Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy…I’m on a roll with these song-inspired post titles aren’t I? On Friday I enjoyed some time soaking up the sun in a hammock before the onslaught of the rain and a weekend of birthday celebrations. It was the calm before the storm. Isobel was so excited in the run up to her 12th birthday and the weekend was certainly a busy one! We got up early on Saturday so she could open her presents before a trip to a waterpark with a few of her friends.
Since I braved the water chutes at Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi three years ago I’ve gone from hating them to absolutely loving them! After the waterpark we came home and the kids had pizza and cake. Then Isobel had another friend round for a sleepover. I was at work on Sunday morning, then it was home for more fun and games and preparing meals and snacks. By the evening I was exhausted and crashed out on the sofa!
The weather has been very changeable the last few days but the sunshine is returning later in the week. As soon as the rain clouds disappear I’ll be soaking up the sunshine in this fabulous hammock from Tropilex again. I’ve had actually had this hammock since last year, but for various reasons I never got around to figuring out how best to hang it and actually using it. I had planned on taking it somewhere to enjoy a spot of forest bathing to destress and immerse myself in nature. (Forest bathing or ‘shinrin-yoku’ was first developed in Japan in the 1980s). However, two lockdowns and a busy work schedule scuppered that plan. Consequently, I let things slide and didn’t get around to it.
So instead, I looked for a stand so that I could use the hammock in the garden. Eventually I found this one on a UK site at a reasonable price. The hammock does hang rather low on this stand but it’s incredibly comfortable. The frames on the Tropilex website look great but they’re a bit out of my budget! I love that I can wrap myself in the hammock like a cocoon, it would be awesome to sleep in it on a warm, balmy night. (Tropilex also have outdoor travel hammocks made of parachute fabric that are easy to pack).
Tropilex hammocks and hanging chairs are woven and finished by hand by traditional hammock weavers in Colombia, Brazil and India. As a member of 1% For The Planet, Tropilex donate a minimum 1% of annual sales to support environmental non-profit organisations. All the packaging and paper is made from FSC certified paper or from recycled paper and shipping is C02 neutral.
I love the colourway of this hammock…so much so that I dressed to coordinate with it! My hat says “Wanderlust” on it, but honestly, when you’re chilling out in a hammock in the sunshine it really doesn’t matter where you are. I’m quite happy in the garden listening to music, reading a book or snoozing. I can gently swing myself from side to side and drift off…It’s impossible to feel stressed when you’re soaking up the sun in a hammock.
Tropilex hammock (gifted) | Karen Millen top (old) | Zara shorts (old) | Oliver Bonas hat | Katy Perry sunglasses (from eBay) | Ri-belle sandals (old)
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