An Ode To Summer
“Live in the summer. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. Known as Sumor in Old English, we’ve arrived at the season of basking under a warm sun and revelling in the much-needed vacation we’ve all longed for.
Making time to gather together, travel and enjoy ourselves more (perhaps work less) defines the grand escape. Longer days and shorter nights makes it all the more joyful. In keeping, we introduce our brand new range of Lush Spa Towels to keep you cool, refreshed and squeaky clean.
Scroll through for our compilation of art, literature, film and all which expresses that inimitable summer feeling:
BY AMY LOWELL
The day is fresh-washed and fair, and there is a smell of tulips and narcissus in the air. The sunshine pours in at the bath-room window and bores through the water in the bath-tub in lathes and planes of greenish-white. It cleaves the water into flaws like a jewel, and cracks it to bright light.
Little spots of sunshine lie on the surface of the water and dance, dance, and their reflections wobble deliciously over the ceiling; a stir of my finger sets them whirring, reeling. I move a foot and the planes of light in the water jar. I lie back and laugh, and let the green-white water, the sun-flawed beryl water, flow over me. The day is almost too bright to bear, the green water covers me from the too bright day. I will lie here awhile and play with the water and the sun spots. The sky is blue and high. A crow flaps by the window, and there is a whiff of tulips and narcissus in the air.
Amy Lowell, “Bath” from The Complete Poetical Works of Amy Lowell. Copyright © 1955 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Copyright © renewed 1983 by Houghton Mifflin Company, Brinton P. Roberts, and G. D'Andelot, Esquire. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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A still from The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), one of our all-time favourite psychological thrillers that turns up the heat.
Heat Waves by British indie rock band Glass Animals has been the song on everyone’s lips lately – the lyrics hit different now that we’re listening to it, “late nights in the middle of June…”
Untitled (Four Men on a Deck), circa 1930-44, gelatin silver print by Sinhalese photographer Lionel Wendt
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
Homepage banner: David Hockney, Afternoon Swimming, 1979
Article banner: David Hockney, Steps with Shadow F (Paper Pool 2), 1978