Today I invite you to share some solstice joy with me. The dawn I welcomed here in Shropshire proved rather grey and damp but the morning mist made it magical. The fields around the village I live in are a majestic sight, filled with scarlet poppies blossoming amidst the crops. The hedgerows are full of white May blossom still and ox-eye daisies stand tall. Pink Jill-over-the-ground sprawls in the dry stone walls and spears of purple loose-strife bow their heads with the weight of the dew.
Being an early riser I didn’t find it too hard to be ready and waiting for the day to begin. The sounds are one of the best parts of dawn here; the cooing doves are soon drowned out by the chatter of sparrow chicks nesting in the eves, and black-bird song from the tree at the end of the garden announces the day.
Not only is today the longest day of the year here, it’s also officially the happiest day of the year, or so I’ve been told. A good day to look back and think on the positive and things I’ve enjoyed so far this year. Working on my writing has continued to be a learning journey, the publication of my latest story a pleasure, meeting and working with other authors on blogs and websites has been fun too. I’m really pleased to say some of them have agreed to blog for me here. I’m very excited about that. Thanks to Sara-Jayne Townsend who posted yesterday. If you read my blog regularly you have lots to look forward to, Nerine Dorman, jj Keller, Roseanna Leo, Allyson Lindt, Sophia Grey, Layne Macadam, Rhona La Print and Mary Murray, acquiring editor from Lyrical Press, are all blogging here over the summer. Do stop by and check out their posts. Oh, and it would be great if you read mine too!
One last bit of happiness for me to share with you. Please do go and read the review of my story Your Heart My Soul. Venus Cahill is a new and independent reviewer, and my goodness she made me blush.
Wishing you joy this Solstice.