The Summer Solstice is my favorite day of the year. The light that lasts and lasts–for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere–draws me out into the warm, into the sun, into the green and the flowers.
I may spend a good chunk of the longest day inside at the keyboard–but the sun still beams. I may spend another chunk inside my little gym, but I leave the windows open to the air (and the fan on!) instead of closing them up for the AC. And I work up a good, healthy summer sweat.
Then, as the Wheel of the Year turns to Litha, as the calendar marks the official start of summer, I can pour a glass of wine, stick a couple of Milk Bones in my pocket, and go outside to walk in that strong light.
My gardens celebrate with me, growing and blooming and showing off all the work of spring. The bees are very busy, and a deeply blue, iridescent dragonfly enjoys the flowers as much as I do.
I’m going to ignore the dog poop on the pavers–BW has to have something to do when he gets home. And despite discovering Parker has nosed into TWO of my pots (WHY???) I dispense the marvel of the Milk Bones.
It’s so quiet, nothing but birdsong, and the perfect end to my workday. A nice chance to wander, a nice chance to sit awhile by the water feature–and admire how BW secured the doors I bought in Louisville in the spot we chose.
My lilies have begun their dance–the deer repellent’s working!–and seeing them glowing in the sun is such a joy for me. Hydrangeas are heading up, and a single one has already bloomed blue. Purple coneflowers, astilbes, false sunflowers bursting with color as the foxglove and delphiniums bloom off in a cycle, a circle of growth and life.
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Summer is light and heat and color. It’s lush green shade, kids playing, dogs napping. It’s trips to the beach and backyard barbecues.
It’s a time to bask in those long, long days and warm nights. However you spend your summer, I hope you take time to pour that glass of wine (or beverage of your choice) and sit awhile in sun or shade, and bask.  

19 thoughts on “Midsummer”

  1. Although I’m not happy on the intense days we have in upper 90s I love my flowers and peaceful garden. I enjoy reading myself into another place and possibly time ( depending on book) on those days. Your books are a treasure, your garden is beautiful, and I love your Kentucky doors. Thanks for all you do and share.

  2. Perfect!

    I embrace that warm mantle of sun and turn toward the light…everything is possible! Gone is the dark time!

    The dog embraces the “Door to Eden” and can race about the yard at will…what a luxury.

    And to top it off..the new Nora to read!!!

    Life is sublime…may yours be also.

  3. What a lovely way to brighten my morning, since it is raining here in NS! And what a perfect spot for the Kentucky doors…almost like it was just waiting for them. Thanks for sharing and for everyone of your books which I’ve read over and over. Blessings!!

  4. I certainly hope you will always be able to have the time to share your adventures with us. I so enjoy reading your news. It gives an extra umph (sp) when reading your books and knowing a little about the author. It’s like you have become a friend/pen pal.

    Thank You,

  5. What a lovely passage! I feel as though I am enjoying your garden too. You always bring your readers into your stories with your fabulous voice and take them on an unforgettable journey. Great pictures and beautiful doors! Wonderful addition. Enjoy your garden and the sultry summer. Blessings.

  6. Flowers are beautiful and everything looks peaceful. These pics makes me feel like I’m there.

  7. Love seeing the fruits of your Spring labor! Your gardens are looking beautiful. Thank you for sharing! ENJOY!

  8. What a wonderful way to start my day,looking at your beautiful gardens. Really do enjoy reading your up dates, wishing I was there in your gardens with that wonderful glass of wine. Also looking forward to your next book, Here’s to a beautiful summer!!!!!!

  9. I do so enjoy these blogs. My Sunday was great, the temperature was in the eighties with no humidity. I had some friends go on vacation, and I go over and dog sit and water the flowers, and while I’m there, I take a dip in the pool. It was sooo nice.
    Your flowers are beautiful again this year. I’m glad you found a place for your doors. They look great!

  10. What beautiful pictures, thanks so much for sharing! The doors look like they’re ready to whisk you off to a new portal, perfect. Have a lovely summer!

  11. Thank you Nora for sharing your Solstice blog! I too adore Midsummer! My group and I did a fairy ritual, and it was wonderful. Your garden looks absolutely gorgeous. Many blessings to you and yours at the Solstice and always!

  12. I spent mine w/a good friend at the beach, then a bbq at night. I don’t have the energy to bend down and dig in my garden, like I used to.I’m sure all that yoga and working out, keeps you limber.What a beautiful haven those gardens are. I love the white fairy to the right of the photo. If you have ever been bitten by a bee, it gives you a healthy respect- I try to keep a safe distance. I don’t wear any fragrance when I’m out- how do you keep from being bitten?

  13. Start my day with the sunrise and the peace and quiet of the country life. I enjoy the colors of the day.

  14. I sat outside at the community picnic table under the pergola tonight with my son in law Joe and we talked about everything and nothing. No wine for me as I have a new medication but I had a nice tall glass of diet Pepsi and young man by the name of Shou from the Philippines came along with his 2 beautiful dogs and we talked about his college, his apartment, his dogs and what a beautiful evening it was. Then we took a walk to the pool and sat looking at the water for a little while and watched the kids splash and play and it was the perfect summer Solstice
    Hugs, Beth.

  15. I so enjoy your posts where you include photos of your lovely flowers and property. I kill everything I try to grow, except weeds, so have no flowers. But I have a lot of trees I enjoy when I look out my office window.

  16. The cicadas are dive bombing us the second we open a door or a car window in southwestern Pennsylvania. I stay indoors as much as possible with the air conditioning drowning out the roar of the cicadas. I cannot wait for them to go back where they came from.

  17. Love the pics of your beautiful garden. Also love the cover on “Bay of Sighs”

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