If you follow me over on Instagram, chances are you’ve probably seen these photos already. It was the summer solstice last week. We planned on having a bbq just for the three of us and my husband had this grand plan of waiting for the longest day to end by reading Harry Potter to T on the hammock. We also knew that it was also going to be the last day of the “heat-wave” (at least for now) and that by nightfall, the weather would turn, although we were hoping that it wouldn’t.
Little T re-reading one of her Ottoline books just before the sun hid behind thick clouds.
And sure enough, by the time our bbq was ready, the temperature dropped and the sun disappeared and I could see the mist appearing over the fields, it was like a scene from a scary movie or a Stephen King novel.
Mist descending, it actually looked really eerie.
But my husband was still determined to go through with his plans especially since he promised T that she could stay up late(ish). By the time I cleared our dinner away, he had somehow managed to dig out our garden lamps from the shed and made us a lovely cosy nook in the garden.
As soon as T saw this, she plonked herself down on the hammock as we finished our chores for the night.
I loved the little tea lights hanging on the tree and our big hurricane lamp which my husband laid on the garden wall. It does give it a lovely ambiance, doesn’t it?
Once we were done with our chores, the Historian started reading to T, as I sat beside them on a lounge chair, sipping my tea also listening to the story.
It’s a lovely memory. I hope T remembers this. The sound of her dad reading to her on a hammock one summer solstice, amidst the mist, with just light coming from the garden lamps. We stayed on till it was too dark to read and our solar lights have lit up. T wanted to see the owl light she got for her dad on Father’s Day lit up.
There’s her owl, surrounded by her dad’s flowers. It’s the best Father’s Day present her dad exclaimed when he opened it. Apologies if my photos are all blurry since I only used my phone to take photos.
What about you?
Did you celebrate the summer solstice too?