HAPPY MIDSUMMER

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Glad Midsommor to you all!

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A day when the heart can fly with joy, the spirits soaring with life and energy!

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Where both the body is nourished by good wholesome food, and the soul is rejuvenated through stillness and sharing.

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Where the mind flows between the present and the past; the two often seeming to merge. When the memories offer contentment and happiness, the present likewise a source of comfort and joy.

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Whether celebrating this Midsummer, the longest day of the year, or not – I wish you all a wonderful day filled with love, compassion and adventures!

To end this brief post I’d like to share a quote I came across recently – the words like a thunderbolt of wisdom!

‘Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply give you courage.’ Lao-Tzu

May we all find such courage … experience such strength.

Photos courtesy of Pixaby

110 thoughts on “HAPPY MIDSUMMER

  1. Baydreamer says:

    Lovely words and photos, Annika, and sorry to have arrived late! So much going on in life to interrupt blogging. This post is both beautiful and inspirational, though, and I loved your quote at the end, too. Wishing you a lovely summer, my friend…❤🌼🌷🌻🌸

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lauren, thank you so much for your lovely comment and I am so happy you had a chance to read this – no worries about being late! Anytime is the right time!😀The quote was like a flash of pure truth, I felt myself deeply touched. Hope you’re having a good summer and things slow down a bit for you so you have a chance to enjoy. love & hugs xxx🌺❤️

  2. Julie Holmes, author says:

    Love these pics! Our midsummer (not nearly as fun or celebrated as it is in Sweden) was rainy, if I remember right. And love the quote! May your summer be filled with sun, fun, and gotta have some writing time in there as well 😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Julie! 😀 Too bad about the rain … here it is so hot and sunny we could do with rain for the gardens! Still, I’m loving the summer warmth and hope you’re having a lovely start to the new season! xx

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hope you had a great midsummer Annika. Lovely photos which conveyed to me what it must be like in Sweden this time of year.

    One slight worry though – doesn’t the heat melt all that snow?

    Mike

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you and yes, it was a wonderful evening of celebration! 😀 Funny how it already seems like a long distant memory! I hope you have a great start to the Summer. Haha … the snow has the habit of melting in thirty plus degrees – which I’m told is the amazing summer weather they are experience … long may it last … well, at least until I arrive and for the weeks whilst I’m there! 😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      Lovely to see you here, Andrea and thank you — yes I had a most wonderful and speical evening of celebrations! Wishing you well and hope the sun is shining for you too! 😃🌻

    • Annika Perry says:

      Clare, warmest thanks for your lovely comment … it felt like a very special day and one I wanted to share here. Hope you’re enjoying the wonderful summer days! A lot of tlc needed for the gardens! 🌺🌻

    • Annika Perry says:

      Ahh…thank you so much, Acqu … I wanted to ‘weave’ the words around the pictures. Beautiful hot summer weather here, a real treat. Is it winter for you? I think so? Warmest wishes & hugs ❤️🌺. PS. Thank you ever so much for all your support and shares on Twitter … it means a lot. Xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      Barbara, for us it’s been the warmest spring on record and now a hot sunny start to summer … heavenly. So glad you liked the post. Hope you’re doing okay…hugs xx

  4. maryannniemczura says:

    What beautiful photos and words. You just made my day. It feels as if I have been on another planet, one filled with simply music and choristers who loved it equally as much in Baltimore. It looks as if my husband and I will sing in Prague next August with BCI. I love to connect with you and your lovely posts. You inspire me. Have a great music-filled weekend with your composer son too!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Ahh…Mary Ann, thank you so much for your kind sweet words. It felt like a magical day from the moment I woke and I was inspired to write a little about it, to share my joy.

      We had a wonderful weekend but this time with some Victorian music at Europe’s largest grass amphitheater as we visited friends and had a picnic by a lake at some special gardens for a Victorian event. Amazing, dreamy and surreal. Old time music to the beautiful backdrop but then huge jets every minute close overhead from Heathrow!

      I am so happy for your wonderful musical life, the setting, the people you meet and of course the music sounds amazing, enriching and fulfilling. I can well understand you feel like you’re on another planet! Soft gentle landings before setting off for your next adventures! Have a great time in Prague next year, you’ve probably been before and it is one of my favourite capital cities.

