Sunday, June 21, 2009

images from our solstice

Summer solstice was cool and rainy this year. That is pretty unusual and we enjoyed it so much. The rain was over by the time we had the tea--it was just pleasantly cloudy so we could sit outside and enjoy. There will be plenty of sun soon so we are not worried about that at all.



The chicken salad from Bluebirdbaby was excellent. I'll be making it many times in the future, I'm sure. Those little crumb cakes were delicious as well--not sure why they sink in the middle--they always do--but they are so yummy I'm not too concerned. (The crumb cakes are from this sweet book.)
Jacob is home from college. Isn't he awesome?
Faith with her cousin Katherine, visiting from Colorado.
Gam and Papa!
And this from earlier in the day: Dieter and Rainer went on a walk in the rain with their daddy while I cooked the food. On the solstice, Ken measures the children. Both of the little boys had grown a lot! So happy about that.

18 comments:

ponderingponteuf said...

It looks like much fun was had.
I see some lovely fuzz growing through on Rainer too:0)
Happy Solstice

Mary Beth said...

Yes, he's totally getting hair now! We are so excited, and it feels wonderful--we love to stroke his downy head.

Carrie said...

Rainer is looking totally like a Brewer in his hoodie picture!

Alicia said...

That looks fun! I love all the colorful mugs.

Jane said...

It looks just lovely. I love your cups!

Celia said...

Love this post! It's so sweet and fun to make a party for the solstice! Here we have fires, etc... to celebrate!
Lovely day you had!
Thanks so much again for sharing your family joy!

Joy said...

It looks like a lovely celebration with lots of family. :) Very sweet. Happy solstice! :)

Elizabeth said...

That looked lovely! You really made such a wonderful spread for the family. I haven't hosted a party in ages--I tend to get too stressed hoping for perfection.

Pork pies are very common here in the UK--we have them on the occasional walking trip.

Can you put a link up for your raspberry bars? They look yummy and I'm hoping I'm going to have a glut of raspberries this year.

We passed by a highway about 15 miles from Stonehenge today--the road leading to it was closed due to the amount of people already there this morning!
Happy Solstice!

Jessica said...

I really love your solstice celebrations. They really do give a rhythm to the days and year. It looks like it really was a great time with everyone in town to join in!

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog! Every post is beautiful and inspiring. Can you recommend a book or source for learning about the solstices? I'm interested in celebrating them with my family. Thanks!

Mary Beth said...

Thanks everyone for all the solstice love.

Anonymous--I love learning more about the Solstice too. I do have some book recommendations--just look these up on Amazon, okay? Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions. "Festivals, Family and Food", "All Year Round", and a novel "I Capture the Castle" (in which there is a wonderful section where the protagonist celebrates midsummer with a special ritual--it's wonderful).

Elizabeth--yes, I will post those raspberry bars this week.

Kelli said...

I love your celebration of the solstice. I remember last years post too.

gardenmama said...

Looks like a lovely Solstice celebration, I love the idea of measuring the kids on this day!
Sweet picture of the boys, little Rainer reminds me of my youngest little guy : )
I think you may enjoy my vintage apron mama and child giveaway! : )

Sarah said...

looks like a lovely solstice. I know what you mean about the relief when there is weight gain!

ArtsyTeree said...

This looks like great solstice celebration.
I really love your blog.

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Caroline said...

I enjoyed the cool weather, too! It looks like you had a delightful celebration.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recommendations! I'm excited to check those out!