Mid-June to mid-July is my favourite time of year. This is when we get the first brilliant burst of summer.
My energy level increases with the welcome, and abundant sunshine. I get things done easily.
It’s a seasonal transition — a time for mental and emotional growth and change — before the summer malaise when my creativity wanes. I try to embrace this time as an opportunity to find something new in life.
More Hours of Daylight
From mid-June until mid-July, in the Northern hemisphere, we have the longest days as the summer solstice approaches. I finish more projects with these extended daylight hours. My bonus comes in the evening as there’s plenty of time to linger outdoors before darkness arrives — even for those of us who eat a late dinner.
The weather is warm — indeed, it’s hot today as I write this post! Usually, it’s not blazing hot at this time of year and that means I can go to the beach without wanting to run straight into the water. Bugs aren’t biting. School is in session so crowds haven’t arrived in our beach town.
How luxurious to open the windows and feel the fresh air blowing through every room! On most days we can enjoy fresh air in the house. No heat or air conditioning!
Sleeping with the windows wide open during cool nights feels blissful and self-indulgent. I wake up refreshed to bird songs and sunshine streaming in!
Greenery is Everywhere
On my morning walks, I enjoy neighbourhood gardens in full bloom. While the brilliant colours delight, the best sensory experience comes from the smells of peonies, honeysuckle and roses — especially after rainfall during the night. Bees buzzing in the flower gardens and doing their work of pollination always lift my mood.
The greenery of the landscape, especially the trees gives a calmness that can last all day! The photo above shows my favourite walking path at the cottage — a perfect spot to enjoy the leaves on the trees as well as leaves on the forest floor.
Celebrating Asparagus and Strawberries
Since early May, we’ve indulged in fresh Ontario asparagus. Since the peak season ends sometime in June, each trip to the market for another fresh bunch gives cause for a celebratory meal before we resort to eating imported asparagus.
This is also the time of year when fresh Ontario strawberries arrive in the markets. Regardless of price, I buy Ontario-grown strawberries. We eat them the same day — sometimes with ice cream or thick pouring cream. At least once — usually for Canada Day celebrations on July 1 — I produce a mouth-watering and calorie-dense strawberry shortcake dessert with fresh whipped cream.
In June I can finally put away the winter jackets, ankle boots, and warm flannel shirts. I can wear lighter clothes — t-shirts, cotton pants, and sundresses! My feet feel free in comfortable sandals — no need for wool socks! I compare the wardrobe transition to finding a closet filled with new clothes. It gives me pleasure to have a change of wardrobe.
Finally, during this short time before the extremely hot summer days, I’ll spend as much time as possible outdoors. The days will fly by too quickly so I resolve to move as many activities as possible outside whether it’s morning coffee on the deck, dinner al fresco, or yoga exercises on the lawn. Before the summer heat arrives, I’ll walk every day, enjoy the colourful flowers, and indulge in all the smells of my favourite season.