      My son recently released his latest song but playing and composing slightly less for a few weeks as in the middle of exams! Just two more weeks then he can’t wait to concentrate on the music again!

      • maryannniemczura says:

        You have made my day with your wonderful words. The Victorian music and setting must have been great. Dreamy is an excellent description. I think sometimes I am indeed on another planet. To think in and feel the music is beyond description sometimes. Glad to hear your son continues his musical journey. Even with jets overhead, your picnic sounds like so much fun and especially with friends. You understand the magic of nature, music, family and friends. Now our practice CDs play Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in preparation for Prague. Yes, I have been there before. This time we will sing in the castle which should also be magical. Have a good week and enjoy the magic of music, Annika. 🙂

        • Annika Perry says:

          Wow!! I can’t believe you’re singing in the castle!!! It is the most wondrous location. Please let me know in good time and I will see if I can come over and hear you all sing… it’s been far too long since my last visit and I would love to go again and to maybe meet up! Xx

          • maryannniemczura says:

            Let me see if I can find a link to send you so you can plan. It would be super to meet up. http://www.berkshirechoral.org/sing-with-us/sing-in-prague Usually the concert is on a Saturday evening, so my guess is Aug. 10, 2019. How wonderful it would be to meet and see one another after years of blogging comments and social media Tweets. The actual dates are Aug. 4-11, 2019. The 11th would be the day to wrap it up and leave. After the concert, there will be time to meet up. During the week, we have little to no free time with two daily rehearsals of about five hours of singing.

            • Annika Perry says:

              Mary Ann, I’ve saved the link and noted down the dates. Usually I am in Sweden that time of year but I will see what I can do. Next year will be different anyway as my son finishes school and the holidays start much earlier in June! It would be amazing to meet up after all this time and to listen to such wonderful music in this glorious setting.

  5. ateafan says:

    The Midsommer Grinch: Well I hope you are enjoying youselves in all that mid-summery-ness. Your longest is my shortest day … and, sniff, cough, wheeze … the day is only going to get longer this side of the fence anyhow. ☕️💐😎

    • ateafan says:

      I used to keep The Tao te Ching in my knapsack .. even though I didn’t understand back then just the sound of The words were so pleasant and soothing. Beautiful thoughts.

  6. Jacqui Murray says:

    This is lovely, Annika. It reminds me that long ago, these festivals were the highlight of their days. I love all the excitement.

    Slightly tangential, I’m bingeing on Midsomer Murders on Netflix. Good little show!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jacqui, I’m smiling at you in your hisotrical mode! I hadn’t quite thought of it as such but realise you’re right – with no other entertainment / distraction I can jimagine the gathering of absolutely everyone. It is still huge in Sweden and so many other countries; the one’s not marking the day are very much in the minority.

      Enjoy Midsomer Murders – a gentle and engaging show. Not having really seen the series I always wondered about the title and now see that Midsomer is a fictional town set in Oxfordshire. I might give this series a go myself! Enjoy and wishing you a great weekend! It’s been a hectic time for you these last few weeks. Are you coming up for air soon?Hope it’s gone well! xx

  7. balroop2013 says:

    Love the way you have wished Annika…your poetic prose is merrily dancing with the beautiful pictures you have shared, they depict happy times. Wishing you too love and adventures this summer. Happy Midsummer dear friend.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Ahh…thank you so much for your lovely comment, Balroop and the image of my writing ‘merrily dancing’ along! 😀 I did want to try and weave in between the pictures and writing! Happy times indeed and may we all have many of those this summer. A beautiful quiet warm and sunny day here – bliss! Have a wonderful weekend! hugs xx❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jennifer, hoping you’ve had a very special Midsummer and are enjoying the start to summer!😀 So happy you enjoyed all the elements of the post – one of those that ‘wrote’ itself; the words seamlessly appearing on the screen!

