All Year Round – Summer Solstice

We had a lovely celebration for the Summer Solstice on 22nd August. We made herbal bees wax balms and paper aeroplanes, there was a fun obstacle course and a delicious bring and share afternoon tea.

I also mowed a Labyrinth through the wild flowers of the Top Field based on a traditional pattern.

A sketch of the design of the labyrinth

A sketch of the design of the labyrinth

We have found mowing a couple of paths and a labyrinth into the meadow very useful. It allows visitors to go deep into the meadow and see the diversity of flowers and grasses without damaging them.

Walking the Labyrinth in the sunshine

Walking the Labyrinth in the sunshine

Here are just a couple of the flowers that can be seen from the Labyrinth:

Purple Orchid with Cat's Ear going to seed behind, in the Top Field.

Purple Orchid with Cat’s Ear going to seed behind, in the Top Field.

A Greater Butterfly Orchid in the Top Field. Numbers are increasing year on year.

A Greater Butterfly Orchid in the Top Field. Numbers are increasing year on year.

Our next celebration will be for Lammas on the afternoon / evening of Friday 1st August. There will be more details to follow. I hope you will be able to join us!

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