Summer Bucket List

Beach pail

            I always feel sad this time of year because summer is half over and I  haven’t done everything I planned.   Winter is brutal and long here in Canada which makes us appreciate summer even more but even if you can’t afford to rent a cottage most of these summer pleasures are free.   We still have almost a month left though….how many things have you crossed off your summer bucket list?    There is still time to:

Have breakfast outside on the deck    breakfast outside

Dry your sheets on the line….ah the smell 

sheets on line

Vintage clothes dryer

Go to the beach and watch the waves   waves on beach

Buy some colorful beach towels Beach Towels

Read a big fat beach book with your toes in the sand   

Beach Book

The Perfect Beach Book

Build a sandcastle with some little ones 

Feed the seagulls French fries   seagull

Go strawberry picking     strawberry picking

and blueberry picking…..make a pie Blueberries

Feast on summer fruit  

 Lay on the grass and gaze at the stars on a starry starry night 

Starry NIght Over The Rhone

Starry Night Over The Rhone

Visit an art gallery or museum

Watch tiny fireflies   

Watch major fireworks

Toast marshmallows around a bonfire

Nap outdoors on the swing   nap on swing

Barbecue a steak on a charcoal grill while camping    Steak on grill

Dine alfresco at a restaurant with a view of the water   

Visit a farmer’s market   

Peaches for Sale - AMc

Peaches for Sale

Make jam   

Go fishing    

Make a pitcher of punch or lemonade 


1/3 pineapple juice, 1/3 cranberry juice. 1/3 ginger ale

Listen to summer music while driving (see Summer Playlist

Watch a summer storm over the lake   summer storm over lake

Drink coffee on a park bench

Park Bench

Pack a picnic lunch   picnic basket

Have an ice cream/gelato cone   


Simply the best Canadian gelato

Go to an outdoor art/craft show

Watch a sunset   sunset over lake

Attend an outdoor concert

Watch the sailboats race    sailboat race 

Eat corn on the cob and ribs 

Have key lime pie for desert Key Lime PIe

Gaze at your solar lights before bed   

 Watch a summer blockbuster on a hot humid day

Have an afternoon nap on a rainy day

Clean out your summer closet

Shop the summer sales (keeping in mind next years vacation)

If you’ve missed any, you still have time left – get moving, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen!


Summer sailboat

What is your favorite summertime activity?




12 thoughts on “Summer Bucket List

  1. invitationtothegarden says:

    Such simple summertime pleasures to savor! With triple-digit heat in central Washington state, we mostly hibernate in a/c, but I do read summer beach books, one after another. Sunday evening was cool enough for dinner alfresco on our blue and white courtyard, however. My favorite time of the day during summers is the early morning on the courtyard, with tea and prayer book and journal, and my cocker spaniel by my side.

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    • thehomeplaceweb says:

      It has been 40 C with the humidex here for days….not weather to go out in for any length of time. Your courtyard sounds very peaceful. I highly recommend Elin Hilderbrand’s latest beach book….sometimes I get tired of her but this one was different, more concentrated on the mystery and the characters.


    • thehomeplaceweb says:

      I was at the farmer’s market on Saturday and the early ones were sold out here but I think they will be ready this week. I want to make jam again….and maybe blog on farmer’s markets….I wish summer would never end…..


  2. rhc55 says:

    I think your summers are rather different to ours in the UK, though this year it was exceptionally hot and for a long time – sadly over now I think. We don’t live near the sea – our closest coast is the Severn estuary and the tide goes out so far that you hardly ever see the sea itself. I do love the long daylight hours, I immediately feel more cheerful as soon as we put the clocks forward in March, and I love being able wear shorts and T shirts and live in flip-flops.

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    • thehomeplaceweb says:

      Our summers have changed, they are longer, hotter and this year lots of rain. They also seem to persist into autumn more. We often don’t have any snow before Christmas, but then the winter lasts longer and we don’t have much spring. It seems like the seasons are shifting?

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      • invitationtothegarden says:

        I’m sure they are! Usually, the autumn in the U. S. Pacific Northwest and British Columbia are just perfect, with sometimes an “Indian Summer” in October following an early frost. I love that time of year after increasingly uncomfortable summers. Sometimes, however, winter hits suddenly before the autumn leaves have even begun to fall. Heavy wet snows bends laden birch branches right down to the ground.

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