Celebrating summer..

Or the few days of sunshine that we get in the name of summer πŸ™‚

We check the weather the first thing every weekend. Checking the night before is no good, it sometimes changes even within that span 😦

If it is sunny, we set off, and get to see others enjoying the weather like this πŸ™‚ See the clear blue skies? Such a treat to see that.


Only to realise that a lot of others have the same idea.Β  So we sit in a traffic jam , crawling, coering 4 miles in 45 minutes. There was also an office space sortΒ  situation, with the traffic, video below for more information πŸ™‚ After a point, we decided to relax and enjoy the weather.


Or drive through country roads where the speed limit is 60 mph, but we could never dream of driving at that 😦


Driving through country roads that looked( see that puddle in the side of the road?) and smelt (of cowdung) like Indian roads πŸ™‚


Driving aimlessly through the yorkshire dales and ending up in a quaint little town, with a square like this..


And a church like this…


And wrapping up the trip outside with some park side fun πŸ™‚


And it’s all going to come to an end soon :(I am going to miss these summer days so much!

PS: Have not yet reached the comments on the previous posts – had a busy weekend. Will get thereΒ  – I promise. (Disclaimer especially for Hitchy’s notice πŸ˜‰

74 thoughts on “Celebrating summer..

  1. so the potluck picnic happening soon??

    No yaar , potluck picnics and barbecues are jinxed here. Anytime we plan – we can be sure of rain. Today it is raining so much that it is dark at 4:00 in the afternoon 😦

    • Aioo put on rain coats and have a lollipop party jumping in puddles.

      When it is constant rain – you lose all enthu for a lollipop party 😦 Plus Poohi is sick – thanks to all that getting wet and jumping in puddles:(

  2. Driving through country roads that looked( see that puddle in the side of the road?) and smelt (of cowdung) like Indian roads -indian connection yaha bhi??

    That was the first time we came across the smell of cowdung πŸ™‚ Horse dung – plenty πŸ™‚

  3. whats happening…I just saw swaram hopping by here and there..how come I came first???kya baat hai!
    anyway let me revel in this glory πŸ˜›

    Yes, revel in it πŸ™‚ Its not often that we get through, before the comment sensations;)

    • He he really πŸ˜› May be it ws my aatma

      *******Gumnaam hai koi πŸ˜‰ ?**********

      Goodness! Now we have ghosts in the blogosphere too πŸ™‚

  4. hey smitha,
    Lovely pics…
    summer is almost gone here as well, making way for fall.. 😦

    I know, and makes me sad. Because it starts getting colder and darker..

    the wind is getting cooler by the day..a few weekends left though.. so we should make the most of it.. πŸ™‚

    For us, this year, we have hardly had any summer. Just a few days of sunshine. So every day matters:)

  5. πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜› I love driving without an aim or destination πŸ˜› enjoy it till it lasts πŸ˜›

    We love that too! The only thing missing is a road side dhaba to have hot chai and samosas πŸ™‚

  6. wow.. the pictures are like wallpapers, I will say… πŸ™‚ enjoy the summers last few days πŸ™‚ hope your rainy season doesn’t turn strong..

    There is no rainy season here. Autumn is next. Rains happen all year round 😦

    and poohi into adventure.. YAY πŸ˜€
    it’s poohi, right??

    Yes yes , it is Poohi πŸ™‚ She loves all this – she is not even scared 😦

    • why are you worrying Smitha..

      kids must be adventurous… I am one feared kid.. 😦 I am still sad about this.. my bro is very much adventurous..

      I know.. I am happy that she is not scared – though it helps if she were a teeny weeny bit scared too πŸ™‚

      my mom always used to say to me to be brave and take risks.. πŸ™‚ so be happy… but keep her under your eyes until she knows what’s a real danger and what not…

      Yes, you are right! You are very wise Kanagu πŸ™‚
      I know you will Smitha πŸ™‚

  7. wow nicely done smitha..i liked all the snaps you clicked here…summer is really beautiful :)..the video is so true for murphys law πŸ˜›

    That video totally demonstrates Murphy’s law πŸ™‚

  8. Wow! Awesome pics!

    Lovely lovely that church looks πŸ™‚

    It was beautiful.. I wish I could get a house and live there – it felt so peaceful πŸ™‚

    • Get a bakery there and hire me too…U can give us all employees our very own little English Cottages.

