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Summer. Many people’s favourite time of year. The weather is warmer, the days are longer, spirits are higher.

In true British style I’m not a massive fan of very hot weather despite my love for the long sunny days that summer brings, and an almost constant need to be outside (normally doing something) that fills me when I see that it’s a beautiful day.

This summer, I have decided to take a step back from the modern world a bit. This is not to say that I won’t be watching TV or using the internet or anything like that, but just cutting down the time that I spend looking at a screen.

Despite technology and my constant use of it, I have often thought of the days when things were simpler because of the lack of technology. I’ve always loved history and would engross myself when I was younger trying to understand what it was life was like for people almost a century ago when life, and the purpose of life was very different from today. Like many people, I have often wished there was a way for me to travel back in time, to feel and understand and live the lives of those who have been before me that almost seem unfathomable nowadays.

My family is quite old fashioned and is probably where I get most of ideals from (although I do like to think that I come up with some of them myself) and since I’m an historian in training, what better way to spend the summer than taking up some of the popular hobbies from the periods that interest me. I’ve always enjoyed reading and will take a paperback over a digital version any day; there is nothing better than sitting in the garden on a warm summers day with the sun on your skin and a book in your hands!

Since I have a lot of time on my hands this summer I thought I’d try something new like cross-stitching and embroidery and possibly crochet. Although these aren’t things I need to know how to do like sewing a button, it’s nice to do something a bit different to how I would normally spend my time, and I expect will produce a sense of achievement when they are completed.

This summer is going to be a chance for me to rewind and take a small step back in time!