Summer is a magical time of year.  We get to spend time outdoors enjoying everything that summer has to offer, and some lucky folk manage a bit of a holiday as well.  But we don’t need to go far to get the most out of summer.  Here are a few ideas to get out and about locally:

1 – Enjoy a family friendly festival.

With summer here there are quite a few fantastic festivals that offer something for the whole family.

Coogee Live is on over the weekend of 7-8 March 2020.  It offers a wide range of experiences for all including kids cooking classes, amazing concerts, even pirates and mermaids.

Get the full lowdown here https://coogeelive.com/whats-on/

2 – Hit the beach.

This is why we love summer.  There are so many beautiful beaches in the area you’ll surely find one to suit the needs of you and your family.

Coogee beach is perfect! The shark barrier can give you the peace of mind to hit the waves with confidence. Swim out to the pontoon or if you’re feeling adventurous, leap from the jetty with the locals.

Just up the beach is the Omeo Shipwreck as part of the Coogee Maritime Trail.  This is Perth’s best kept shore based shipwreck and you can see it from the beach!  The trail is a fantastic way to spend the day and also includes an artificial reef and an underwater art gallery.

3 – Spend the day at the local park.

There are some absolutely amazing local parks, you may be lucky enough to have one just around the corner.  Why not make an afternoon of it and meet some friends or have a barbecue? Here’s a few of my favourites:

Dixon Reserve  – Ommanney St, Hamilton Hill

This park has an incredible fenced nature play area that is just so much fun.  The playground is mostly made of wood and other natural materials and the main features are a wooden fort and an obstacle course.  Also offering water play and amazing swings, this is definitely a park to check out.

Macfaull Park – Falstaff Cres, Spearwood

Upgraded in 2018, this park is awesome.  It has a small fenced playground and a beautiful new fort and swing set.  My favourite part is the double cable flying fox.  So much fun for the kids and the adults (I love it!).  The park itself is huge.  It is a great place to walk the dog.  This park also has a Disc Golf course.  With 8 holes and many natural obstacles, it’s a great way for older kids to get outdoors and have some fun.

Len Packham Reserve – Cordelia Ave, Coolbellup

Coolbellup’s brand new nature playground is my new favourite.  Located right next to the Cooby Skate Park, this playground was designed around the existing trees and the result is a lovely shady area for the kids to play.  This park has slides, ropes galore, bridges and so much more.

Pop in to Coolbellup Library on your way home and say hi!

SUMMER BOOKS

Link to Catalogue record for Summer Time

SUMMER TIME – ANTONIA PESENTI AND HILLARY BELL

Summer Time is a wonderfully evocative book that allows the reader to live an Australian summer through the page.  Each double page spread uses a measure of time to explain the feeling of the particular summer experience; an ‘instant’ is how long it takes to dry on the concrete after a dip in the pool or ‘8 seconds’ waiting for the fan to rotate back to you.

The collage style illustrations complement the rhyming prose and work together to magically transport the reader to the exact moment that the book is presenting.  From swooping magpies to squishy mangoes and annoying mosquitoes, this book is an amazing representation of our wonderful summers.

CHIP THE LIFEGUARD – KYLIE HOWARTH

A follow up to the gorgeous Chip, this book is a lovely tale of a seagull who has his heart set on becoming a life guard.  With the help of his friends, Chip sneaks his way into the nippers but is soon discovered and his dreams are dashed. An emergency arises and Chip manages to prove his worth and hoorah, his life guard dreams come true.

Howarth uses a limited colour palate in this book’s illustrations to evoke the feel of the beach in the Australian summer and her use of humour will keep readers both young and old delighted.

Link to Catalogue record for Chip the Lifeguard
Link to Catalogue record for Cherries

CHERRIES – CARRIE GALLASCH AND SARA ACTON

This book is beautiful in its simplicity. The story builds the anticipation of the summer cherry harvest through the repetitive use of the phrase “it’s not time yet”.  It conjures up the feel of an Australian summer through its depictions of everyday warm weather activities. Tyre swings over a river, giant sunflowers, balmy nights and mosquito bites all evoke the best bits of summer whilst waiting for the delicious cherries.

The water colour illustrations are breath takingly beautiful and work so well with the lyrical prose.  I adore this book and I’m sure that you will too.

SUMMER RHYMES

ONCE I CAUGHT A FISH ALIVE

One, two, three, four, five

Once I caught a fish alive

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten

Then I let it go again

 

Why did you let him go?

Because he bit my finger so

Which finger did he bite?

This little finger on my right

FIVE FAT SAUSAGES

Five fat sausages, frying in a pan,

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, one went BANG!

Four fat sausages, frying in a pan,

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, one went BANG!

Three fat sausages, frying in a pan,

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, one went BANG!

Two fat sausages, frying in a pan,

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, one went BANG!

One fat sausage, frying in a pan,

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, one went BANG!

Then there were no sausages left.

SUMMER CRAFT

Bee Bath

Create a bee bath to beautify your garden and provide our striped friends with a safe source of water.

What you’ll need:

  • A pot saucer or any shallow dish.
  • Rock, pebbles, decorative glass buttons.
  • Paints
  • Paint Brush

What to do:

  1. Use you paint to decorate your saucer any way that you like, but remember that bees see colours slightly differently to us.  Their favourite colours are purple, violet and blue. 
  2. Let dry.
  3. Fill with your stones and pebbles. These give the bees a safe place to perch whilst they are having a drink.
  4. Pour in enough water to leave the tops of the stones and pebbles uncovered.  The water needs to be shallow to prevent the bees from drowning.
  5. Remember to top up the water regularly, as the shallow water will evaporate quickly.

Bees are not the only animals that need a drink in the summer. Birds, reptiles and other insects would all benefit from a safe water source.  Why not dot a few water stations around your garden and help out our native friends during the drier months?!