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Gallery: the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

Those days of soda and pretzels and beer

Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer

You’ll wish that summer could always be here

Songwriters: Charles Tobias / Hans Bradtke / Hans Carste

Unfortunately summer seems to have deserted the UK this August, as it did in July! We’re told it’s the jet stream to blame. In July it shifted southwards, flowing directly across the UK and Ireland. This is close to its usual winter position and carries low pressure systems directly towards us. It also meant that warm air was contained across central and southern Europe, creating a severe heatwave, while dragging in cooler air over us.

The result? No one is happy. While we moan about the chill and the rain our southern neighbours suffer in the heat, including some terrible wildfires.

So when Terri asks to see images of the ‘Lazy, Hazy Daze of Summer’ for Sunday Stills this week, I have to go back to my archives. Luckily there are plenty there, some from the UK in more summery days and some from elsewhere around the world. Most are seaside scenes, as nothing shouts summer louder than a beach! But there are a few other summery sights in the mix too.

Disclaimer: not all of these photos were taken in summer months but to me they all capture that essence of warm summer days

Summer in England means …

Having fun by the sea

Looking down at a beach with people paddling and sitting

The Long Sands, Tynemouth, north east England

Small huts with pastel coloured doors

Beach huts at Lyme Regis, Dorset

But staying safe!

Tractor pulling small inflatable lifeboat

Also on the Long Sands at Tynemouth

Enjoying coastal walks

Tall white lighthouse near houses with wildflowers

St Mary’s Lighthouse, Whitley Bay, north east England

And boating fun

In the harbour at Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Small yellow boat moored by a grassy bank

Playing cricket …

Men playing cricket by castle ruins

Cricket beneath the ruins of Tynemouth Priory, north east England

And wathcing the tennis, at Wimbledon of course

Angular building covered with creepers

Outside Centre Court, Wimbledon

Festivals in London

Crowd of people on tiered seating by a tower

Crowds enjoying a parade at a festival by Tower Bridge, London

Wildflowers blooming

Poppy with a backdrop of soft focus flowers

Poppy in a wild flower meadow at Syon House, west London

And garden flowers too

Large yellow flower surrounded by leaves

Sunflower, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland

Babbling brooks

Stream running over rocks and stones near a wood

Gunnerside Beck, Swaledale, Yorkshire

And if we’re lucky, blue skies with white fluffy clouds

Three pointed roofs under a sky speckled with clouds

Oast houses in Kent, England

And when we can’t find summer sun in England, or when winter returns, many seek it abroad …

Panoramic shot of a beach with rows of umbrellas

The beach at Senigalia, March, Italy

People sunbathing on a concrete ramp by the sea

Sunbathers at Manarola harbour in the Cinque Terre, Italy

Looking down at four people lying on a beach

On the beach at Albufeira, Portugal

[my feature photo was taken near here, at Praia do Faro]

People playing volleyball on a sandy beach

Volleyball games on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro

[scanned from an old slide]

Wide sandy beach with a few people in the sea

The beach at Guiones, Costa Rica

Pale sandy beach with a few loungers and parasols

Playa Mendihuaca, Colombia

Shallow sea reflecting low red cliffs

The beach at Ngala Lodge, Gambia

Small empty fishing boat moored just off a beach

Reggae Beach near Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Man in Rasta hat and dreadlocks reclining on a bench, smoking

The epitome of lazy days, at Dunns River Falls, Ocho Rios, Jamaica

And the best part of a hot summer day for me? When evening comes …

Silhouetted people at tables on a balcony at sunset

Cocktail time at Lagarta Lodge, Costa Rica


  • SoyBend

    Sorry you have been hit with cooler weather there, Sarah. We are under an Excessive Heat Warning this week. I liked the colorful doors in your Dorset picture and the red soil near the shore in the pictures you took in Gambia.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Thanks Siobhan – it seems there are extremes everywhere this summer, sadly. Today we have had constant rain but an improvement is promised for later in the week, and I hope you see cooler weather soon. Those Dorset beach huts are a very traditional sight along the English coast 🙂

  • leightontravels

    A disappointing British summer eh, what can you do? Although obviously preferable to living in Hawaii right now, who’d have thought? What game did you catch at Wimbledon? We were dee-lighted to watch Alcaraz beat Djokovic in the final this year, Sladja probably even more so than me. Appreciate the beaches around the world, especially as we are a long way from any manner of beach here in rural Armenia. Appreciated the musical reference too, I always liked the Andrew Sisters’ cover.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Yes, I was very happy with the Alcaraz win – great to see a new name on the trophy and I’m no fan of Djokovic. We saw the Ukrainian Kostyuk beat the #8 Ladies seed Sakkari and Tsitsipas beating Thiem of Austria 🙂

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Yes, that’s quite possibly my favourite, at one of our favourite ever hotels! Not big and not suitable for swimming but beautiful to look at and equipped with large day beds perched on the rocks, usable even at high tide!

