Could it be true? Could summer really be near?
The clocks moved forward last Saturday and it definitely felt like we are not that far from everyone’s most favourite season – summer. Well obviously, coming from a tropical country, it is my favourite, although I do love the golden colours in autumn too.
I love summer here in England, especially when the weather cooperates. I love the long summer days especially, sitting out in the garden at 9 pm and it is still light. We like to sit around in the fire-pit waiting for the dark, the barbecue long gone and drinks have been passed around and little T ready for bed, but refusing to go. What’s not to love?
Obviously it isn’t summer yet but Spring has definitely sprung. We found something in the small outbuilding we have, down in the garden. It was a hammock we bought on sale last year. I think we got in the end-of-season sale in our favourite garden centre. I remember thinking we must be mad to purchase it, especially since it was the beginning of winter, but I’m so glad we did.
T was delighted when we called her over. And being a kid, she insisted that we used it right away. After searching for a piece of rope and two trees that would be strong enough to hold the hammock, we set it up.
And as soon as it was up, little T plunked herself down with a book while her dad mowed the lawn and Doc was busy chewing on a stick and I went on with my chores. I looked back as I walked back to the house to do my chores, and right that very moment, that instant, it felt like we’ve fast forwarded to summer. Funny how a hammock can magically transport you into time.
Sadly, as I type this and look out the window, a different scene unfolds before me. It’s rather a dreary one actually. T has been wearing her summer dresses to school two days in a row now, even though yesterday, it was hardly sunny. But as I helped her get ready today, I suggested maybe it would be best if she went back to wearing her grey skirt and tights instead. She agreed and said “It’s like winter again, isn’t it mum?” I sighed and said yes. Her father grumpily added “Yes, that was it. We’ve now gone back to winter!”
I’m in need of something more magical than a hammock, one so strong it will somehow bring the sunshine back and will it to stay. Know of any? Do share.