Midsummer’s Eve, a celebration of the longest day of the year falls this weekend. It is a special time of year, with the hedgerows, fields and gardens in full bloom; everything so green and fresh and new. Despite the grey weather today, the week has been sunny and warm, and it feels time to acknowledge summer’s arrival. I have even harvested some rhubarb, baby beetroot, and soft herbs from the allotment this week. It is so satisfying for the hard work to begin to give something back. I like to take time to step back from the day to day tending, watering and picking, and recognise the mid-point in the year… it feels so important and significant. The longest day, the shortest night, solstice.
Taking inspiration from the beautiful Scandinavian tradition of Midsommar* celebrations, I have ideas for flower crowns, strawberry cakes and lantern lit dinners outside. It is a magical time of year, and whatever the weather does, I will be celebrating…even if it is with a slice of cake, elderflower cocktail and a tea-light in the garden!
*Swedish Midsommarafton and Midsommar, Finnish Juhannus, Danish Sankt Hans Aften, Norwegian Sankhansaften.