When you are, like me, in the Western hemisphere, tonight is the shortest night of the year and the start of Summer. Would you like to come on a Solstice adventure with me?
Here we are, at the start of our evening walk. I hope you are wearing good shoes, wouldn't want you to twist an ankle on your town spikes or anything!
Just look at this road. Where will it lead us? Where would you want it to lead? To a new life perhaps, another job, a fresh loving relationship, a richer future? Or are you satisfied with where you are in life?
As you can see, along the waterways of our walk, the swans all have babies. They use the long evenings for eating as much as they can eat, and then cuddle up all together for the night. It's still too early for bats, but the swallows are out in force, swooping and calling to each other. And if we are really, really lucky, we might see this beauty.
Probably not though, they keep themselves to themselves.
We'll continue our walk, along the country lanes into the dunes by now, for we are walking towards the sea.
The sea is omnipresent in my corner of the world.
There is no escaping it. It rules our climate.
On the way to the beach, we pass a garden. The Cosmea are in bloom, catching the last rays of sunlight. And the bees are out in force, making the most of the long evening to gather as much pollen as they can.
They especially like the clover, which covers entire meadows at the moment.
Now, if you are like me, you are now pricking up your ears to try to catch the sound of the cuckoo.
We are very close to the beach by now. Are you still keeping up? Don't worry, we're almost there. One more dune to climb.
And here we are.
We'll walk towards the water's edge, and sit in the sand, and later on we'll build a camp fire to keep the chill at bay. I hope you didn't forget to bring the wine?! We'll ask my favourite Dutch band Jodymoon to sing us a song. Use the link for Playing Around
We'll watch the sun sink into the sea, and the first stars come out. And we'll reflect on Life, and all its sorrows and joys.
Happy Summer Solstice to You!