At Anorak, we’re a little nostalgic for the glorious, rose-tinted summers of our youth. Somehow rainy days spent by the beach, muddy walking trails and occasional bursts of sunshine resulting in sun-burnt-tinged noses are all the more endearing with hindsight. So, on this cloudy August day we find ourselves reminiscing and thought we’d introduce ourselves via a story or two…
Tales from Summer No.1: Nicky’s Story
For Nicky, the school summer holidays were all about playing street hockey on in-line skates with all the kids from the cul-de-sac and the perpetually grazed knees that accompanied racing up and down the street until sunset, fearlessly tackling the boys. Then on one special day a year when the weather was miraculously always perfect, all the neighbours got together for a street party, complete with BBQs, games of cricket and a few aging rocker dads who’d been practising for weeks to perform Dire Straits ‘Money for Nothing’.
Summer was also about endless days spent in the swimming pool, challenging her sister to underwater tasks all the while weighed down by a soggy t-shirt, pasted over her swimsuit to prevent the sun’s harmful rays. Then there was always that special sort of hollow hunger that came after swimming. To this day Nicky can’t get out of a pool without craving a scorching bag of salty chips.
Recreating the adventure:
Nicky will never be eight years old again but fortunately there are a couple of ways to recreate her summers of the past in the present:
The O2 roller disco is open until 5 September and offers the chance for all the family to get their skates on and roll to some cheesy retro tunes.
Check out Tooting Bec or Brockwell Lido for an outdoor swim in the city. Both have been recently re-vamped but maintained their gorgeous, retro aesthetic and offer plenty of splashing space as well as relaxed shady areas and the all-important cafe.