Summer Indulgence

Oh, and what is summer for? Other than spending time in the wilderness, summer is also for indulging without spending a fortune:

1. Enjoy all gifts from Mother Nature

So many berries, both from the forests and homegrown, and so many ways to eat them.

Seasonal berries

2. Attend all kinds of (free) cultural activities

It might not be a Rio Carnival, but we do have our own!

Summer Carnival

3. Travel with my favourite reads

You can survive anything (boredom) when you have a book to read along. I always have one with me, wherever I go.

A Novel

4. Get silly and find inspiration

As we wandered around the street of PΓ€rnu, during wee hours this past weekend, we came across this writing. I won’t even talk about why the photo is blurry. πŸ˜€

Inspiring Image

5. Give myself permission to be lazy

The countryside is unhurried, and a best place to take it easy.


And how is your summer going, so far? Please do share!

Every Friday, I share five random things I’m reading, watching, doing and thinking about. You’re most welcome to join the conversation.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and blogger. Her blog focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, and also features poets and their books.


  1. Berries are a favorite summer thing for me. We started growing strawberries and raspberries. Although the plants are doing well, I don’t think we will have fruit until next year. Love the carnival photo! I love to get out on Saturday and Sunday mornings to enjoy some nature or other outdoor activity. The afternoons are much too hot to enjoy the outdoors here!

  2. Oh yes, berries are just yummy in summer. So, here’s to hoping your plants thrive and bear fruit in many years to come. πŸ™‚

    I do enjoy the nature and landscape photos on your blog; lovely outdoors. Do continue to have enjoy your summer Val, and thank you for reading!

  3. Books have all imaginable superpowers.

    I love that first picture. The angle of the shoe, all that red, the tightness of… um, everything. πŸ˜€

    This summer, I am reading and writing as always, exercising a lot, and trying to sleep for healing.

  4. They do, indeed.

    That photo is my favourite, too. The tightness of “everything” is a summer poem. πŸ˜€

    Reading and writing is part and parcel of it. A writer is at work all the time. But I was thrilled to hear that you are also travelling, among other things, this summer. Do enjoy my friend, you deserve a holiday!

  5. These are wonderful Khaya! I love fresh berries! You are so right, there is so many things to do in the summer, that are free! “Strangers In The Night”! LOL! Cute! For me this year, since I got back, I’ve been working, painting and gardening! I need to go for a walk! LOL! Big Hugs!

  6. Great to hear you are back to painting, among other things. πŸ™‚ Certainly, a walk in between all that work is always good. Enjoy your summer, my friend. Big Hugs!

  7. Fresh berries! OMG, yes, one of the best parts of summer. When the kids were little we’d sometimes gather wild blueberries in Maine, or blackberries near their grandparent’s house.

    I have my books and am working hard at being lazy on my family’s summer trip. LOL, I finished two out of the three books I brought with me. Thank goodness I have a kindle and can raid my son’s book supply. πŸ˜€

  8. Oh, lovely! Berry-picking is a wonderful past-time, and most kids love it.

    That sounds like an idea summer break with lots of time to read. Some books are also easy to read, and can be consumed much faster. And thanks goodness for Kindle. πŸ˜€ Enjoy!

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