Summer Solstice

I haven’t been doing much participatin’.  Just a phase I’m going through, methinks.  However, I did start this two days ago (what?) and am finally ready to share today.  dVerse on Monday Haibun was hosted by Frank J. Tassone and he suggested we celebrate the Solstice (summer for the northern hemisphere, winter for the southern).  I love this time of year because it still has a mix of cool and warm days, especially in the Montreal area.  It’s a little Russian Roulette weather-wise.  Come mid-July to mid-August, we risk getting the gross, humid, hot and life-sucking heat.  So, I shall take this time to celebrate the little joys.

The tulips, rhododendrons, and lilacs have come and gone, their scent barely a memory before the next wave of blooms take centre stage, such as daisies, irises, and lillies.  Hatchlings have broken free from their shells and are looking less and less like little aliens and more like their parents, wings coming in slowly.

Yes indeed, Summer Solstice is upon us in the northern hemisphere.  Before the humidity and serious heat hit, we are graced with temperatures hovering around the 25℃ (75℉).  Daisies sway in the lovely breeze, bees are buzzing, roses are blooming and strawberries are starting to pop up to join with the rhubarb – cakes, pies, cordials?  The sounds and scents of summer fill the air.  And when the rains come?  They can be gentle or fierce, accompanied by thunder and lightening. Oh! To have a covered porch again so that I can feel I am one with the elements!

To Summer Solstice

Coming to life with aplomb

Soak it all in now



Most Scented, Flowery Day(s)

Today, my aim is to overload your visual senses (you’ll just have to use your imagination or your memory for the olfactory ones)!  After having biked with Mick for 45 minutes yesterday and over an hour today, and after having made the boys’ lunches (I really do have to start making them the night before – yes, I know, they could make their own but I enjoy ensuring what they eat for lunch contains some fruit and veg!) I then walked the Zeke-meister – did my 10k+ steps yesterday but only made it to 9k today – fear of rain, to tell the truth.  The flowering trees and bushes were just ahhhh-ma-zing! The scents were intoxicating.  Beautiful.  I am far from a connoisseur of flora.  Truth be told, I know nothing but the basics – tulips, daisies, magnolia (because I SO want one), maple, lilac… you get the point.  Here are some bleeding hearts, tulips, magnolias, dandelion and other weeds… as for the rest, I’ve no clue!  But do enjoy, please!

So, without further ado…

The dark pinks

The yellows

The purples

The whites

The soft pinks

As the rain falls in my neck of the woods, nourishing my freshly planted garden, I can smile as I had time to capture these beauties….