KARREN BRADY

OUR BRIL­LIANT COLUM­NIST WRITES EX­CLU­SIVELY FOR W&H EACH MONTH ‘Sum­mer plea­sures are about do­ing things dif­fer­ently, like read­ing the pa­pers out­side with a fab­u­lously strong cup of cof­fee’

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ON SUM­MER PLEA­SURES

AS MUCH AS I LOVE CUD­DLING UP IN FRONT OF THE FIRE ON A COLD WIN­TER’S NIGHT

WITH A BOT­TLE OF RED WINE AND A BOX SET, I HANKER AF­TER THE LONG SUM­MER EVENINGS.… DRINK­ING THE PALEST ICE-COLD ROSÉ WINE, SIT­TING IN MY GAR­DEN WHILE THE SUN SETS EVER SO SLOWLY.

LAUGH­ING, RE­LAX­ING, DRINK­ING,

EAT­ING – YES, THESE ARE ALL MY FAVOURITE THINGS… AND SHAR­ING THEM WITH FAM­ILY AND FRIENDS IS MY SWEET­EST SUM­MER PLEA­SURE. BE­CAUSE EV­ERY­THING SEEMS BET­TER IN THE SUN­SHINE… AND FINGERS CROSSED WE GET A SHARE OF THAT!

IN THE SUM­MER YOU CAN CHUCK A LUMP OF MEAT ONTO HOT COALS, BURN IT AND IT STILL TASTES FAN­TAS­TIC. YOU SERVE UP BURNT CORN ON THE COB AND NO ONE PULLS A FACE OR MOANS, THEY JUST HUN­GRILY EAT IT UP!

THE KIDS WILL EAT SALAD WITH­OUT ME IN­SIST­ING THEY DO, AND I’LL PUT BA­NANAS ON THE BAR­BE­CUE JUST FOR THE FUN OF

IT AND SOME­HOW THEY TASTE YUMMY (EVEN THOUGH THEY DON’T LOOK PLEAS­ANT) SIM­PLY BE­CAUSE EAT­ING OUT­SIDE IS FUN.

AND EV­ERY­ONE, AND I MEAN EV­ERY­ONE, IS IN A BET­TER MOOD WHEN THE SUN IS

OUT. FRIENDS POP IN AS THEY WERE “JUST PASS­ING BY”, KIDS WANT TO PLAY A MARATHON SES­SION OF PING-PONG IN THE GAR­DEN,

AND JUST SIT­TING AROUND ISN’T BOR­ING, IT’S RE­LAX­ING. IN THE WIN­TER EV­ERY­THING HAS TO BE PLANNED AND BE IN­DOORS SO YOU DON’T GET WET OR COLD, AND FRANKLY HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU GO TO THE CIN­EMA?

ALSO, I LOVE THE BRI­TISH SUM­MER WEATHER. NOT TOO HOT AND NOT HU­MID,

JUST BLAZ­ING SUN (OC­CA­SIONAL THUN­DER) AND A LIGHT BREEZE. I GO ON LONG WALKS TO NOWHERE IN PAR­TIC­U­LAR EVEN THOUGH I HATE WALK­ING! TAKING IN THE NA­TURE, THE GREEN­ERY, THE FLOW­ERS… SIM­PLE PLEA­SURES. THE SUM­MER GIVES ME THE SPACE TO HAVE A PROPER LOOK AT THE WORLD AND TAKE IN MY SUR­ROUND­INGS MORE, RATHER THAN DASH­ING IN AND OUT OF EV­ERY­WHERE WITH MY HEAD DOWN, JUST TO KEEP OUT OF THE COLD.

AC­TU­ALLY, I FIND I DO THINGS DIF­FER­ENTLY IN THE SUM­MER. MAYBE IT HAS SOME­THING TO DO WITH THE LONGER DAYS, BUT I FIND MY­SELF DO­ING THINGS WITH MORE PA­TIENCE AND MORE JOY.

LIKE READ­ING THE NEWS­PA­PERS OUT­SIDE

IN THE MORN­ING WITH A FAB­U­LOUSLY STRONG CUP OF COF­FEE. I PRE­FER THE

WAY I CAN DRESS AS WELL – LIGHT­WEIGHT CLOTHES AND, THANK GOD, DITCH­ING THOSE AW­FUL 20 DENIER TIGHTS THAT I’VE BEEN WEAR­ING FOR THE PRE­VI­OUS NINE MONTHS (NOT THE ONE SAME PAIR, MIND!), AND BE­ING ABLE TO WEAR FLIP-FLOPS ALL DAY. NO MORE

LAY­ER­ING, JUST THROW ON A

SUM­MER DRESS AND SAN­DALS

AND YOU’RE OFF. EVEN MY

PEDI­CURE IS BRIGHTER, GO­ING

FROM NAT­U­RAL TO CORAL RED

JUST BE­CAUSE IT FEELS

HAPPY, BRIGHT AND SUM­MERY.

SO THE SUM­MER FOR ME IS

ALL ABOUT DO­ING MORE. MORE

EX­ER­CISE, MORE EAT­ING FRESHER

AND HEALTH­IER FOOD, LAUGH­ING MORE AND MORE TIME TO JUST BE HAPPY.

BRING ON THE SUM­MER… THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY. W&H

Ev­ery­one is in a bet­ter mood when the sun’s out

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