June over here usually sees us enjoying the good weather before the humidity gets unbearable. On Facebook today my memory reminder thingy brought up a photo I took three years ago today – a photo of my car dashboard with the temperature showing as 28°C at 11:56pm.
This year things are very different. June has been a cool month by standards, and a rainy month too. As I type, I am indoors with the light on as it is raining outside. I’ve lost count of the number of thunderstorms we’ve had so far in June. Dark grey clouds roll over, darkening the skies and bringing a glum feeling with them.
There have been lovely times in between when the rain has cleared, the sun has come out and we can sit out to eat or we can go off to the local pool. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen the pictures of the garden bathed in sun, but that is not what it is like all the time. They are snapshots taken at good moments.
Hence my ‘Styling the Seasons’ post this month is, oddly, less summery than my May post. I have been picking bunches of flowers for the house – bringing the outdoors in, in a way – in an attempt to make the house more cheerful on the rainy days. I’ve also been lighting candles to brighten the place up.
White peonies and pale roses are what I have in the house at the moment. Teamed with a cream candle in a wide jar and one of my favourite quotes, they make the kitchen a pleasanter place to be during a thunderstorm or a bout of heavy rain.
The flowers are a combination of roses from our garden – from a climbing rosebush I treated myself to one day a few years ago – and peonies from a friend’s garden. When she visited on Tuesday for breakfast, we ate indoors while the rain pelted against the windows. An hour later we walked in the garden and visited the chickens in blazing sunshine.
The week has continued like that, rain, sun then rain again with verying temperatures. But I have found my way to deal with it. I look at my arrangement – flowers, candle and quote – and get on with the business of Summer. Because rain or no, it is still Summer.
“She said she would buy the flowers herself” is from the opening line of ‘Mrs. Dalloway’, one of my favourite books. Taking charge, doing a thing you want done by yourself, doing something that makes you happy – that is what this quote says to me.
So that is exactly what I am trying to do this June – take a situation that is not perfect and make the best of it. When the weather is good, I’ll be outdoors, making hay while the sun shines, as the saying goes. But when it is not, I will be indoors, glad that I bought (well, picked) the flowers myself.