|Longest day, just look at that sun!|
The week end in the south of England could not have been better weather wise and on a personal front, my work load has happily decreased since Friday. Therefore come four o'clock on Friday afternoon, I couldn't help feeling in the holiday mood. I rang a couple of friends and an impromptu drink and nibbles evening was arranged. I am not good at planning in advance, but much prefer the casual, pop over and see us.
|The 'after' picture|
I don't know about you, but midsummer solstice has always had a draw and an attraction for me. I like to be outside and appreciating life. Most years it is achieved. I often wish however that I am in Norway as there, it is such a big deal. Many will make their way to the coast or lakeside, light fires, enjoy good company, good food and inevitable drink. All along the coast fires will be seen for miles, what a welcoming, warming sight. Mr H is in Norway on the good ship Brimble, sailing her some 400 hundred or so miles north over the next few days. In Bergen this week end, not that far north, they will only have 1 hour and 40 minutes of darkness, imagine that. So for me, here at home with the children, (not because Mr H was away) it was definitely a weekend to hang up the bunting, enjoy the weather and appreciate all that is good in life over the summer solstice week end.
Whilst rushing round the garden like a loony, I really should work under pressure more, as I achieve such a great deal, I noticed that we had an abundance of luscious strawberries, who knew we had so many this year, a lesson that I should not have ignored the garden for the past two months, but alas half the crop had been decimated by pesky birds, even before my very eyes, I watched a young blackbird, dive into the raspberry bushes, pull a raspberry and fly off! Think I may be purchasing some netting in the near future, cheeky thing.
|Found a stag beetle whilst gardening, just look at the orange eyes|
|I suddenly noticed the wild rose has |
become rampant, poor apple tree!
I made home made artichoke dip, very quick and lush. You serve it warm too, if anyone is interested, let me know and I will post the recipe, it went down a storm.
We made savoury waffles and added various toppings, including ones without waffles, for the carb free friend I have ;), you know who you are! Plus we had to have a plate of sweet treats too. I cheated here and bought the cakes, I ran out of time?!?! So shoot me.
But I did have time to try a new Delia dish for mid summer to be enjoyed and eaten outside after friends had left, here it is pre cooking. What was so fab about it was that it contained such summer flavours, reminiscent of balmy nights in Spain, all in a one pot dish that just sat on the stove top whilst we had friends over for drinks and nibbles and was ready to eat as soon as they departed, easy peasey. Again, let me know if you fancy it, chicken and brown rice as the main ingredients.
|You can't beat a good Pimms in summer time|
Saturday began to draw to a close and by 2230, we reluctantly returned indoors and played some cards before saying good night to the longest day.
Sunday was much the same plus watching my daughter row in a regatta and enjoying this delightful weather, and do you know what I am doing now...
I may have become just ever so slightly addicted over the course of the week end!
♥ I hope you too have a fantastic mid summer week end ♥