Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Creating Summer Memories


Summer is my absolute favourite season. I have amazing memories of my summers as a child and always vowed to continue to fill my summers with memories and stories that I'd tell my own children one day. However, I have found that since leaving school and friendships seriously diminishing and also Sam and I being absolutely awful at thinking of things to do also, my summers have been anything but memory making and it's never fun to look back on. This year due to finally finishing University and going out into the real adult world this September I decided that it really is now or never to create a Summer full of memories.

I thought during this challenge of finding things to do and having days out I would document them here in case any one else has ever felt the same, where you struggle in deciding what to do and want to create memories too in the hopes this either inspires you to do something similar or if you live in or near South East England then you to can visit and do the things I plan on doing or something similar!
With the sun still kindly shining and giving us the summer England deserves so far and it being my friends birthday during the week I thought what a better way to get people together than with food. I absolutely love picnic food! I could demolish a whole box of cocktail sausages, as well as dips and crips and all sorts I absolutely adore it and I knew my friends would to so that was the first decision made! Also as mentioned because the weather has been so beautiful I thought it'd be crazy not to spend it by some water and although we are lucky to have Brighton beach on our door step, I thought going and exploring somewhere new would be such a lovely idea and who kew this was practical on our doorsteps too.

So the pitch for Barcombe Mills was sent to the group and luckily 2 friends had already been an visited so we were set for our Saturday explore and picnic! When we parked up there was a pub car park and then an overflow car park so plenty of space for everyone. We first went and sat in a field by the pub. Although we didn't actually visit and have a drink there the pub looked so sweet. It had a lovely beer garden and was pitched right next to the river and so they have set up row boats that you can hire for £6 for an hour which I think is bloomin' brilliant! However, if you go on a gorgeous day like we did I would be prepared for a very long wait. 

Although this first field was lovely, it was also home to cows and we all know that cows like to poop. So after pitching up the picnic and settling down our adorable furry friend also liked the poop and got a little mucky, so after a quick wash for him we decided to go for a walk and find a new place to have our picnic. Luckily for us because my friends had been before they knew the way and we took a beautiful 20 or so minute walk and I'm so glad we did! The walk was stunning, honestly if you just want a new place to walk still visit, you can walk by the stream, through gorgeous fields and pass lots of furry friends a long the way!

We pitched up right next to the river and even though there were a fair few other groups pitched around us there was plenty of room for every one. We swam in the river, honestly it was so refreshing and not at all gross! The boys found a tree opposite us and took it in turn to climb up and jump and we also just chatted, ate, drank and it was amazing. People were coming past on dinghy's, little boats and even paddle boards it really did seem like a little gem to find in the East Sussex countryside.

We were all having such a lovely time that we didn't think to keep track of the time and before we knew it it was 8:00pm and we got the pleasure of walking home through the golden hour which sadly no photos were taken but it was stunning! We walked back through fields of sheep, over little bridges over the river and it was so peaceful and tranquil.

We came home, sunkissed skin, sleepy eyes and snuggled down to watch a couple of episodes of Prison Break before heading to bed with big smiles on our faces it was a gorgeous day and definitely the first of my summer memories!

 What ideas or trips are you taking to create summer memories? Ideas are welcome I'd love to do a series of this throughout summer!

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These photos were taken by @andi.thompson

Elizabeth Apps x





10 comments :

  1. This sounds so lovely! Picnic and a little row is just the cutest afternoon!

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    1. It really was so nice! And it was ridiculous close I'm surprised I'd never been before! xx

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  2. These are inspiring images - I really want to go wild fishing this summer and to watch an outdoor movie.

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    1. Thank you lovely and aww they sound amazing! Such summer activities xx

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  3. I love these pictures beth, they're loveeely! A picnic in the sun is always a fabulous way to spend a summers day with friends! xx

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    1. Thank you gorgeoussss, it really is it was so lovely! xx

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  4. This pictures are so nice! I love picnics and I wish I could go on one every weekend! xx

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    1. So do i, they are my absolute favourite summer activity xx

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  5. Looks like the cutest afternoon. I really want to have a picnic now x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

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    1. Thank you it was so lovely! Do it one day this summer xx

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