Which Solstice is it for you today? If you are in the northern hemisphere, today is summer solstice.
Here in the southern hemisphere, we are in the chill and dark of winter.
But today is winter solstice, the turning of the sun.
On my walk I found these strange purple fruit hanging from a hedge. Further along, I found another hedge that was putting forth purple leaves. This dark, sultry shade speaks to me of winter solstice: the longest night, the shortest day, the darkest time. But also the time of the return of the sun.
‘Summer is on its way,’ said a broadcaster today on the radio. With snow, hail, and thunderstorms sweeping the country, it certainly doesn’t feel as if warmth is imminent. Yet knowing the sunlight will be increasing from today brings comfort.
On my return home I cut up my favourite sun fruit and popped the segments into my mouth, one by one. Sun on the inside.
I also picked up some DVDs and have some good books on order, all ready for a snug weekend while the cold winds rage. These are satisfying winter solstice activities.
For you in the north, what will you be doing for summer solstice and what will you be eating?
We are at the polar opposites of the year. I greet you across the hemispheres, across the extremes of dark and light, cold and warm. Happy solstice to all!