Lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

Embracing all the loveliness of the season.

Head space….

It will come as no surprise that we’re embracing mindfulness and meditation right now. The value of taking a mental step back from the world has perhaps never been more profound. And it’s not easy. Finding the time and the head space takes dedication and practice, but gradually you will start seeing the benefits. We’ve found that a swing in our garden hammock (not unlike this one from Graham & Green…) gets us in the zone – especially on a sunny day.

Wild swimming….

This is something we’ve been considering for a while, and now we’ve started wild swimming we may never look back. Utterly exhilarating, it’s extremely good for you both mentally and physically. And you get to enjoy the beautiful rivers, lakes and beaches of the UK. Just be mindful of the popularity of certain places. The Outdoor Swimming Society recently had to take down its website to try and limit overcrowding at local swimming spots during the hot weather. So do your best to find secluded spots where nature can prevail (though don’t be surprised if a few dogs jump in to join you… it’s happened to us!).

Feed the birds…

All this extra time we’re spending in our gardens seems to have inspired a new squad of twitchers – us included. There is something so therapeutic about watching birds as they busy about their day. And don’t get us started on the singing. Such joy! To fuel our new obsession we spent quite a long time searching for the perfect bird feeder to attract more feathered friends. This one (pictured) came out on top.

And if you’d like more info and inspiration, take a look at the RSPB’s guide to birdwatching.

Dog-friendly gardens….

As we write, gardens and properties with grounds are gradually beginning to open their gates for outdoor visitors. So let’s be optimistic and hope that by mid-Summer we will once again be able to take our pick from all the wonderful landscaped spaces across the UK. Among the dog-friendly ones our favourites include:

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens near Weymouth in Dorset

Cholmondeley Castle Gardens in Cheshire

And Waddesdon House and Gardens in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Just make sure you check current opening information before you turn up!