We postponed our Summer Solstice celebration last week in the hope that the sun would appear for Midsummer's day but it was not meant to be and so we celebrated anyway, indoors, with homegrown spinach lasagne, cake, rhubarb cordial mocktails and a little bit of crafting.
The cake was sponge layers, intended to look like sun rays, covered with chocolate ganache (I liked these videos on how to make ganache and then how to ice a cake with it). The ganache was slightly runny as we were too impatient to wait for it to set properly! It did set eventually, though, so we will be making truffles with the leftovers this afternoon when Cameron gets home.
For crafting, we decided to make something for the garden that we can enjoy when the sun (hopefully) makes an appearance. We made a wind catcher/wind sock/scarecrow type thing using a bamboo cane, a wooden ring and plastic bags. The picture doesn't do it justice - it is quite effective in our windy garden.
Cameron was a very good sport and posed for a picture even though it was cold, windy and raining!
These special days are so different now that Cameron is older. In a way it makes me sad that they're not as magical but time moves on and so I must adapt but - thanks to the habit of blogging - I can revisit previous years when we walked in the woods and had a midsummer barbecue in 2008, when it was too hot for anything much in 2009 and we had a quiet picnic on the allotment and the dreamily wonderful June of 2010 when I was Summer Scrap-blogging and everything was just lovely.
Do your celebrations/family traditions evolve as your children grow older?