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Midsummer celebration here is on the first friday after summer solstice. 

We get together with neighbors, discuss the weather and stuff, picknick in the green and dance around the maypole. 


The weather is grey, but I’m glad for the rain this morning. Now off to the old timers party all night. 

Later this evening

Glad Midsummer!

  
  
  

The third crop circle is tilled, bedded, sown and planted, except for a couple of beds saved for later lettuce. 

 

The fourth and last one is almost done too (it’s larger). I may be finished with this stage of the gardening by midsommar (solstice) this year. 

The midsommar (solstice) weather was cold. It got down close to frost that night, so winter jackets were put to use for the night of revelry. The dance floor got initiated.

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But, mostly we ate, sat around the fire and played and sang with extra gusto to keep ourselves warm.

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With one week to go to the annual midsummer nights dance, the dance floor is finished. We are hosting this year.

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There are a lot of splinters and rough edges that need to be worn down, so wear boots or clogs.

No bare feet or high heels!

All are welcome!

It’s warm, windy, the sun is shining almost all night and there is a promise of a little rain for this evening. Perfect for the Summer Solstice Celebration.

A picture from last year.


I always try to get all four crop circles filled out by solstice, and this year I succeeded. Yesterday I planted out all the remaining plants and seeds, leaving a couple of beds empty for a later crop of lettuces. Most of the first weeding is done too. Last year I was later by more than a week.

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Now I can feel relaxed for a couple days of partying.

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We celebrate Midsommar.

The summer solstice is a very big holiday in Sweden where it is called Midsommar (Litha in ancient times). Only Christmas is more celebrated, perhaps because it is a disguised celebration of the winter solstice (Jul).

On the eve of the solstice families get together at the local commons to picnic as well as to dance around a fertility pole. Later everyone goes to a traditional party in nature (garden, park, beach, meadow etc) for dinner, drinking and revelry often all night long.

This is the shortest night of the year and the longest day. It is considered the beginning of summer. The summer heat accumulates for the next few weeks making the climate warmer and dryer even though the days gradually get shorter.

I try to get my garden pretty much in place (sown and planted) by Midsommer. I always seem to have a little left to do tho. After Midsommar it will mainly be maintainance like weeding, cultivating and watering to do until harvest and food processing take over more and more.