IF ANY time in the year is the time for outdoor living, it is now. Eating, playing, working, even sleeping - do them outside now and feel the difference.
This is also a great time to cut costs and your impact on the planet. Dry all your laundry on the line, eat fresh food like salads, fruit, juices - all things that don't require non-human energy to prepare.
Barbecues are always fun; enjoy them with a clear conscience by cooking over charcoal from sustainably managed sources. Now the World Cup is over give the flat screen a rest and enjoy the evening sitting in a deckchair with the birds and flowers for entertainment.
Walk or cycle whenever you can - it's so much more appealing than when the rain is lashing down.
We've been pretty lucky with July, which on the whole has been a month for even the less dedicated sun worshippers among us to get out and catch some rays.
There aren't many better places to do this than your own garden, patio or balcony. Private, economical and when you fancy something to eat or drink, just pop inside to the fridge. So much better than fighting it out with the holiday-making hordes.