Wednesday, 1 June 2011

The Month of June

well dressing ashford in the water

June marks the official start of Summer!

The first old tradition in June is that of 'Well dressing', where wells, springs and other sources of fresh water are dressed up to honour them and mark their importance to a culture who couldn't just turn on a tap and get a drink.

London Trooping of the Colours

June 13th is the Queens Official Birthday (that's right, she has two!) which coincides with the 'Trooping of the Colour', where the Union flag is paraded through London by palace guards on horse back.


The 21st or 22nd is generally the longest day of the year: the Summer Solstice. People flock to Stonehenge to celebrate the longest day, as it is one of the only days when there is public access right up to the stones themselves. The Heel Stone, which sits slightly outside of the main circle, marks the path of the rising sun at the Summer Solstice. The next day is Midsummer, followed by Midsummers Eve which we all know is associated with folklore and fairy tales thanks to Shakespeare.

I know I'd like to celebrate at Stonehenge one year...

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