I love when JA Lang visit's my blog. As I am a fan of all things English this is a fun post. She is giving an e-copy of Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle. One lucky reader will win this book. What is your favorite thing to so in the summer? Do you have a favorite summer vacation spot? Leave comments and email for a chance to win.
Welcome JA, so glad you can be here today. I haven't been to England but have always wanted to go there.
A Very English Summer
Hi there, cozy readers! What’s summer like in your part of the world?
I live in Oxford, not far from the gently rolling hills of Cotswolds where the Chef Maurice Mysteries are set. So when Shelley invited me to guest post on a ‘summery theme’, I thought I’d share a few snaps of what we get up to here in England to celebrate the arrival of the summer sun...
Wimbledon starts in a week and Murray fans -- yes, we know he’s Scottish, but shhhh! -- will be out in force, lugging their picnic hampers up Murray Mount to watch the matches on the big screen outside No. 1 Court. At the same time, the local tennis courts, silent and leaf-strewn all winter and spring, will suddenly be overrun with wannabe tennis champs, dusting off their rackets and practicing their backhands.
Meanwhile, the rest of us will be lounging on the grass with a glass of:
2. Pimm’s & Lemonade
The quintessential English summer drink. No one quite knows exactly what Pimm’s is -- a quick Wikipedia search reveals it’s a ‘fruit cup’ style, gin-based liquor -- but mixed with lemonade or ginger ale, it’s synonymous with summer, anyhow. Serve it up in a big jug, garnished with mint, sliced orange, strawberries, cucumber and, of course, a large handful of ice.
3. Eating Outdoors
Despite the famously capricious English weather, nothing says summer quite as much as an outdoors feast. Time to hose down the garden furniture, chase the spiders out of the BBQ, and be prepared for your male relatives to unleash their summer speciality: burnt sausages and underdone burgers
Best leave them to it and work on your tan with a bit of:
After hiding under woolly jumpers and thick tights all winter, it’s time to flash a little flesh, either in your own back garden, in the local park, or by jumping on a quick flight to Europe (where, Snow-White-like, you’re guaranteed to be the fairest of them all -- apart from any fellow Brits, of course).
And last of all:
5. Quidditch Matches
Blame Harry Potter, but take a stroll in the parks of any university town, and you might just come across a group of students running around clutching brooms and yelling ‘Watch out for that bludger!’
No, I don’t quite see the point, either.
So that’s what I’ll be up to this summer! What about you?
J.A. Lang is the British author of the Chef Maurice Mysteries, set in the little Cotswolds village of Beakley and featuring Chef Maurice, a French chef with a growing appetite for solving crime.
The next book in the series, Chef Maurice and the Wrath of Grapes, will be out on July 13th.