Good morning and a very merry Monday to you, dear reader. How was your weekend?
In the grand tradition of Brits overdoing it on the first day of sunshine, I have some very fetching sunburn on my back. In the equally grand tradition of Brits just after the first day of sunshine, I crossly insisted that I hadn’t been in the sun for very long, and that I “shouldn’t” be this red. That’s right. I am so British that I subconsciously imagine a system of justice behind the weather.
Tomato-complexion aside, the sunshine has a lovely effect on lots of things. I think that there are a few which deserve a bit more attention:
- The most average-looking places look like movie set locations. For example, I am not a huge fan of South London, but Kennington yesterday was a delightful sight. After the new writing night I skidaddled down to a pub by the river for a friend’s birthday, and found my lot on a rooftop terrace. This would have been fairly glitzy for us on a normal day, but in the sunshine it felt like an industry party in LA, darling. (Except that we had wine and cupcakes, not champagne and cigars. Close enough, right?)
- You feel so much more zen. It’s probably a combination of things: cloudless skies remind us of infinity, lying on the grass makes us feel more at one with nature and being warm in general makes us a bit sleepy. I mean, philosophical.
- Life becomes a window shopping trip. This might be more for girls than guys, but I love seeing what kind of sandals, sunglasses and pretty summer dresses people turn out in when the temperature gets above 22 degrees. Also, people are happier and more confident in their nice summer clothes, so if you really like someone’s outfit you can actually ask them where it’s from, and not get a standard “stranger danger” glare.
- Sunglasses make everyone look amazing. I really don’t know what it is about sunglasses, but everyone looks really, really good in them. I have no idea of the psychology behind this (especially given that eyes are meant to be the windows to the soul and therefore pretty important in attraction, surely), but sunglasses make everyone look like rock stars.
- Sunglasses make everyone feel better. This one is fairly obvious given the last point: when we know we look good, we feel good. Instant confidence from something as simple as a pair of glasses is one of the weirdest and loveliest side-effects of weather like this. Also, sunglasses of different tints and hues give people unique perspectives: for instance, my friend Rob’s sunglasses are a brown-ish colour. More than once yesterday we were treated to the exclamation “Everything looks like a photograph from the seventies!” I don’t know why that made Rob so happy, but it did, and who are we to judge?
- Ice cream trucks are everywhere. Creepy and perturbing music aside, ice cream trucks are essentially vehicles of joy, and their purpose is to deliver deliciousness to all and sundry in a given postcode area.
Have a sensational Monday.