And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high
Your daddy’s rich
And your mum is good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cryGeorge & Ira Gershwin
As we head into what our weather forecasters are calling an ‘unprecedented* heatwave’ in south east England (temperatures predicted to top 40C for the first time ever), my main thought at the moment is how to stay cool. OK, not cool; that may prove impossible! But at least, not too hot!
I mentioned recently that I’m not a fan of lying on a beach, and one reason for that is that I don’t like the hot sun. My fair skin (thanks to an Irish grandmother) reacts badly, so I try to stay in the shade. But I can still enjoy some summer vibes, as Andre (this week’s Lens Artists guest host) encourages us to do. And I’m always on the lookout for good photo opps of others doing the same. Digging through my archives I discovered all sorts of ways to feel those summer vibes.
Lie on the beach, in the sun …
On Albufeira Beach, Portugal
… or try to find some shade
The beach at Monterosso al Mare in the Cinque Terre, Italy
If there’s no beach, a wall, a boat-slip or even the rocks will do!
Sunbathers at Manarola harbour in the Cinque Terre
Relax in a deckchair …
City beach, Berlin
… or on a blanket
At Lulworth Cove, Dorset
Go for a swim …
Swimmer off Brighton Beach, on England’s south coast
… or simply paddle
On a beach in Goa
Skim stones ….
By the sea in South Shields, north east England
… build a sandcastle …
On Torremolinos beach, Spain
… or perhaps go rock-pooling
Rock pool on Cullercoats Beach, north east England
Paddle a boat …
In Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada [yes, that’s me – my husband took this shot]
… or a kayak
At Stair Hole, Dorset
A cliff walk might be fun …
On the cliffs at Cabo da Roca, Portugal – the most westerly point of mainland Europe
… or a summer festival
Watching a carnival by Tower Bridge, London
My featured photo was taken at another London summer festival, in Little Venice
Maybe a drink with friends?
Bars by the Seine in Paris
… or a game of cricket (how very English!)
Cricket by Tynemouth Castle and Priory
But perhaps it wouldn’t be an English summer without a little rain?
Rain in St Ives, Cornwall, seen from the Tate
*’Unprecedented’ has become our newsreaders’ favourite word, ever since the start of the pandemic. We’ve had more unprecedented occurrences than you might think possible within the scope of that word!