Low-key summer weekends are the best

There’s something luxurious about the simple pleasure of a low-key summer weekend.

Last week I was away camping at Glastonbury, which was wonderful but exhausting. [Related post: Festival Reflections]

So now a couple of days pottering around at home is what my body is asking for, and I’m listening.

The joy of pottering

I want to spend some time on doing a few small things around the home that will freshen it up a little.

A happy playlist, or even just the radio, gets me in the mood for some pottering and tidying up.

There are piles of books to be returned to the shelf and Sunday papers to check for recipes I want to keep before recycling.

In my hall I have a bag to take to the charity shop as part of my year-long commitment to decluttering, so I’ll see if there’s anything else that needs to go in there.

I try and sell things on eBay a lot of the time, but I’m taking a break at the moment, and donating instead.

My house plants are in full on summer growth season. To help them along I’ll add plant food as well as watering and misting them.

When I’ve done a bit of a tidy I want to do some things to take care of myself or just because I like doing them.

A walk in the park, yoga, definitely, then there’s that new book I want to start reading.

If I’m honest, looking after myself is not always as high on the list of priorities as it should be.

Taking care of my home is also something I enjoy but don’t always have enough time for.

This weekend they are the main things on my agenda.

My list of low-key things

I loved writing this list!

  1. Put the radio on. There are loads of uplifting summer playlists on Spotify and Radio 6 on a weekend is great.
  2. Potter about. A bit of tidying up, taking care of my plants, charity shop drop-off on the way to the shops. Every little helps.
  3. Put some flowers on the table. A jug of flowers makes me happy. This time of year my rose bush is flowering or I might treat myself to some when I’m food shopping.
  4. Make a salad. I’m going all out on food-planning at the moment, and I love trying new salad recipes that don’t even involve cooking.
  5. Do some yoga. My local studio is open and there’s a relaxing restorative yoga class on Sunday afternoon. I also love Yoga with Adriene.
  6. Eat ice-cream. There’s an ice-cream van in the park, and summer-time is the only excuse I need to enjoy a lemon ice with a flake while I am out for a walk.
  7. Watch a film. There’s nothing I like better than an early dinner and evening on the sofa with a cup of tea and maybe some chocolate.

Re-reading my list it sounds as though I will spend my entire weekend by myself which isn’t the case.

My normal life continues as usual, with my family coming in and out, plus there will be laundry, of course.

But – by putting in some time to plan some low-key but lovely things for myself, I’m more likely to actually do them.

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