      You want me to fold up my business before I start it?

  9. such wonderful countryside! the fluffy clouds look so wonderful

    Yes, fluffy clouds look especially nice to us as it is otherwise raining all the time.

  10. Nice snaps smitha,i loved the snap of poohi having fun.

    πŸ™‚ Thank you Saritha !

    What car is that in the first snap??

    No idea! It looked so cute that I had to take a pic of it πŸ™‚

    Can’t open the video,will come back to see it πŸ™‚
    Cool πŸ™‚

    This friday i drove my car,it was a great experience

    Congratulations!!! That must be so wonderful!!!

  11. Ohh I remember the ever present rain!
    And the clouds and the wind. Made me want chai and samosa all the time.

    See – you’ve described it so well!!! Makes me eat all kinds of junk too 😦

    Love the pictures.
    The church’s garden is beautiful.

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  12. 9th

    LOL @ the 9th!

    Loved the pictures Smitha, beautiful blue sky!!

    Thank you IHM – We loved that day too πŸ™‚

    Poohi is enjoying herself … did she know the camera was focussed on her? πŸ™‚

    No – she was too busy climbing πŸ™‚

  13. Nice pictures. Glad you had a good time in spite of the traffic jam. We have the same situation here in California.

    We were not in a big hurry – driving aimlessly πŸ™‚ So it was fun either way πŸ™‚ I thought California weather was very good?

  14. loooooooooong drive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    perfect! that church looks really awesome smithu! i dunno why, i love churches!! πŸ˜€

    Me too! I love the old old churches here! They look so lovely and historical!

    will u please go give poohi hugs and ummas! now now now!
    she looks adorable!!!!!!!!!

    Given πŸ™‚ and Poohi has passed Hugs and ummas back to Crafty aunty- on screen ones πŸ™‚

    i wud just LOVE to sit with her on those swings behind

    swings are my weakness smithu… i have once in college gone to meet a friend and her neighbor’s lawn had a swing, and on my insistance she agreed to go over, and sheepishly introduced me to that aunty and told her that i wanted to go on the swing there…
    she never called me to her house again πŸ˜›

    Come here! We have swings 1 minute walk away πŸ™‚ You can spend all the time you like there πŸ™‚ Poohi will insist on sitting on your lap while you swing though πŸ™‚

    here, it’s supposed to be monsoons…. my umbrella is like a prop in my room and my rainy shoes are laughing at my face! it only rains at night…. its hot n humid otherwise!

    Oh – its been raining non-stop for the last few days here 😦

    i can never like sumer i think, coz it’s the indian, and typically polluted mumbai summer i am subjected to! 😐
    Yes, I started liking summer only after coming here.

    lovely pics smithu!!! hugs!!!!

    Thank you thank you πŸ™‚

    and i will one day be on swings with poohi! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Yes absolutely πŸ™‚

    • Oh yeah .. Poohi is one adorable li’l darling πŸ™‚

      Cn I join on the swing too πŸ˜›

      Sure you can πŸ™‚
      Smithu, when we both come with u to Wayanad na, me, Poohi N Crafty will hv lotz of fun jumping, running arnd and doing masti πŸ˜‰ Okie?

      Okie dokie! done deal πŸ™‚

      Aunty hs to do a lot of work to feed Kumbukaran n Bakasur πŸ˜‰

      Aunty will be delighted πŸ™‚

  15. i scrolled to see poohi again…

    πŸ™‚ You are a sweetheart!

    touchwood and kala tikka…. its a gorgeous snap! it has a lot of my favs – swings, greenery and my princess poohi!!!!

    muahs! i’m making it my desktop for few days πŸ˜€

    Thank you πŸ™‚ The greenery is so soothing, na?

