Harem pants and swimming in the Thames

Some of the greatest things about hot weather: Rediscovering the benefits of harem trousers you’ve had hidden in the attic for years, sitting in beer gardens all night long, sipping ice cold sodas at every available opportunity, ready made picnics from Sainsburys, taking an impromptu dip in the Thames wearing nothing but your pants…

The kids enjoy the garden at The Crown Hotel, Chertsey
Lily (wearing a fab neon pink and white dress that is a mere £4 in the H&M sale) gets stuck into her book
The boys are wearing their matching Marvel t-shirts from Fabric Flavours
Cooling down with a paddle in the river at Chertsey Meads
El gets right in there
He was under strict instructions to keep his head up and his trap shut: There were loads of families taking the plunge (who knew?)
Lily’s on boat watch
Even Matt had a paddle
I played it safe on the bank in my old Warehouse harem trousers – ridiculously comfy and cool in the heat
Just enough time left for target practice: Lily is wearing a nicely nautique dress from TK Maxx that she inherited from me

Written by Johanna Payton