What does Summer Solstice mean? Beyond that it is the longest day of the year, in terms of daylight, it means to me that I finally need to dig out the summer clothes!
That's right. I wear my winter clothes as long as possible. I scrape along in T-shirts and jeans and a pair of slip-on Clarks until I realize that ... it ... is ... HOT! Then I find that I can't wear my sandals (because my toes aren't polished and I'm just not that kind of a girl) and all my summer clothes are stored in the basement! Time to swap out the clothes.
It's a bit of a task. I have to look through the light clothes in my old childhood dresser in the basement, see what is viable and then lug them all up 2 flights of stairs to our bedroom. Because our bedroom has a cove ceiling and a big "pocket" over the staircase - the dresser has been built into the wall. Then sweaters, long-sleeved shirts and heavier pants get relocated back down in the basement. But I'm not complaining - I love our little old house, with its small rooms, sloped eaves ... and many, many stairs. At least I get my exercise!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2019
What an incredible Summer Solstice we are having here at Meadow Sweet Grove! Bright, beautiful sun, strong warm breezes - perfect for drying laundry and . . . the magical appearance of a fairy ring in the garden! This is a really grand compliment as fairy rings (rings of mushrooms) only appear in places that the fairies themselves have chosen as a desirable place for their evening revels and dancing. In fact, the little toadstools are evidence that a merry dance has already taken place. For wherever the fairies dance; the mushrooms are said to appear.
The fairy ring marks a special, distinct space from the human world. It is often seen as a gateway to fairyland or another dimension where the fairies will keep you for a year and a day. We can't usually see what (or who) is inside the fairy circle ... when we look in from the outside. And if a fey beckons us to join in the dance - do we dare go in?
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017 / edited 2021
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