    • Annika Perry says:

      Mae, thank you so much for your warm and exhuberant comment – we had a wonderful celebration – in the end toasting three happy events! I woke in the morning, full of the goodness of the day to come and wanted to share a flavour of midsummer here!😀

    • Annika Perry says:

      A very Happy Midsummer (&birthday to your grandson)! Wishing you all a wonderful and no doubt action packed day! 😀 so glad the images and message touched you ..Midsummer always feels special.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Ahh…thank you so much, Brigid! I was in the moment this morning, reflective and excited about the day and wanted to capture that here! Happy Midsummer to you too! 😀🌺

  8. the incurable dreamer says:

    Oh, Annika. I love that quote so much and understand it even more. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post on this first day of summer. There is so much to celebrate, and so much beauty around us as you have so eloquently pointed out here. How do I get my hands on those strawberries? They look perfectly delicious! I hope you are having a lovely day and ​are feeling the warmth of the sun. Lots of love and a big hug! xo

    • Annika Perry says:

      Haha! I’m smiling at your comment about the strawberries as this brings to mind my morfar – maternal grandfather. When we went out food shopping he’d always write strawberries on the list but then tell us strictly that only Swedish ones – as they were the best! So true…they always taste divine. Oh yes, the weather is beautiful, warm and sunny with the past muggy humid air of last week finally gone.

      Tanya, I am so happy you enjoyed the post – the beauty of the day and occasion was one that called out to be shared. The quote is new to me but wow, it is astonishing and so profound. Incredible that it was written 6th century BC! Enjoy the weekend and summer, my friend. Wishing you much happiness. love & hugs xx

  9. delphini510 says:

    Glad Midsommar to you Annika and thank you for this beautiful share of this big Swedish tradition. Your poetic words and brilliant photos have captured the day with such beauty.
    I even spotted one of my favourite flowers – Cornflower – ( Blåklint ).
    Think I will bake a cake with cream and strawberries 🍓.

    Congrats also to your husband’s birthday and new job.

    ~ Miriam

    • Annika Perry says:

      Yeah, Miriam I’m so happy your favourite flower made it on my post – it just looks wonderful and we used to have quite a few of these in the meadows but they seem to have disappeared these last few years. It is a wonderful celebration and I wanted to capture its magic in a brief post, giving a flavour of the day. Oh yes, a cake to go with the strawberries sounds perfect … Happy Baking, my friend!

      Thank you for the congratulations as well … there were a lot of toasts and much happiness all round! hugs! xxx🌼🌺🌸🌹

    • Annika Perry says:

      I know, the strawberries look delicious and I must admit to an addiction of these berries this year, they’re so tasty! So glad you liked the quote … this went straight into my notebook! Have a wonderful day!

  10. jena c. henry says:

    Thank you for making this day seem so special! I like the contrasts you described- And through my window I see the joy of a sunny day and colorful flowers, and the calmness of the water that is smooth and like glass.

    • Annika Perry says:

      Jena, I love your lyrical description of your view from the window … a perfect blend of flowers, water all in sunshine! Your words resonate with calm and peace … thank you so much for your lovely comment and wishing you a very special day. 🌺🌻

  11. Miriam says:

    What a lovely quote to end your joyous post Annika. Enjoy your summer. Here in Melbourne it’s the winter solstice and it’s very cold. Hugs xx ❤️

    • Annika Perry says:

      I hadn’t thought that it is the winter solstice for you … warmer and longer days gradually coming your way! After many weeks of very warm and humid weather is it cool and breezy today – a refreshing change! Glad you liked the quote and one I came across when looking for something special to write in my husband’s birthday card. I’m popping over to your post later, Miriam but I read it early this morning and want to say congratulations to you! So happy for your writing gig … just perfect for you and an excuse of much more travel! 😀❤️

      • Miriam says:

        Oh, absolutely Annika, in fact we’re heading off tomorrow morning for another weekend of ‘research’. The cold won’t put us off!!
        Enjoy that refreshing change in the weather Annika. xx 💕

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Bernadette! 🤗 An extra special day for you and I wish your daughter a very happy birthday…hoping you can all be together to celebrate. (It’s my husband’s birthday too today … also he just had some brilliant news about his job so triple celebration later today!) warm hugs xx

    • Annika Perry says:

      A pleasure and delight to share the photos and thoughts, Shari and one of those spontaneous posts which came about this morning whilst thinking about the day ahead … and of my past midsummers. My planned post was of a serious rather depressing matter which I felt had no place on such a special day! May your day be filled with joy and peace! 🤗

    • Annika Perry says:

      Thank you so much, Jill and hoping you have a wonderful day too! Yeah … glad you had a chance to read one of your favourite quotes. I nearly feel ashamed that I didn’t know this one -it’s incredible!

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