Happy Solstice


How did you spend the extra few minutes of daylight today? (Apologies to any readers from the southern hemisphere.)


This evening, I took the time and planted a few lines of salad seeds. Seemed a suitable occupation to do on the Summer Solstice, somehow.nasturtium

 And the extra few minutes in the morning? Well that was spent settling our first Solstice visitor of the day.

baby bat 2 sleep

Yes, another baby bat. Just like last year. On the day with the most daylight, I started the day looking after a precious nocturnal animal. Throughout the day, I found myself almost wishing the daylight hours gone, so that I could try and reunite the baby with it’s mother. (No luck unfortunately.)

baby bat 2 face

The children welcomed our visitor. This evening, we stood outside and watched the rest of the bats flying around the house, hoovering up the biting flies. We watched a little owl sit up top of our telephone pole. The candlemas earth candles were taken outside and lit. The smell of beeswax wafted mixed with the first of the honeysuckle. It was a lovely evening.

cardinal beetle

Ah well. Always something to challenge us.

Happy Solstice!

8 thoughts on “Happy Solstice

  • Saturday 22 June, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I remember when we had our allotment, we planted by the moon one year, I do think it made a difference.
    What will happen to the little bat?

    • Monday 24 June, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      I had good intentions one year to plant by the moon. Needless to say, I failed. Maybe I should try again.

      I’ll be giving a bat update soon. I hope.

  • Saturday 22 June, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Happy solstice to you all. Juliex

    • Monday 24 June, 2013 at 9:24 pm


  • Monday 24 June, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Beautiful pictures. Like the first person asked, what’ll happen to the bat?

    • Monday 24 June, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks bridget. Bat update to follow.

  • Wednesday 26 June, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    we celebrated with a big bonfire at our friend’s farm!

    sending some rehab energy to little bat!

    • Wednesday 26 June, 2013 at 11:18 pm

      How lovely to get together with friends.

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