Hi, Charlotta here from Space For Inspiration!
My personal summer postcard to you is sent from:
Though my heart beats for Swedish Summer (the best in the world!), this little post card is stamped in Sydney Australia. Where I happen to live!
Despite being mid August, it is Winter here in Australia. Not at all warm or sunny! As if that is going to stop me from sending you my Sydney Summer greetings..!
The one thing you can’t miss when visiting this unique and fun city is:
Not only is it incredible to climb onto a world-famous icon from 1932 (!), but also an exciting rush to stand 134 meters (440 ft) above the sparkly waters of the harbour and see this breathtakingly beautiful city beneath.
Climbing the bridge was one of the first things I did when I moved here from London 11 years ago, and something I definitely would do again!
My way of relaxing this summer:
One of my favourite Summer past-times is hosting and/or attending alfresco parties, and let me tell you, the Sydneysiders are great at this!
Be that a lazy afternoon BBQ, a poolside snack, a spontaneous picnic dinner on the beach, a full garden party, or a boat trip to the famous Sydney fish markets for some fresh seafood, I just love the idea of fun, uncomplicated and relaxed gatherings in the gorgeous outdoors!
In my opinion, the perfect hostess gift:
In my mind bringing a good bottle of wine is mandatory, and in the heat of the Australian Summer I love drinking a nice cool glass of Chardonnay from the legendary Leeuwin Estate Art Series.
Aside from, and in addition to the wine, I think Summer is the perfect time to be creative and fun with the hostess gifts. You know, a little more playful and casual than the more formal gifts that tend to come with Wintery events. One thing I love giving to friends with a garden is a hammock. I know no one who doesn’t love this restful way of spending an hour or so in the shade of a great tree, with a good book and cool drink! A gift that can be enjoyed by the whole family – old as young.
An absolute must read book this summer:
A book I have read many times and that I can warmly recommend to all & any of you is the legendary ‘Siddharta’. Written by German born, Swiss writer & artist Hermann Hesse in 1922, this book is beautiful and full of wisdom that is relevant to people of all cultures and ages. The perfect company for those lazy hours in the hammock..!
You will find me dreaming about this design item from my hammock (I want it so badly!)
Hmmm.. no, this Summer (ahem.. Winter..), I am dreaming of a large print of Nick Brandt’s ‘Buffalo Group Portrait – Amboseli, 2006‘. I saw this amazing shot in a 2m x 1m format at the fabulous Shapiro Gallery only a couple of weeks ago and I felll in love instantly!
With that I wish you all a fabulous rest of the Summer!
Sydney is slowly easing its way through the last of Winter, and soon I too will be skipping around barefoot and tanned! The fleeing weeks of relaxed and carefree enjoyment of Summer pass too quickly. Live in the moment, to the fullest, and have fun!
(For more on Charlotta and her fabulous blog go here).