By Larraine Roulston:
The beginning of July always reminds me of gazing at a fresh new canvas. I suppose this feeling comes from winding down most of the activities I have participated in during the year and now being able to follow a passion to fill in some of those lazy, hazy days of summer. It’s a time that allows one to explore different places or just hang out with friends.
The season entices many people to arrange backyard pot luck suppers. Neighborhood street parties, as well, provide opportunities to enjoy watching all the kids of various ages participate in playing tag and other games.
Plan a day at the beach to swim, toss the ball and catch the sun’s rays. It is a wonderful place where children spend hours making sand castles and going for a swim — where teens can play volley ball. Just provide yourself with a type of makeshift shade, a few beach toys, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, a pocket book or word puzzles, plenty of snacks and beverages — and you are good to go.
Get back to nature with several hikes and picnics. Rent a rustic cottage or go camping to savor the joys of canoeing, kayaking or fishing.
Seasoned tennis players find no greater joy than heading to their local tennis courts to meet up with fellow competitors. If just learning this sport, you’ll find it a great summer pastime meeting new people while getting lots of exercise and learning a racquet skill. In fact, summer provides the opportunity to try to master any sport by gathering a few friends to kick around a soccer ball, toss a football or play baseball in the park, engage in a games of badminton, or test your skill at slack-lining or mountain biking.
Try to locate a summer stock theatre troupe or musical group who take advantage of the seasonal weather by offering performances in parks or under tents.
With extra time on your hands, you may be inspired to take on an art project, write a story or host a garage sale. Bringing out a board game, learning to play chess or engaging in familiar card games all make for enjoyable family time activities.
As a teenager during these warm weather days, I loved nothing more than riding my bike — either with friends or by myself — to discover trails and cycle the streets in my area. Today, I still enjoy a bike ride, but my summer isn’t complete unless I lounge under a tree with a big bowl of buttered popcorn, a tall beverage and a really good book.
Larraine authors illustrated children’s adventure books on composting and pollinators. Visit www.castlecompost.com