Today is my stop on The Switch Up L.A. Exchange Blog Tour and I am really excited to be sharing a guest post from Katy Cannon where she talks about her Lockdown Summer Essentials. As most of us will be spending a summer in some sort of lockdown this year, this post is a great read if you need some inspiration.
Thank you to Stripes and Little Tiger for allowing me to be part of this blog tour.
Katy Cannon’s Lockdown Summer Essentials
Last summer, I wrote a blog post about all the things I couldn’t survive summer without, and my favourite summer activities.
This summer, that list is looking kind of redundant. With lockdown still mostly in place, things like hanging out with friends and going swimming are just not happening. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still make the most of the summer months! So here’s my revised Summer Essentials list, to inspire you to have fun this summer.
Lockdown Summer Essentials:
- Sunscreen: Unchanged from the number one slot last year as this one is still vital. Look after your skin and your skin will continue to keep all your organs inside, and not cause you intense pain and embarrassing redness.
- My bike: A definite new entry, as I didn’t even own a bike last summer, but it’s my new favourite thing! I love taking walks in the sunshine, but my bike lets me get further, faster, and has the added advantage of making social distancing easier. Everyone gets out of my way when I ring my bell!
- My Kindle: Yeah, this one wasn’t going anywhere, either. Is there anything better than a summer reading list? I’m compiling mine now, ready to devour sitting out in the sunshine with an ice cream. (Drop me an email or a message on social media to let me know what’s on your summer reading list, so I can add it to mine too!)
- Journal and pen case: Another repeat from last year, because actually I think this one is more important than ever in 2020. This year, the world has changed around us in so many ways, and I think processing that is going to take us all some time. Journaling is a great way to work through the many, many thoughts we’re all having about life in 2020.
- Noise cancelling headphones: We’ve all been together in the house for three months now, barely seeing another person (except the postman, who basically feels like family at this point). Sometimes, we need a break from each other. A bit of peace and quiet is a very valuable thing! Plus I can listen to audiobooks, podcasts, or just some great summer music to lift my mood.
Lockdown Summer Activities
- Eat ice cream: I’m keeping this one from last year, because it just isn’t summer without ice cream! (The day our local ice cream van started doing his rounds again, we all raced outside barefoot to catch him, burning our feet on the tarmac. Ice cream has never tasted so good…) But this year we’re also making our own ice cream, following my Grandma’s excellent recipe. (It’s basically strawberries, cream and sugar all blended together and frozen, and it tastes divine. Send me a message if you want the recipe!)
- Get outside: A lot of the places I normally love to visit in the summer are off limits this year, but that just means I’ve had to get a bit more creative. In England, we’re allowed to travel a little further now for outings, but even when we were in strict lockdown we discovered all sorts of new walks around the town we live in, straight from our front door. I think it’s important to get outside, breathe fresh air, and soak up some vitamin D. It’s easy to stay in and read all day (tempting, too!) but I always feel better for getting outside each day – even if it’s just a walk around the garden, or at worst, sitting by an open window!
- Stay in touch: It’s easy to get isolated in lockdown, but I think most of us have also been embracing the wonders of Zoom and similar for staying in touch with friends and family. My brother has been running a Sunday night quiz on FaceBook since lockdown started, and I’m on a team with my parents, other brother and sister-in-law – we all debate the answers via WhatsApp! It’s fiercely competitive and a lot of fun. We came second last week, but I’ve got a good feeling about this week…
- Do a jigsaw: This is another new lockdown activity for me, and it’s perfect for those rainy summer days we so often get in Britain! There’s a weird sense of pride and satisfaction that comes from placing that final puzzle piece… (unless, like me, you find that your first jigsaw is missing a piece, and you never get that sense of closure!)
- Be kind: This is less of a summer activity, and more of a year-round one, but I think we need it now more than ever. Be kind to yourself this summer, because this year is weird and hard and we’re all doing our best. Be kind to your family for the same reason, even when they’re driving you up the wall. Be kind to people outside the home too, especially the ones working in shops, doctors’ surgeries, and other places we all need so desperately. Be kind on the internet, because it’s so easy not to be. Just be kind. Because that’s what this world needs us all to do more than anything this summer.
The Switch Up L.A. Exchange by Katy Cannon
Published By: Stripes
Released: 25th June 2020
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The second instalment in THE SWITCH UP series and the perfect read for fans of GEEK GIRL and SUPER AWKWARD.
Katy was born in Abu Dhabi, grew up in Wales, went to university in Lancaster, spent a few years splitting her time between London, Hertfordshire, and an assortment of hotels across the world. She now lives in a little market town not far from Cambridge. She has a husband, two children, and far too many notebooks.
As a teenager, Katy was constantly in trouble for reading when she should have been doing something else. These days, she mostly gets in trouble for dreaming up new stories when she should be writing the ones she’s already working on.
Katy’s debut YA novel, LOVE, LIES & LEMON PIES, has been translated into eight languages. Her latest book, THE SWITCH UP: LA EXCHANGE, is released in June 2020.
Katy is represented by Gemma Cooper at The Bent Agency.