  16. I hate summer …. I mean the days are so hot … 😦 …. you can only dream of going out during the daytime …. winter is lot lot better ….. 😐

  17. lovelyyy pics… sigh… London summer how i miss you!!

    so u have this habit of roaming/driving around discovering places on ur own, huh? me too!! I lovvve it πŸ˜€

  18. lovely pics! I wonder if you`re anywhere close to the Lake District(Grasmere/Windermere)? I was there last year at this time and it was beautiful!! The perfect English countryside..

  19. lovely pictures-specially the church and the town square look so idyllic, frozen in time.
    I wish I had the time to slow down and drive around-make the most of it. Summer will be back soon -hold on to that thought πŸ™‚

  20. wow.. u live in such a wonderful place Smitha..
    the sky in all the pics was picture perfect.. i would love summers even more if i were living in such a place..
    the last 3 pics tho..i am literally staring them for the past one hour..

  21. thought such roads r India’s alone! but what a lovely sight those are…have read about the English countrysides in books.. thanks for the lovely shots..

  22. I did comment here… dunnow what happened…

    maybe i closed the window without pressing submit button… 😦 I m going nuts …

    Beautiful pics… and your summer obsession… ok ok… I now know you live PHOREN !!!!!!

    stop showing off… !! will ya… yes you are in the GREAT BRITAIN !!

    bah… some show offs these…

    and is it poohi in the last pic ???/ its lovely… !!!!

      • there goes madam show off again… now she will show off winter pics…

        There is nothing to show off in winter 😦 It doesnot even snow properly here 😦
        and your new profile pic…

        aaay haay hariyali… !!!!!! as we would say in typical gujju hindi… !!!!!!!!!

        aaay haay hariyali… !!!!!! – LOL!

        lol !!!!! sooooooooooooper !!!!!!!

        **whistles loudly in mawali style**

        mawaali! Had not heard that for a while now πŸ˜‰

            • smithu!!!!!! u looking awesome……

              Thank you , Crafty πŸ™‚
              hubby calls u baby elephant??? u calling other women gazelle???!!!!

              Thats because you can’t see the whole me πŸ™‚


              u look PWETTY!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

              came home and when i switched on pc, and there is poohi on desktop!
              touchwood! i loved this pic smithu!! me gave her on-my-screen ummas!


              Poohi passes on, on screen ummas back to you πŸ™‚ Hugs!!! You are such a sweetie pie! I hope those people at work are not killing you with all the work!

  23. I hate winter. thank u very much.

    Me too SJ! And it is coming far too soon for my liking! Where is your friend Sakshi? Where has she gone missing?

    • She doing a show for the Dubai International Fountain Dancers. She might post the pictures if people ask her. In the meantime, just pray she wins the 1st place.

      • this is not fair,SJ..you get to see all the pics and us mere mortals are left out!whts your mantra?? πŸ˜€

        I know,Deeps!!! Unjust! Discrimination! what do you say?

        • I haven’t seen the pictures, she has lied to her husband and son that she is spending time in my place. She was afraid her husband might not allow her to participate in the dance festival. Even I am eager to see those pictures and her costume (not!)

          ha ha ha! You are a laugh riot SJ!

          • Well THE SUN has just offered an 8 digit amount for my fountain pics and I will send you all an autographed copy of The Sun once it takes the news stands by storm. *powdering her pretty nose*

            We don’t need the autographed copy of the sun – I can get it at the local newsagents, but we would all welcome a share of that 8 digit figure. What do you say, Deeps, SJ ? Didn’t we egg her on? encourage her relentlessly? and what does she offer us – autographed copies indeed!!!!

  24. Beautiful pictures esp. the last two. Poohi is growing up so fast. I still remember the first picture of hers you posted with Winnie the Pooh puzzles and I started calling her Poohi.

