Although summer this year is proving to be a new experience for us all, there are many ways we can enjoy the warm weather, both at home or out and about with our loved ones.
From packing up a picnic to enjoying home comforts with modern technology, we’ve got some sizzling summer suggestions to help you enjoy the longer, sunny days whilst staying safe.
Raise a cup to tradition
Nothing quite celebrates British culture like hosting a classic afternoon tea, offering an inexpensive yet enjoyable way to catch up with your relatives and friends. Enjoy the good weather in your back garden, sit in the shade and relax with some tea and cake, or maybe even some finger sandwiches – whatever takes your fancy! If you need a helping hand hosting a small tea party, we offer a range of drink preparation products, such as the two-handled teapot that can help you to stay safe whilst making your favourite hot drinks.
Expand your horizons with top tech
Whilst we’re not yet able to play family favourites such as Monopoly and Scrabble in person, getting to grips with new technology will enable you to play with family members in the virtual world! Technology, such as smartphones and tablets, also offer a great way to learn new things, contact loved ones with video calls and find communities of people you share interests with.
Summer can also create some great opportunities for budding photographers. Whether you’re interested in nature or simply capturing memories with the family, photography is a great activity suitable for all ages. Photographs are a great way to keep mementos of younger family members as they grow up and you don’t have to have expensive gear – a simple smartphone has lots of different features to explore and can create good quality images.
Find your favourite picnic spot
If the weather permits, picnics are a lovely way to meet your friends or family outside in the sunshine, and it’s a pleasant way to make the most of this new kind of summer. Foldable chairs are easy to come by and ideal if you are in an area which lacks picnic tables, or are still avoiding more public areas. If you regularly use adapted cutlery or kitchen aids, such as a bendable spoon or sloped plate, you can simply add it to the picnic bag so you can get the right support when eating, wherever you are. You could make a few of your favourite sandwiches and don’t forget strawberries, which are right in season.
Enjoy a refreshing walk at your local park
Going for a walk doesn’t have to be long or strenuous, but it’s an easy way to stay active and can be enjoyed anywhere! Why not research some nice parks or heritage areas within driving distance of your house or a relative’s home where you could meet up outside and enjoy the summer weather together? This way you can ensure that there is parking in close proximity and good paths to walk on.
A radar key can be used to access disabled toilets across the country, but it’s worth checking with the local council to ensure the public toilets have re-opened in the area you’re visiting as many have been closed due to COVID-19. If you feel you need some support when walking longer distances, you might consider the benefits of a mobility aid, such as a rollator or mobility scooter that can support your balance and stability, whilst fitting comfortably into your car.