Just about my favourite day of the year. Sunrise at 4.53am, sunset at 9.31pm, and in between all of that beautiful warm summer light.
The nights are mild, too warm for a quilt.
The back door is open all day long.
Boys spent the morning playing World Cup football in the garden. At half time they had to go and forage in the rainforest for food. They found peas, beans, leaves and berries.
I spent some time staring at this lovely silk yarn that I won in Ellen's giveaway, and some more time staring at Ravelry. Did I mention I'm not very quick at making decisions? I think I'm almost there though. I'm wondering just how small the needles need to be for lace weight yarn. And just how slowly it will grow. But I'm looking forward to it, really looking forward to it. And the summer solstice feels like the right time to be thinking about it. It's a light, exquisite yarn with soul. Whatever I make it's going to be special. Silk has the magic of summer captured in its unique fibres.
I put this sweet hair clip in my hair this morning because today felt like that kind of day. Kari sent it to me a while back, and I love it. She asked me what colours I like, and came up with exactly the kind of palette I would choose myself.
I took it out after lunch though when we went swimming. There's a lovely little outdoor pool about half an hour from here, and it's blissful on a hot day. And really good value. Ice pops for 10p! It's not often you can buy anything for 10p any more. There are home made cakes and cookies for 40p. And all five of us can swim for £7. The boys always have a really good time there, it's so much nicer than an indoor pool. When it's not in use it's covered with a clear dome, and I think the sun must heat the water because it was deliciously warm. I'm not a fan of freezing cold water and I usually spend the first ten minutes of swimming tiptoeing round trying not to get wet and shrieking if I get splashed. (What, I'm a girl). But this pool on a warm day - wonderful. The littlest boy is wearing his birthday t-shirt as he eats his lolly. Did you know, every stripe is a different flavour? It doesn't get much better than that.
Afterwards we went for a wander to the little park in town. Everywhere I looked there were beautiful midsummer flowers, trailing over ancient walls, mingling prettily against a blue, blue sky, filling the air with intoxicating scents.
I do hope this most wonderful of days has been enchanting for you too.