Seasonal Rituals // Summer Solstice…

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“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where the Oxslips and the nodding Violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious Woodbine,
With sweet musk-rose and with Eglantine.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare.
Mid-Summer is here… the longest day, where the sun reigns. We love to celebrate with a special feast. Usually outside, cooked over a fire, but as today is a seriously miserable day here in Bristol, I shall be setting our dining table for a family feast.
Candle light, foraged blooms, pretty crockery, white linens and old silver cutlery.  Mid-Summer, a time to celebrate each other, the day light and the coming warm months. I love to decorate the table with flowers from the garden and shells to remind us of summer holidays and memories made in the years before.

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But what to eat?  Food to celebrate!  Think foraged edible flowers, fresh seafood and summer berries. My kids aren’t into anything fancy, and would rather have delicious honest, home cooked food than fine dining.  So forgo anything too complicated and let fresh local seasonal produce shine.

Solstice menu


Simple pea salad with goats cheese

Heirloom tomatoes on rustic bread

Homemade hummus


Moules Mariniere

Crisp leafy salad


Eton Mess

Strawberry & lavender Ice-cream

Elderflower Champagne
Raspberry Bellinis

Once suitably stuffed, don’t forget to set your yearly intentions. Write down your wish, your desire on a piece of paper. Stand in front of the fire (or in this case the dinner candle), open your heart to your intention – your wish will come true!  More beautiful ways to set your intentions – visit my pal Sas Pethericks blog.

Happy Solstice!

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Have you seen a new button over on my sidebar?  Yes it’s the pretty one at the bottom.

Well, my pal, SISTERHOOD stylist and all round brilliant woman, Hannah Bullivant, has been working so hard these past months on a new side project called Stitch + Forage.

Hannah, along with herbalist Natasha Richardson, have devised a beautiful e-course on ‘Natural Summer Living on a budget’.  Full to the brim with fabulous ideas on how to make the most out of your summer without jetting off to far flung places.

Hannah & Natasha have also got a team of the best writers who dive into all manner of topics, from yoga & wellness, summer reading, crafting, craft ale, and more.

“We have a deep conviction that it’s not necessary to spend lots of money to make the sort of summer memories you’ll treasure for decades to come. We hope to inspire you to live the best summer you can, with whatever time and means you have, whether you’re planning to spend the whole summer wild camping in the mountains, or you’re a parent juggling work and childcare. We wrote this for anyone short on time and money who’d like to make the most of the natural beauty of Summer in a mindful and eco-friendly way.”
So if you want to have a summer that is full to the brim with fun, seasonal, cheap things to do, then go check it out!
Details of the course can be found here.