Top 5 Things to Love About Summer by Jess Anastasi – Guest Blog

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Top 5 Things to Love About Summer

Summer is by far my favourite season. You know what’s even better than summer by itself? Summer in Australia! Here in the land of Down Under, the weather is starting to warm up and I couldn’t be happier.

1) The Beach
When you think of an Aussie summer, a beach is one of the first thing you picture, right? Sparkling crystal waters, white sand for miles and endless blue sky. You can bet it’s as gorgeous in real life as it is in the photos. There’s nothing quite like sand beneath your toes, salt on the warm breeze and the sun glinting off a beautiful Aussie ocean. Even better? An ice cream melting from the cone over your fingers faster than you can eat it. Nothing beats ice cream at the beach in summer.

2) BBQs
Is there anything better than a few snags on a barbie in the backyard with a couple of mates on a summer evening? To translate, that would be a few sausages on a BBQ with friends. So you might need to burn a few citronella candles and cover yourself in bug spray to keep the mozzies (mosquitos) from biting. And you might be forced to eat with one hand because your other hand is constantly batting flies away. And your beer (or chosen drink) might get warm within two minutes because it’s so bloody hot. But that’s what makes it so Aussie!

3) Christmas and Holidays
Anything other than snow and a white holiday season probably sounds like the weirdest thing ever to people in the northern hemisphere, but there is something really awesome about the holiday season coinciding with summer. Kids are on school holidays from early to mid-December until the beginning of February. Many families celebrate their festive holiday lunches outside on a patio or in the garden, sometimes by the pool. Its always a long, lazy afternoon, and since we have the public holiday of Boxing Day after Christmas, we get extra time to recover from out indulgences.

4) Summer Fruits
Some of my favourite fruits, including stone fruits like cherries, become available at this time of years and end up forming an integral part of deserts for the holidays. I’m generally a big fan of fruit, and in summer I love nothing more than to head to the grocery store (or occasionally a farmer’s market) and pick out all the tropical fruits, berries, citruses, grapes and stone fruits I’ve missed all the long winter. Even better if you have a tree or two in your own backyard where you can pick the fruit at your leisure.

5) Thongs
Not THOSE types of thongs. I’m talking about the quintessential Aussie footwear. Unless you have several different types of thongs – dressy thongs with things like diamenties on them, casual thongs, and your well-worn backyard thongs—then you can’t really call yourself an Aussie. Thongs will go with anything for any occasion and I refuse to believe otherwise. It’s so much easier to slide your feet into a comfortable pair of thongs on your way out the door instead of messing around with socks or laces or buckles or who knows what other type of footwear. If I lived in Queensland where its warm all year round, I probably wouldn’t have any other types of shoes in my closet.
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There you have it. The top 5 things I’m looking forward to as the weather warms up and we head into another Aussie summer.

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About the Author: Jess Anastasi has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred, and now she gets to make up stories for a living. With a multi-award-winning science fiction romance series to her name, her books feature larger-than-life heroes with relatable vulnerabilities who find themselves in situations that push their resolve to the limit. Jess is a tea addict who loves loud music, dancing in her kitchen, and a good book on a rainy day. A fangirl at heart, she probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia. Find out more about Jess and her upcoming releases at her website.

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