    You named her Poohi πŸ™‚ And now everybody calls her that πŸ™‚ I should include an acknowledgment in the About me page πŸ™‚

    BTW nice gravatar. πŸ™‚

    Thank you :

  25. Nice summerish pics!!!!

    Why so much worried? It will come back next year πŸ™‚


    You have to see the winters here to understand πŸ™‚ I should do a contrast post. Am sure most people are wondering about my obsession with summer πŸ™‚

  26. Beautiful photographs, Smitha! I think Poohi is in her own world, doesn’t know that her mom is taking her photograph to display in her blog post!

    Thank you πŸ™‚ Yes, she is in her own world!
    Yes, English summer is superb. Our rainy season is superb …but when will it rain here?!!

    I wish I could send you some of the rain – it has been raining here every day- for more than a week now 😦

  27. I want to move to wherever you are living right now! Soo beautiful!
    Even the pics on your previous post. Breath-taking!

    πŸ™‚ Only in summer πŸ™‚ You should see it in winter πŸ™‚ Cold and desolate 😦

    Also, I noticed you changed your pic and I must say, you are one HOT mama! πŸ˜‰

    Ha ha πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚ That picture is very deceptive πŸ˜‰

  28. Yes Smitha! I believe all us Brits are going to miss the summer soon. (Not that we’ve had a proper one this year. It’s been raining most days. 😦 )

    Love the pics BTW.

    LoL @ 45 mins for 4 miles. πŸ˜†
    Now why doesn’t that suprise me. πŸ˜‰

    BTW, I was remembering you on my way home on the train today. πŸ™‚
    How are are your driving lessons going?
    Any news on a test coming an time soon??

  29. I can understand why winter is not so pleasant. Here in Bangalore too, the winter is quite cold (for a person born in Chennai, too cold!). But one thing, we can enjoy a hot tea of coffee in the nearby restaurants!

    Oh yes! That is a blessing! I can imagine Bangalore being cold for somebody from Chennai πŸ™‚ Are you based out of Bangalore too πŸ™‚

    BTW you have been tagged on the topic ‘Fast Furious and Danceable songs. Please do when you have time.

    Thank you DI, Will do πŸ™‚

    Destination Infinity

  30. I just remembered my cross cultural training where we were said, that Brits love sunny days, while we hate it. And so on.

    Looking at your pictures, well i think summer is awesome. they way i name it myself “Sunny”

  31. Hi aunti nice photos πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much, Varunavi!

    how are you anti

    I am fine, thank you, how about you? I can see that you are a clever girl to be using mummy’s laptop πŸ™‚

  32. Smitha the above comment varunavi wrote.I came back here to watch the video and she saw the snaps and said she will write to u.

    She is such a sweetheart! Please pass on extra hugs and muahs to her πŸ™‚

    Now i will go and watch the video

  33. What is this? Make others jealous week? First Dhiren and now you???

    πŸ™‚ lol @ ‘Make others jealous week’ πŸ™‚ When winters come, you can make me jealous πŸ™‚

    Btw, nice profile pic πŸ˜‰

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  34. Beautiful pictures of the countryside in a country where every person starts every conversation with the weather – where the sun is an occasional and welcome visitor during most part of the year. All your posts are pointing towards the end of the happy, sunny and outdoor days. You have reason to celebrate the end of the summers and sunshine.

    yes indeed! UK has made me a sun worshipper πŸ™‚

  35. I love winters but yeah your summer pics are awesome. Poohi looks so cute. Btw just saw your new profile pic…wait till I put my Fountain pic on my profile….hmmmpf!!!

    Thank you Saksh πŸ™‚ Waiting to see that Fountain pic πŸ˜‰

  36. I love winters, thoughchennai hardly has any winter, at that time I miss north, quilts and hot cuppa tea:)..loved the pics, I love watching any new place:)

    ‘quilts and hot cuppa tea:)’ – That is how it is here – year round 😦 quilts for sure – cup of tea – whenever we can persuade ourselves πŸ™‚ It gets boring after a bit 😦

  37. Wow! That looks so good!! Sigh, I wish summer would never end. Its been raining and cloudy the whole week on this side of town!

    Same here 😦 It’s been raining cats and dogs here 😦 Horrible Horrible weather!

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