We gathered with friends on Summer Solstice to celebrate the longest day of the year. It was a beautiful evening of fireflies, potluck picnic, story and dancing round the bonfire. Ines read a beautiful tale, called The Midsummer's Bride by Barbara Leoni Picard.
Additionally, we have been spending time on our CSA (community supported agriculture) farm, Full Sun Farm. The kids love to help planting, weeding and harvesting. Of course, they especially love wandering into the strawberry or blueberry patches, and swimming in the pond at the end of the day. I have a great appreciation for my food after experiencing what effort goes into growing each veggie. We come home exhausted, in a good and fruitful way.
Another big midsummer event was a dramatic storm that brought high winds, torrential rain, thunder and lightning and hail. I watched the huge hundred plus year old neighborhood trees bend and wave in the wind. All of a sudden a huge crack sounded and a giant oak crashed down onto the street, a few houses down from ours. It did some damage to a car but thankfully, did not harm anyone. After the storm, the sunset gave a rich pink hue to everything.