When I think back to my childhood, there are some memories which are far more vivid than others: pretending our picnic table was a stage and performing for my family; playing in the paddling pool with my brothers and sister; and quickly slurping up the juice of a refreshing lolly before it dribbled down my chin and onto my knees.
All of these memories took place in our garden.
Therefore I was utterly delighted when I asked my own son what his favourite thing about Summer is, and the instant and eager reply was "Being able to play outside in the sunshine!"
There's nothing that we like more in the Summer than opening up the French doors onto the patio and racing out into our perfectly south-facing garden to enjoy a day of fun and laughter, soaking up the vitamin D from the warming sunshine. Whether it's playing badminton (and hoping the wind doesn't blow the shuttlecock into next door's hedge), using the climbing frame as a goal, helping daddy to fix play equipment, playing in the mud-kitchen, getting the sprinkler out, eating a refreshing lolly or using the leftover stick to help plant seeds, there is an abundance of entertainment in a garden.
And it's these ordinary moments which make Summer memories.
I'm off to join the boys in a game of badminton, why should they have all the fun?!