So right seeing as Summer Solstice has been, and gone, I officially declare British Summer time in full swing. Summer is my favourite time of year for many reasons…
When I think of Summer, the first thing that pops into my head is Pimm’s. Anyone for Pimm’s? Oh, yes please!! It is simply divine, and such a refreshing British drink. Pimm’s is a quintessential part of Summer. I don’t know about you, but my Summer certainly wouldn’t be the same without Pimm’s O’Clock moments. Summer has only just begun, and I’ve already managed to get through a few bottles already (not a surprise with this delicious weather right now!), but nothing quite compares to a chilled glass of Pimm’s, and lemonade (personally I’m a Schweppes kind of guy), with some fresh fruit, and mint (from your own garden, even better!). So, whether you are sat lounging in the garden on the flagstones soaking up some divine sunshine, or at a polo match enjoying a fine weekend in style; Pimm’s is an essential part of any summer.
Another part of summer I simply adore is the al fresco wining, and dining (prosecco, and barbeques?!). There is something ridiculously perfect about sitting outside in the evening, when the scorching sun has cooled down slightly, and having a gorgeous meal with friends, and family. Garden parties with glasses of Laurent Perrier rose, family meals (steak anyone?) with a touch of wine, and lunches with a spot of Pimm’s, it is all awfully de rigueur, and very pleasant ways to spend one’s time. Oh, and you cannot forget the ABSOLUTE delight that is Eton mess.
Summer is also an excellent excuse to jet off (not that you need an excuse) on a last minute holiday somewhere warm (especially with England’s bad luck with summer time weather!). Whether you fancy a bustling city break to a cultural city (Prague’s rather nice), or a couple of weeks of lounging, and spraying Veuve over yourself on the beaches of Marbella, or Juan-les-Pins (I mean come on, who wouldn’t want to be covered in champagne spray?!).
Summer en generale equates to a very happy Lorien. I find it allows you to appreciate some of the finer things in life (how many other times of the year is drinking the day so socially acceptable!?), but also combines the simple pleasures on life, in the respect you can just lounge, and relax – it is also a very sociable time of the year. Socialising in the sun is so much more satisfying for some reason. Everyone loves a spot of sun, and can you blame them?
I have found myself to be a very busy Lorien recently; at this time of year everything just seems to happen at once. I have had a lot to celebrate recently, and that’s always nice. A lot of birthdays, promotions, and things of late.
My darling Mother had her birthday too, we had a rather debauched meal, and evening (I invited some of my friends along too!) – which was lovely.
I like this photograph of Mumsy, and I, at my little sister’s birthday party – which I am just about to go on to.
My lovely little sister had her birthday party too, and god is she growing up quick. She is one hell of a fierce little redhead! I cannot believe how much she has grown up recently, thirteen going on eighteen!
I took this photograph of her for one of my classes, she has such a cute little face! I did her hair, and make up in this – it was supposed to be sort of hot mess, posh totty sort of thing? The photograph was supposed to scream excess, with the many rows of pearl, over made up face, and BlackBerry in hand. Her style is very Blair Waldorf esque, she loves pearls, bows, and classy things – but she wears them in her own kind of grungy way.
This photograph of my sister I took before we went out for my Mother’s birthday, she is wearing her first pair of ‘proper’ heels in it. She didn’t have any black tights that she hadn’t laddered, so we decided to mess them up more for a kind of grunge Princess sort of look? Very Courtney Love, or Taylor Momsen I guess? I think my little sister’s style is so cute, I love the quilted Chanel esque bag (I bought her that!), and the simple pearl bracelet – very cute.
So, who watched the World Cup? England’s loss to Germany was painful to watch – it really was brutal. Shame that we’re now out of the World Cup, as I rather enjoy watching the matches – oh well, better luck next time I hope! England played shamefully this time around, quite frankly I don’t think anyone is proud of our team right now. I love the atmosphere when you watch the matches, how it is so tense, and you’re on the edge of your seat (the alcohol consumed whilst watching it is always fun too).
I’m so exhausted, it is nearly 3 am as I write this, I’ve been non stop for days now, and I’ve barely slept at all. So much going on. Too little time! I’ve had a few issues recently, but I suppose I can sum it up with this very good piece of advice:
“Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts,
don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.”
Cliché, yes, but could have been worse, could have used Diana Vicker’s lyrics (after all I’m only going to let you kill me once!)? Something clearly I definitely need to pay more attention to… Ignorance is bliss, and sadly I’m not ignorant – enlightenment isn’t always the answer.
I have a lot to think about, but I’m not quite sure what to make of a lot of things – that combined with the epic factor that I’m a procrastinator extraordinaire really isn’t helping me right now… but ah well! I’m going to do things, and I’m going to do them my way; Lorien Adey isn’t going to change for anyone, and if you thought you could ever change me, ha well you are most certainly mistaken.
I think the following quote is quite relevant right now;
— Marilyn Monroe
Now, I am going to bed as it’s ridiculously late, I have a busy day tomorrow, and my cup of tea has gone cold! I leave you with this photograph of me, because I can, I thought it looked pretty cool, and because I’m vain like that: