Midsummer Magic


I have had a couple of incidents this weekend which make me wonder if there isn’t a mischievous Midsummer Puk in our midsts but mostly it’s been fun and frolicky with some perfect weather to accompany it.

Solstice Goodness:

1. Fairy rings for fairy chocolates. The girls constructed these (above) late last night, as you know Summer Solstice is when the fairies come out, and sure enough there were squeals of delight when gold covered chocolate coins were discovered (way too early) this morning. They managed this despite some discussion as to whether they would come out to play Midsummer Eve or Midsummer Night.

2. Dress-up (fairy wings encouraged) Solstice dinner with roast goodness, chocolate desert and plenty of ice-cream but best of all, a new growly baby guest in a sling at our table.

3. After dinner I walked Kim and Georgina to their car and exclaimed that it really did feel a bit magic-y out. We stood saying our goodbyes and two great owls flew out from the tree across the road – great silent forms in the twinkling dark. Owls here in Melbourne! I know they are around but I have never actually seen one. One perched on the electricity wires under a street light and I couldn’t have wished for a better Midsummer sighting.

4. Christina and Paul’s Christmas get together – macaron mania, beautiful decorations, gorgeous people, new acquaintances with cute patchwork bags, pretty dolls, fancy tattoos…

5. Christmas lunch #1 at Mum and Dad’s. Phil was given a remote control helicopter from my Uncle which is tiny and delicate and hovers like a dragon fly (unless it’s caught in a evaporative cooling airstream and then it’s “duck for cover!”).

6. Happy girls – it has taken a few days to adjust to holidays and rest off that end of term tiredness but I think we are almost there.

7. Happy me – all feels good in the world.

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13 Responses

  1. Angie says:

    Midsummer seems a million miles away right now – much further away than Australia!I only saw an owl once – it was so big and chunky looking and yet was silent in the sky – you can see how they inspired so much folklore.

  2. Cele says:

    Midsummer is so Magical.Wishing you a Merry Christmas from Ireland.

  3. Melissa says:

    That’s so weird – I too saw an owl on a wire outside our house last night and not a tawny frogmouth kinda owl it looked more like the barn owl variety…the Xmas owl perhaps!

  4. Claire says:

    That was the first thing my Mum said to me; “was it a tawny frogmouth?” and I am sure it wasn’t – it was much more “owly”… too exciting.

  5. Sue says:

    Hello! It was great to meet you at Christina & Paul’s. 🙂

  6. Jenny says:

    This is my first visit here, and I was a little confused about a midsummer post when we’re in the middle of winter. Then my coffee kicked in and reminded me that there are lucky people out there that have summer while we slog through winter!I followed a link here from Bloesem Kids and have to say those marshmallow bunnies were just beyond cuteness! They were so adorable. Hope they are happy in all their new homes because I’m sure their new owners are just tickled pink with them!~Jenny~

  7. Justine says:

    Hi Claire, your weekend sounds like lots of fun. I’m glad to have met you at Christina and Paul’s on Saturday, it was so nice chatting with you :-)I hope the kids stay magical for you!xx Justine

  8. Yvette says:

    Oh, Claire! It is wonderful to see some nice summery blossoms, specially the ones the fairies bring. Just like Jenny above said, we are slogging trough winter. We have a couple of feet of “winter” on the ground here.We are celebrating the winter solstice tonight and look forward to the days lengthening now.

    Thank you for your ‘needed’ post.


  9. librarygirl says:

    Owls are very magical creatures. And Tawnies are sweet – we have a mother and 3 babies living in our big gum tree at the moment.If you haven’t read it already “I Capture the Castle” has some wonderful midsummer rites performed (romantic too!)

  10. Sam says:

    Hi Claire! How pretty are these sweet petals and buds? I’m very envious you saw that owl – I think they are pretty magical!Love your blog so glad I found you again!

  11. Jo says:

    how special & magical…. too too sweet!good on you for keeping the magic alive.

  12. such a lovely post :)and such beautiful photos!

  13. Jo says:

    Hi Claire,Great to see you at C and P’s and had a lovely chat with Amelia! I hope that she liked the pressie and I *think* that I was actually given yours was it beautiful fabrics and teeny buckles and pompom trim and ribbon? I was in heaven and so many people were envious :)Lovely post and a Happy New Year to your lot,

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