Journal Seasonal Writing

A very British Summer

I feel sorry for the British Summer. There’s so much pressure on it to be blue-skied with unlimited hot sun. Day after day. Or at least at the weekends. Then, when it offers something different: perhaps rain, or sunshine and showers, or just cloud, one question echoes loudly across the land.

Where is summer?

Yes there is something restorative about feeling the sun’s warm rays on your face. On your shoulders whilst you walk around outside. Having the sun merrily encourage you to get together with friends: to eat barbecue, to drink prosecco. I get that.

But I also think summer can be found elsewhere whether it is boiling hot at the weekend or not.

It’s in the fields as the crops turn from muted green to gold; wheat rustling as you walk past, barley rising and swaying, like a yellow ocean. The earth cracking underneath your feet. Bees buzzing on the flowers that are popping up everywhere. Pink and yellow grasses catching the sun; glinting in the evening light.

The British Summer is changeable. Unreliable. You can have three or four types of weather in one day.

But I feel, that’s what makes it so special. And I’m going to try and find the joy in every day.

And yes, I did get soaked on a dog walk the day after I took this video. It was fine and sunny when I set out…


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  • Reply Laura

    I am also a fan of the British/Irish Summer. Isn’t the significant rain rail what blesses us with the beautiful meadows? Here is Ireland I thank the rainfall for our lush green surrounds. I am not sure my hens are just so impressed though…

    Currently admiring your videos on Vimeo. You are proving somewhat inspirational. I might have to try my hand at capturing some snippets soon :)

    17th July 2016 at 12:22 pm
    • Reply Helen Redfern

      Laura, thank you! Yes, my friend has just got back from Ireland and has been telling me how beautiful it is. I’m hoping to get over there very soon.

      17th August 2016 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply Amelia May

    Such a beautifully said post with a glorious video x

    17th July 2016 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Gabi Buchhierl

    Hi Helen,

    Great post! I enjoyed reading and watching the video and I really love your pictures, your writting and your chickens. Congratulations on your work.

    17th July 2016 at 1:59 pm
    • Reply Helen Redfern

      Aw, thank you Gabi! Much appreciated. :)

      17th August 2016 at 4:42 pm

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