What we did on a Summer Solstice …

If you follow me over on Instagram, chances are you’ve probably seen these photos already.  It was the summer solstice last week.  We planned on having a bbq just for the three of us and my husband had this grand plan of waiting for the longest day to end by reading Harry Potter to T on the hammock.  We also knew that it was also going to be the last day of the “heat-wave” (at least for now) and that by nightfall, the weather would turn, although we were hoping that it wouldn’t.

Little T re-reading one of her Ottoline books just before the sun hid behind thick clouds.

And sure enough, by the time our bbq was ready, the temperature dropped and the sun disappeared and I could see the mist appearing over the fields, it was like a scene from a scary movie or a Stephen King novel.

Mist descending, it actually looked really eerie.  

But my husband was still determined to go through with his plans especially since he promised T that she could stay up late(ish).  By the time I cleared our dinner away, he had somehow managed to dig out our garden lamps from the shed and made us a lovely cosy nook in the garden.

As soon as T saw this, she plonked herself down on the hammock as we finished our chores for the night.

I loved the little tea lights hanging on the tree and our big hurricane lamp which my husband laid on the garden wall.  It does give it a lovely ambiance, doesn’t it?

Once we were done with our chores, the Historian started reading to T, as I sat beside them on a lounge chair, sipping my tea also listening to the story.

It’s a lovely memory.  I hope T remembers this.  The sound of her dad reading to her on a hammock one summer solstice, amidst the mist, with just light coming from the garden lamps. We stayed on till it was too dark to read and our solar lights have lit up.  T wanted to see the owl light she got for her dad on Father’s Day lit up.

There’s her owl, surrounded by her dad’s flowers.  It’s the best Father’s Day present her dad exclaimed when he opened it.  Apologies if my photos are all blurry since I only used my phone to take photos.

What about you?

Did you celebrate the summer solstice too?


  1. Rachel Neal

    That hammock looks so comfy we really want to get one but no where to hang it. We had a BBQ and it was boiling here all evening we sat out till gone 10 eat night as it was just so hot. Hope the hot comes back.

    • I’ve seen hammocks with a stand, so you don’t need to hang them from a tree 🙂 I hope the heat comes back too. It was lovely, wasn’t it?

    • Like I mentioned in reply to Rachel’s comment, if you don’t have trees in your garden, there’s actually a hammock with a stand! 🙂 x

  2. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    The heatwave was amazing wasn’t it. We sadly left for Greece in the middle of it and it was warmer here than there! I love your idea for making the most of the longest day of summer and eeking out the good weather. It looks so prefect down in your garden with the lanterns and hammock. fingers crossed last week’s rain is behind us an d you can enjoy more evenings like this over the summer.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids
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    • It actually only lasted till Wednesday. By nightfall, the mist descended and temperature went down. So yes, you guys didn’t miss much 🙂 I saw the photos on FB and looks like you guys had a fab time 🙂

  3. Oh that hammock and the candle looks so relaxing. We didn’t do anything, this is lovely!

    • It was indeed lovely! Too bad the mist descended and temperature went down. Otherwise, it would’ve been a really lovely night.

  4. Multicultural Motherhood

    We did not celebrate the summer solstice but I was tempted to go to Stonehenge to witness the sunrise. Unfortunately it seemed a bit impossible with such young kids. Maybe when they’re older! #CountryKids

    • Would love to experience the summer solstice in Stonehenge too 🙂

    • Hope you had a lovely birthday in spite the hubby being away 🙂

  5. Fashion and Style Police

    No we didn’t celebrate but I am loving what you guys did here. And your photos are beautiful.

  6. The hammock and candle looks amazing! what stunning photos! Im off to find you on instagram now! #countrykids

  7. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    I’m afraid we didn’t celebrate in any way! I value my child free time in the evenings too much to let them wait for sunset! Lovely photos of your time together
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  8. We went to the beach for summer solstice and the same thing happened – it was lovely warm and sunny one minute and the next the weather changed and you knew it was the end of the heat wave. I love your hammock and tea lights and still a lovely way to spend summer solstice

    Just popping over from Country Kids
    Laura x
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    • Thanks. Awful wasn’t it? Friends tried to convince us to join them on the beach, but my husband just didn’t want to let go of his plans. And the reported the same thing 🙂

  9. Annette, Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne

    What an idyllic way of spending the summer solstice! I love everything about this – the lanterns, the hammock, the family reading, etc. Beautifully atmospheric and memorable too. Well done!
    We didn’t celebrate the solstice as such, but we went camping for midsummer (23 June), and it was wonderful.
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    • Thank you. I so miss camping! We’re hoping to do loads over the summer 🙂

    • Yes, definitely. I think the kids will also appreciate it more when they are older 🙂

  10. Sarah | Digital Motherhood

    Oh this looks so great! I would love to be relaxing in that hammock with a good book!

  11. Stephanie

    These are looking so comfy and relaxing. I want to see that candle and hammock from near 🙂

  12. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    What a lovely way to mark the summer solstice. I love the idea of reading in the garden until late and T looks very comfy in the hammock. That mist does look quite eerie though! #countrykids

    • This was the first time we’ve ever “celebrated” it too. I think my husband was just looking for an excuse to do this 🙂

    • I’m afraid I can’t take credit for this – it’s all the husband’s idea 😉 x

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