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20/06/2008


midsummer eve ...

A beautiful painting entitled Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes c1908

Although the solstice is traditionally known as 'midsummer', we often think of it as the first 'official' day of summer. There is a certain irony to this, as after the solstice the days begin to get shorter. In a sense, the solstice is the beginning of the end of summer!

25 comments:

prettyshabby said...

oh I love this painting!
I can't believe we are at midsummers eve already I always associate the start of summer with the end of school! Lets hope we get a 'proper' summer this year..none of that horrid rain please!

oh and by the way ..there are a few books written by the aunt who lived in that house on my blog all about my great grandpa and his little dog,Jerry..I've even found them on Amazon.co.uk!

Simone said...

I get melancholy around this time. The days start to grow shorter, albeit slowly and summer never seems to come!

twiggypeasticks said...

Ooooooo I have a huge copy of this beautiful painting at the bottom of my bed, the first thing I see when I wake in the morning, the second is usually Twiglet shouting HELLO MUMMY !!!
Twiggy x

méri said...

You are absolutly right!

That picture is a beauty!
I searched Edward Robert in Mr Google (who knows everything) Images and found several paintings by him - lovely

Sew Anyway said...

Such an enchanting painting! The light is so warm and radiant.

We only have two types of weather in Texas: hot and hotter. It is hotter right now.

Thank you for sharing such beauty!

~Kathy

Ragged Roses said...

I love this painting. Such a shame that we've had such grey evenings when the days have been so long! Enjoy your weekend
Kimx

periwinkle said...

Lets just hope we get a nice sunny summer now ;-)
lisa x

Pat said...

So true, Louise! I often wondered about that myself.
That is why at Newgrange in Ireland the ancient ones celebrated the Winter solstice --they were smart enough to know it meant the days would be getting longer.

Lovely painting!

Looking forward to your unusual facts about yourself tag!

Enjoy your weekend!

Julie - Pink Paris Match said...

Happy summer! It's 104 degrees here in Southern California! Yipers!!!

Julie Bergmann

Nicola said...

Thanks for the reminder. We've gone through one of those big Marmites in about two weeks - so they won't last long at all!

Among the Hedgerows said...

Perhaps now that summer is officially here, we might manage some decent weather! Happy Summer to you, Louise!
xo,
Lynda

Lucy Bloom said...

Hi Louise, it's a bit worrying to think we've reached midsummer already, it really seems like it January 5 minutes ago! Yes, I still bought quite a bit of stuff, I have to go into this self-restraint gradually so it's not too much of a shock to the system. Mr. Bloom bought a few CDs and a book I think - luckily he's aggreable to going into the charity shops as he heads for the book and CD section. I do ask him if he'd like to choose something else to do, but he never does - he's a sweetie!
Have a lovely weekend,
Lucy x

Sal said...

Such a beautiful painting!
Hope your weekend is a good one;-)

Cowboys & Custard said...

I wish it would hurry up and feel like summer as the days will start to draw in before we know it..
Not wishing to sound gloomy.. have a wonderful Midsummer's Day ...

Michelex

The Dutchess said...

Yes,i know this painting,its lovely.
How time flies..summer already
Enjoy your summerdays ..

Warmly

Gina said...

What a stunning painting! I could stare at this for hours! :)
Being in the opposite hemisphere.. I am looking forward to longer days to come.. hope you are having a wonderful weekend Louise Gx

Alison Boon said...

One of my favourite paintings. We have just had our mid winter Christmas and are now looking forward to the days getting longer.

...... Kristina ...... said...

Hi Louise,
What a beautiful painting...the light in it is amazing!
I love the summer, honest i do but reading your post made me think of vintage duvets and lighting the fire and i must admit i am excited lol.
Fingers crossed we will have some summer just before though.
Love Kristina

Chelle said...

I have always loved that picture. Isn't it just so soothing?

acornmoon said...

The artist has captured the light so well, so pretty!

Charli and me said...

The beginning of the end of summer? That is a sad thought! Although I do love the painting. Doesn't the time fly?

Christy said...

So enchanting! Now I'm dreaming of fairy dust and pixie magic!

Country Cottage Chic said...

It's a gorgeous painting isn't it?

It's a good thing it is midsummer as yesterday we no electricity for 12 hours! It was caused by the high winds bringing down a power cable. At least it wasn't dark....the electricity only came back on at 2.30am this morning!

carolr said...

That is a pretty pix. Don't remind me of the end of the summer...I am enjoying it now. :)

Christy said...

Hello Louise! If you have time I hope you can drop by my blog. I have a little tag game waiting for you. Hope you'll join. :)