Today the sun climbs to the highest point in the sky and daylight hours exceed the hours of darkness in our northern hemisphere. I’ve just discovered that he word ‘solstice’ means - ‘sun stands still’ and many diverse celebrations surround this Midsummer celebration.
However, midsummer day is actually the 24 June, not only that, it is the feast of John the Baptist and a ‘quarter day’. In England, Wales and Ireland the four quarter dates are - 25 March (Lady Day), 24 June (Midsummer Day), 29 September (Michaelmas) and 25 December (Christmas Day). As well as being the traditional days in English Law when rent payments become due, these days are celebrated religious festivals too.
But, whatever you choose to do on this, our longest day of the year, may you be blessed with much happiness. As for me, I will be found pottering around my garden and here are some pictures of how its been looking recently.
Swim buddies. . . . . . . . - An unusual pair at the swimming hole - the Brown Thrasher and the Eastern Bluebird. Neither one appeared bothered by the other - don't you love it whe...
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