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WHY Does Summer Have To End?

I love summer. Everything about it. I love sunny days, being by the beach, eating al fresco. When the weather is good we feel happy and motivated (although Brits in particular have been known to complain when it’s too hot, some of us are never happy). Working from home means that I am lucky enough to spend the whole of the summer hols with my nearest and dearest, including the husband who works in a school so has the holidays off. sand-summer-outside-playing
This year our tween has spent a lot of time in her room wishing her life away. She is desperate to start high school so I suspect these holidays have dragged for her. Not for me though, I love the slowdown in routine, still being in my PJs at 10am and not having to rush out madly to get child 1 to school. We’ve had lots of lazy days just chilling out at home without anywhere particular to go to. Predictably the weather has been a bit on and off, but when it has been sunny, it’s been hot.

Summer with a three year old is not quite the relaxing experience that you dream off. You picture long days in the garden with the children playing happily around you, whilst you relax on a sun lounger reading the latest bestseller and drinking homemade lemonade. The reality is that by the time you have coaxed them away from back to back Paw Patrol or Barbie Princess Charm School, slapped on enough suntan cream to make them resemble a marshmallow and got a selection of outdoor toys available, they declare that they want to go inside again.

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I like to dine outside during the summer. Almost from the moment the weather turns remotely sunny you will find us on the patio eating pretending we are on the Amalfi Coast as opposed to a medium sized town in the North West of England. Sometimes it doesn’t have to be sunny, just dry and we sit outside with our spaghetti, so what if we are wearing our hoodies?! Summer makes you want to eat more healthily, more fruit, more salad and definitely more ice-cream. Yes,I have decided that ice-cream is now a health food. It makes me feel good anyway so surely that is the only criteria for it being healthy? In fact it makes me feel super, does that mean it’s a Super Food?

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As we approach the end of August, it seems that summer is drawing to an end. The familiar ‘Back to School’ signs appear (to be fair these have been out since before my daughter even finished school in July), people are returning to work with glowing tans, but sad faces. The kids have had enough of being off and are yearning for some routine (as are the mums probably). Rather than accept that this is the end, we always comfort ourselves that we will probably have some good sunny days in September and the phrase ‘Indian Summer’ always gets bandied around at this time.

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We all know it’s coming to an end. Why does summer have to end? Simple, we need to move on to the next phase. Don’t we all need to start thinking fondly of that next season? The nights draw in and get cooler (ok, so If you live near me you might not notice the difference between summer evenings), the colours change and everything gradually becomes orange and brown and all shades in between. We think about snuggling up in warm blankets whilst watching The Great British Bake Off or the new season of dramas that take us away from the reality rubbish of the summer months. We plan for Halloween and Bonfire Night and even mentions of the Christmas word become acceptable. Summer has to come to an end to make way for Autumn, the only season in the UK where the weather is actually what you would expect and women rejoice as skirts and opaque tights make a comeback, removing the pale, hairy leg trauma that has plagued them since May (or is that just me?)

What do you like about Autumn?

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20 comments

  • justsayingmum

    August 29, 2016 at 8:31 am

    aww I’m a summer fan too but I do like the season changes but just wish our summers were a little longer. Autumn is a favourite for me though and I wonder if it’s because I’m an autumn baby – love the cosiness that it brings. A lovely read #BigPinkLink

  • Emma Plus Three

    August 29, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I love summer, I’m so sad that it’s almost over. I’m dreading the rain and cold weather 🙁 x #bigpinklink

  • Kat

    August 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I can’t believe how fast these holidays have passed us by! We’ve had a lovely break and still have a week before school starts up again, plus my daughters birthday is on 3rd and we can’t wait to celebrate her turning six with a trip to Chessington. Perfect way to end the holidays. I love autumn, I love those sunny, blue sky days that have that cool breeze where everything feels fresh and clean again. #bigpinklink

