When working from home during the current heatwave I once again recall how cool an office inside can be. Even now, when it’s close to sunset, our house is too warm for me. All the windows open, the balmy breeze gives some relief as we sip the ice-cold water. But we are privileged living close to water; this afternoon we took a brief pause and walked down to the shore and jumped into the water to cool off a little bit.
Later this week, on Friday, we will celebrate midsummer, sitting outside until sunset, barbecuing and being bitten by mosquitos. We will share stories and strawberries; in this summer solstice we might briefly forget the pandemic, even if children will not dance around the maypole this year.
this strawberry breeze
as dusk is melting to dawn —
Today we are writing Haibun with Frank at dVerse, and the theme is solstice which is today. This means that the sun sets after 10 PM and rise again at 3:30 AM. Between it will never really get dark.
June 21, 2021
Very beautiful! Moments like that can definitely help us forget the current reality and situation.
I would love to experience the magic of a solstice so far North. I understand about working from home and the heat: the only way I survived summer in Andalucía was by taking refuge in the office!
ooh strawberries picked still warm from the sun. no sun this solstice here in southern England a bit of a damp squid. remember foundly my kids when they were young enjoying bbq’s and the like on a long warm evening.
Barbequing and strawberries, and a cooling dip — the very best side of summer!
I would love to visit the far north at this time of year. I’ve only been in the winter, when the light fades from sunrise to sunset. I love these long days. It’s a bit cooler here than it has been – hoping for some more sunshine soon. How nice to live so close to the water that you can stroll down for a cooling dip!
Very soothing and halcyon, a perfect portrait for the prompt. Ah, yes mosquitos, the summer muckrakers. When we drove to Alaska, the mosquitos were so bad, we almost came home early.
The summer solstice is perhaps the juiciest strawberry for me. Just months of memories to make and adventures. Oh, that first taste. Perhaps we are in the same heatwave as it has been swampy here the last few days.
I can imagine the Midsummer celebration you evoke so vividly!
Sounds delightful ☺️
Sounds like fun, except for the mosquitos. I love the strawberry breeze line.
Really like that haiku.
The strawberry color is constant from dusk (melting) to dawn.
Outdoor bar-b-ques and strawberries sounds great!
I love to swim, so summer brings me joy. The mosquitos not so much. Strawberries are out now so delicious.
Strawberry breeze and barbeque aroma ….you are in Heaven.
This is lovely, Bjorn. I just read something brilliant about strawberries today and I smile to see you mention them here. They are a passion of our existence, and–health.
Now I want strawberries!
Strawberries are such a good symbol for this time of year. And you’ve captured the need to pause, reflect, that it brings. (K)
Peaceful, settled, a very pleasant read.
do children still dance the maypole in Sweden?
Oh they would… but we are still not allowed due to social distancing…
Looking out of the window at the rain, eating strawberries outside seems like a long time ago.
Ah mosquitos, nature’s killjoys. I can relate to this as we live in a hot land too, and sometimes relief is hard to find.
“this strawberry breeze” — perfect for June.
“We will share stories and strawberries;” … This, and the haiku, sigh—gorgeous.
Excepting the mosquitos, it all sounds wonderful.