How did you spend The Longest Day of the Year?
“Summer Solstice arrived on Saturday, June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT. The length of time between sunrise and sunset increased by one second between Saturday and Sunday and then decreased by 2 seconds today – Sunday. Our sunsets stay at 8:25 through the first few days of July, but the sunrises will begin becoming later immediately after the solstice. The speed at which we lose daylight is very slow at first, but speeds up each day. By the time we get to July 7th we are losing a minute a day and by the end of July just over 2 minutes of daylight disappears with each passing day……”
Did you spend your extra two seconds eating or sleeping? Did you spend it with family and friends? or perhaps under a big oak tree gazing up at the clouds wondering how to spend that precious time allotted to you…….
some folks spent it at Stone Hedge in England…. perhaps the most famous monument associated with summer solstice celebrations.
Standing tall on the Salisbury Plain in southern England, the giant rock formation was constructed by prehistoric worshippers beginning about 5,000 years ago.
In Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, the sun never dips below the horizon on the longest day of the year. Imagine the all night parties! the sun never sets……how do they convince the children that its time to go to bed?
The Ehrwald Basin in Austria is known for elaborate fire displays that are lit each year to commemorate the summer solstice. Once the sun has set, 8,000 fires ignite along the valley floor and up the mountain slopes, depicting animals and other images….
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”……………… by St. Augustine
While I smile at the thought of long evenings studded with fireflies and the sweet smells of freshly cut grass and lilacs, the lake glistening in the sunlight, picnic tables with cold water melon and the laughter of the children running barefoot through the sprinkler, corn on the cob so sweet it gives you a headache, the cool breeze that blows through the pines and the sounds of the evening birds and crickets ……
I think to myself and say “SNAP OUT OF IT!”
I spent the longest day of 2014 washing out paint brushes, cleaning paint off the windows, trying to figure out how my pure white “Westies” now look like skunks with grey lines on them or how to keep the squirrels out of the feeders which Bradford the Bear decided to give one more shot, and how do I keep the chipmunks out of my tomato plants!
This summer brings two weddings, three birthday parties, a company outing, all three dogs annual vet appointments and grooming, septic and fireplace/chimney cleaning, planting and trying to figure out landscaping for the front of the house, how to make it up our hill for my “Determined morning walks”, eating only salads for lunch for the entire summer, decorating this house on a budget and making it out to the farmers market – which is only open on Wednesdays!
What will get me through this summer?……….
181 days till the Winter solstice…….