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      I am so sorry for my late response to this. Clearly Autumn has turned out to be a lot busier than I thought. Sounds like you have been having a busy time too! Can you believe the next holidays now will be Christmas?! Thanks for your comment x

  • agentspitback

    August 29, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    There is something magical about the colours of Autumn though that softens the blow of Summer leaving. I totally agree with you about ice cream! I love Summer too and being able to relax and do nothing. Or go outside to the park and beach and the weather is just beautiful. The barbeques and the picnics – truly a chilling good time. Our Summer coincides with Christmas, so it’s especially glorious for us though it can get terribly hot. Thanks for sharing with #bigpinklink

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      And yes I apologise again for being so longwinded in my replies 🙁 It must be nearly summer for you guys soon? I can’t imagine a warm Christmas but I guess if that is what you are used to then it wouldn’t seem any different. I’m now looking forward to winter and hoping for at least a little sprinkling of snow. Thanks for your comments x

  • swapna

    August 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Your pictures are lovely! I’m from the southern hemisphere and CANT WAIT for summer!! #bigpinklink

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      I only wish they were my photos, but I relied on stock photos for this post, so I can’t even take any credit. I hope that summer is on its way. Thanks for commenting and so sorry for the horrendous delay in responding x

  • Naomi

    August 30, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I do love Autumn, especially how the air changes and becomes lighter and fresher. But this summer has been really dreamy, and this autumn signifies a return to work after a blissful maternity leave. So this year, I’m clinging on to summer. #BigPinkLink

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Gosh I am so sorry for not replying sooner. I do not know where the time has gone, but that’s no excuse. Autumn has been particularly mild until the last few days where I have started to feel a nip in the air. Thanks for commenting and I hope that you have had a smooth return to work x

  • Mads

    September 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I love the crisp evenings and a walk through St James’ Park in the Autumn x

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      That sounds lovely! Thanks for commenting and apols for replying so late that it is almost next summer x

  • themotherhub

    September 3, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    It’s so weird because I hate the end of summer and the back to school grind but I do love Autumn..cosy clothes and walks in the park and all that ..although I might be slightly romanticising that *looks out of window at eighth hour of rain* #fortheloveofblog

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      So sorry for the lateness in my response, gosh autumn in nearly over! I am a great one for romanticising the weather too, I think it is part and parcel of living in this part of the world! Thanks for commenting x

  • rachelbustin

    September 3, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I love the icecream photo! I’m not a Summer person. I don’t like the heat so really welcome Autumn. I love the snuggly clothes, hot chocolates and Autumn walks through the leaves.

    #fortheloveofblog

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      I know it’s a really good one isn’t it? You can’t beat a good old stock photo 😉 Hope that Autumn is turning out to be all warm and cosy and apols for my terrible delay in responding to your comment. I don’t know where my head has been. Thanks for commenting x

  • The UnNatural Mother

    September 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    We have a busy September. Harrys off to school , Charley turns 1 next wek and is off nursey , i back to work and im going to BlogOn for the 1st time. No rest for the wicked. I love Autum for the beautiful colours and Halloween & Bonfire night and once thats over im a huge fan of Christmas #fortheloveofblog

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      I am so sorry for not replying before. I really need to be more organised 🙁 Hope that Autumn has treated you well, it certainly sounds jam packed with stuff. I am definitely getting into Christmas mode now 🙂 Thanks for commenting x

  • The Pramshed

    September 9, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    This time of year always makes me feel a bit sad, I love the summer, and I really dislike the nights drawing in. Autumn and Winter are not my favourite seasons, however I really love the run up to Christmas (something that I think I should get planning for already). I hope that September is going well for you, and that back to school has not been too challenging. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    1. Siena Says

      November 2, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Gosh I am so sorry for not responding to your comment. How rude of me 🙁 At least we are getting into the run up to Christmas anyway!! I am missing summer still although the weather has been pretty mild up until the last few days so at least winter hasn’t kicked in yet (although there was frost on the windshield today). Thanks for commenting x

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