  • Brad M

    Your story could have also been titled: Life’s a beach. Even though the beaches each look different, they are all very much the same. People enjoying summer and sun and the interaction between water and land. Now, where did I put my sunscreen?

  • rosalieann37

    I have never visited England when it was hot. People were running around in shorts and I was cold. OTOH when I was in Spain in October, I thought it was pretty warm and locals were bundled up and I was in shirt sleeves.

    July here was very hot – but now it is only in the 80s F.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      We do get hot weather most summers Rosalie, but usually only in short spells interspersed with cooler ones – it’s just that this year the cooler spell has been much longer than usual! I know what you mean about your Spanish experience – we went to Namibia in July, their winter, and we found the day times pretty hot (80s F) so were in shorts and t-shirts during the day while many of the locals were wearing woolen hats and padded jackets!

  • grandmisadventures

    great collection of summer days with greens, beach, sun, and outside 🙂 although it’s been so hot here lately that I am feeling ready for some cooler weather to come this way

  • VT starship

    Sarah, you’ve really captured the essence of summer wonderfully in your selection of photos here. And, I feel it’s a bonus that you added that were taken in other countries! It’s interesting to see how people in other countries enjoy warm summer days. Typically I think many Americans equate summer days with time at the shore/beach, cookouts and picnics, outdoor concerts and parades, boating, summer sports, family road trips, and enjoying their own backyard. As for myself, I can enjoy summer days anywhere, doing anything, as long as the temperature is not oppressive! Love your photos!!

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Thanks so much Sylvia – lovely to hear from you as always 🙂 I’m glad you felt the summer vibes in this post! Many of the things you mention Americans enjoying are pretty much the same here – eating or drinking outside, BBQs, outdoor festivals and other events, seaside fun etc.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      Yes, maybe and that would be nice – although I’m travelling a bit then and will miss almost half that month! But we have warm sunshine today and forecast to last till tomorrow too 🙂

  • Wetravelhappy

    That’s what I hear from my sister in London, too. That it’s been raining and she had to wear some sweaters too. Those are very nice pictures of summer by the way, but you know my favourite – it’s that one of Wimbledon! 🙂

  • restlessjo

    My favourites are St. Mary’s Lighthouse and the cricket at Tynemouth, Sarah, but I could be seduced by a Costa Rican sunset. You must be due to jet off somewhere soon?

    • Sarah Wilkie

      That bar/restaurant in Costa Rica was amazing Jo – good food, great cocktails and a view to die for both by day and at sunset! As for travels, we’re going up to Newcastle next week to catch up with family and friends. Then a short break in Paris in early September before I’m off to Chicago later that month for a Virtual Tourist friends gathering. And we have Madagascar booked for the end of October!

    • thehungrytravellers.blog

      What a non-event summer it’s been back home, huh. We’re not exactly famous for our hot summers but I don’t remember too many when everyone has described it as “like autumn has come early” for about six weeks in a row! Great collection of shots though, reminding everyone back home what summer used to look like. Without doubt my out and out favourite is the cricket match, if there was one single thing I would choose to epitomise the English summer, it would be a village green cricket match in the sun. Possibly with a jug of Pimms in the foreground…

  • Anne Sandler

    Lovely summer images. It’s too hot here to enjoy summer right now. We have to get out early, but by 10 a.m. it’s time to go indoors. The ocean is the place to be!!

  • Marie

    Summer? Whats that!!
    Apart from those gorgeous beaches, I love the colourful beach huts – we don’t have anything like it here….

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Wow, Sarah, your archived images look wonderful and tell the story of what a lazy summer should like like! Sorry to read about your gloomy, cool weather this summer. Those beach shots are superb and I LOVE your opening shot of the wave crashing on the beach! Such movement and texture! The Rasta fella looks happy and lazy and your last image of cocktail hour on the beach makes me want to go…now! Thank you for sharing your virtual lazy crazy summer days with us!

  • Mike and Kellye Hefner

    Sarah, you made me want to go to a beach! (And I’m not a beach person.) Great photos of the lazy hazy daze of summer. We are in the midst of a heatwave with triple digit (F) temps, so I’m staying in as much as possible. Viewing your photos is the way I’m enjoying the summer.

    • Sarah Wilkie

      I’m not one for sitting or lying on a beach but I love the sea! I’ll take just a few degrees of heat from you as our temperatures have been very low for August

  • Amy

    Great response to this challenge. I locw these beautiful beach sights, I think I have an image of CT similar to the angle you took. 🙂 The Oast house image is wonderful!

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