Bloomin' football world cup nonsense has meant that I was unsuccessful in prizing my hubby away from the television this evening. I had wanted to go forth into the glorious Yorkshire countryside on this special Summer's evening and do something happy and celebrationish with my family. Inexplicably, I adore both the Solstice days each year in June and December and it always feels really important to me that we celebrate them in some small way. I feel compelled to do it somehow, and am seriously miffed if it doens't pan out. Bah. I felt so very irritated earlier, stropping and harrumphing and deep sighing, but then I pulled myself together and set about arranging my very own personal celebration.
It's cloudy here but beautifully warm, so I took myself out to the back yard with a small jam jar of flowers and a couple of candles. I made myself a cup of tea in my rainbow mug, took my patchwork blanket to sit on and wrapped myself in my beautiful Home Poncho. And I rippled. Oh those soothing rows of sea and sky colours worked their magic and I felt a wave of calm wash over me as I sat there quietly and worked. I heard distant music, gentle adult chatter and the sound of children shouting and playing as my neighbourhood went about it's evening business. And I gave thanks for this life of mine, for the happy house that we live in on this friendly street, for these long summer days when the Little People can still play out at 9.30pm.
Happy Summer Solstice to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere, and happy Winter Sostice for those of you who are upsidedown! I hope your day has been wonderful wherever you are in the world ♥
ps the above photos were taken at 9.45pm x
Edit to add :: thank you so much Laura in South Africa, for sharing these beautiful words, a Wiccan blessing for Summer........."As the sun spirals its longest dance - cleanse us, As nature shows bounty and fertility - bless us. Let all things live with loving intent and to fulfill their truest destiny."