Friday, 20 June 2008

Summer Solstice

Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere .. the longest day. The day when the sun which warms and energises us reaches its finest hour in our part of the world. Many cultures have revered the sun, often as a powerful 'Father' figure.. and it feels appropriate that we celebrated Fathers' Day last Sunday, in the same week. And many religions have some kind of festivity or celebration around this time towards the end of June.

I am in the habit of having a little barbecue in the roof garden one evening around the time of the longest day, and hope (weather permitting!) I might be able to do this over the weekend. Usually a very simple affair using one of those little disposable barbecue trays. I just enjoy being able to sit and eat outside in the evening, and stay for a while enjoying the light and warmth. Its a great opportunity to appreciate the garden in its full flower and be grateful for the sun's energy which brought it all to life.

Astronomical explanation of the summer solstice

Twenty facts you didn't know about the summer solstice


Border Reiver said...

Hi Hedgewitch, just read your comment on my blog, so blessings to you too on your blog. Quite a picture you paint with your disposable BBQ. I hope you have a few candles too and just sit enjoying the sun's rays.

ICQB said...

Thanks for the links. Hope you have a wonderful solstice day.

Q said...

Happy Solstice!
Enjoy your barbecue.
Thank you for the links. I enjoy knowing the folklore and the facts..

Nutty Knitter said...

Happy Midsummer! :o)

Anonymous said...

Hi Hedgewitch! I've been reading your blog for a few months now, and the summer solstice seemed like an opportune time to tell you how much I've been enjoying your writing.
Say hi to Elsie for me!

Cheryl said...

Hi Hedgewitch....happy summer solstice....I can see you on your lovely balcony surrounded by your wonderful herbs.....enjoy.

Mo said...

The summer solstice is not truly the longest day. All days are 24 hours. It is the day that has the most sunlight - most people have been taught incorrectly on this. It's kinda like 'hot water heater' - no such thing.

Hedgewitch said...

Thank you, everyone.. I hope you all enjoyed the solstice!

We have a wonderful sunny Sunday here today so I added a shot of a miniature sunflower that opened for midsummer :-)

Welcome Ellen.. many thanks for your lovely comment, I'm so glad you're enjoying Earth and Tree!

Mo, I think people just generally refer to 'day' meaning the daylight part of the 24 hour cycle? So in that sense it is the longest day :-)

Yarrow said...

Lovely. These are beautiful sunflowers.