Sunday, 21 June 2009

Summer Solstice

Who needs Stonehenge when there is an equally magical stone circle inside the chicken coop?

This morning thousands of people flocked to Stonehenge to celebrate the Summer Solstice. The girls were up at the crack of dawn too ready to see the sunrise on this magical day.

This astronomical event occurs twice a year when the earth's axis is inclined towards or away from the sun. This is considered to be the beginning of summer, and in medieval times, healers would gather herbs and plants considering them to have miraculous healing powers.

I think Braith is just happy she has longer to scratch around for grubs and worms.

But Branwen got into the celebration of the sun and went totally bonkers!

Elizabethans believed that this was a time when all sorts of magical things happen and an old tale states that if a maiden sets a table with a white cloth, placed bread, cheese and beer upon it, then the man she was to marry would join her for supper either in person or his ghost.

It appears some were less superstitious - Branwen got stuck in on her own and within a few seconds started to demolish the bread without even waiting to see who turned up to join her!

I think she even drank the beer!

Of course our most famous Elizabethan - William Shakespeare brought the celebration to life with his play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Could this be Titania , queen of fairies sat under my maple tree? And are those her little attendants, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth? But where is Mustardseed?

There she is - showing off again.

On a magical day like this - nothing is impossible and sometimes fairy tales come true.

Happy Summer Solstice - enjoy the day.


  1. Di this is lovely. I'm glad the girls were there to celebrate the beginning of summer but where is the duck?

    Sue xx

  2. Hi Sue

    We must not feed the ducks! So I could not encourage their company today!!

    Lots of love

  3. What a lovely post.

    Best wishes Di enjoy your summer.