body oil, Magic Organic Apothecary, MOA London

'Hello Sunshine' Energising Body Oil

 

Essence and Alchemy utility candle, essential oils

Hand Poured Utility Candle | Camp Fire

 

(All photos by @lewesmap)



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