When summer arrives, so does the stereotypical British moaning. We’re great at that, you know? The weather seems to be a real conversation starter in the UK.
Being a bit of a typical Brit, I do (admittedly) moan about the weather quite often. When I’m cold I forever miss the sun and eagerly await it’s return, yet when the summer sun does arrive I realise how easily I burn and how much I despise being warm on an evening. It’s not just the weather though. Despite absolutely loving the summer as a whole, there are plenty of things that I just can’t stand about the warmer months.
Related: 10 Things I Love During Summer
Melting ice-creams and ice-lollies | When you’re cooling down with a frozen treat, it’s such a pain when it starts to drip down your fingers… It’s gross and sticky, making the entire (what should be enjoyable) moment a bit crap.
Stickiness when you’re really warm | This is the worst. You know when you’re so hot you skin is just sticky to the touch? The heat makes you all sweaty and it’s an absolute nightmare when trying to get some sleep. I find it completely impossible to sleep without covers too, even in the summer, so I’m screwed.
Sunburn | If you’re one of those magical people that don’t burn, I envy you. I could be outside for 5 minutes and come home with a tinge of pink. Even if I lather myself in sun-cream, I always burn.
Wasps | Wasps are the most pointless creatures on the planet and I hate them. Unlike bees, which have a purpose and are pretty sweet, wasps are nasty buggers that live to cause pain. If I see a wasp, I leg it in the other direction (I wish I was kidding). They terrify me!
Too hot for a bath | I live for baths. They make me feel better when I’m sad, poorly or tired but they also amplify my happiness if I’m having a great day. Getting in a hot bath after a hot day though (especially when you’re sun burnt) is brutal. I’d much rather get a super quick shower which means I don’t get my bath-fix until the sun goes away.
Wind | I don’t wear my hair up outdoors because I’m self-conscious about my ears – weird I know – but this means that my hair is completely vulnerable to the wind and I hate it. Even the thought of the wind blowing my hair about makes my blood boil. I’m sure those of you with long hair can completely relate…
Crowds of people | I can’t deal with crowds, at all. They spook me so I avoid them as much as I can, and I’m pretty good at avoiding things. In the summer though, everywhere is busy. When the kids are on their school holidays, even the normally quiet gems that I frequent are full of other humans.
Being a bug magnet in bright clothes | I don’t tend to wear many bright clothes for some reason so when I do I always feel quite pretty. Then, the bugs turn up and ruin everything. Thanks, bugs.
Unexpected and unwanted storms | Nothing ruins a day out in the sun quite like an unexpected storm…
Feeling guilty when you want to stay indoors | I think this is definitely the worst thing about summer. Although me and Matt adore being out and about in nature, we also absolutely love spending time indoors – playing games, listening to music, baking, watching a film etc. If we’re set on having an ‘in day’, we close the curtains so the blue skies don’t judge us.
What’s your least favourite thing about summer?
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