Summer treats to get you through 2020


2020 is set to be a strange, confusing and painful summer for many people. These little treats will help you all.

Back to Nature days

Birds in the Ancient World by Jeremy Mynott is the perfect antedote to the stresses of lockdown summer. Take out and enjoy on your walks and compare birds in the wild to birds in the texts of the ancient Greeks.

Combines with this pair of scissors from Native & Co. to enjoy the wild at home and keep your bushes in trim.


Beach-free Beach Holidays

The perfect thinking person’s beach read this summer, Roberto Calasso’s Celestial Hunter can be enjoyed miles away from a crowd on the Therm-a-Rest Lite Seat from Outsiders store.

City-free culture vultures

Cairo since 1900: An Architectural Guide by Mohamed Elshahed is the perfect introduction to the beautiful modern architecture of Cairo, whilst Mike Hope’s Art Deco Architecture celebrates the Egyptian inspired architecture that went massive in the early part of the twentieth century. The perfect way to explore the city, from the safety of your own home.

Avoid the glare with these Tortoise & Green Izipizis.

Museum-free Museums

Have you ever spent time looking, no really looking, at one object in a musem? Nigel Spivey’s book on the Sarpedon Krater (a masterpiece of Greek ceramics)  is the closest you will get to this refined pleasure from home.

And of course, once you visited the museum you have to visit the cafe. Enjoy a slower pace with Hojicha Japanese Roasted Green Tea brewed in a Kyūsu from Native & Co. Very chichi.

Hiking walks

Go for a walk wearing these snazzy Adidas Terrex Walking Boots from Outsiders Store. Like the idea of walking more than the reality, discover David Miles evocative book on the Uffington White Horse.

Sustainable and non-lethal slaying

In the old days, killing dragons was a relatively common pratice as told by Christopher Hadley in Hollow Places. Now-a-days we are more aware of how fragile ecosystems are. Special incense from Native & co. will keep away mosquitos, so you can enjoy your evening in peace.

Creative pursuits

Inspire your passion and find your inner artist with the British Museum’s new book on Piranesi drawings and a watercolours starter set.

Revenge body ready

Getting ready for the big reveal, when you can show all your hard work after months of healthy eating, exercise, yoga, mindfulness and learning languages, and practising new crafts, juggling care responsibilities and constantly cleaning? So are we. For everyone else a little magic might help. Egyptian Magic cream and a book of spells written by boffins on Ancient Magic.

Rainy day realness

“Sunny days are here again, except on Friday” as the famous nursury rhyme goes. Get ready for the Fridays with the Royal Game of Ur and the new Senet magazine dedicated to boardgames.

Spa days

Enjoy Bettany Hughes’ sensual prose as she tells you the story of Aphrodite, the goddess of love born from the sea foam, in her new gorgeous book. Combine with  Hinoki Spa from Native & Co. for pure indulgence.

Yemen Appeal

If you are fortunate enough to be able to enjoy these small indulgences over summer, please do consider supporting important causes. In Yemen a combination of years of conflict and now the pandemic are having a devastating effect. A small amount of money can have a massive impact. Donate through UNICEF or Islamic Aid.


We hope you have enjoyed this guide. How will you spend summer? Let us know in the comments below.

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By Rhakotis Magazine

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