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Here we are again, the Summer Solstice is almost upon us and the planet begins its tilt back to Winter. 

 

How do you mark the event? Due to the lack of virgins in Rugby, any kind of Stonehenge style cavorting is out of the question. So I personally tend to stay up and watch the sunset rather than the sunrise - with a large glass of something to see off the sun.

 

Fingers crossed for good weather and a fine view of the event.

 

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I'll just continue as normal. If anything I'll celebrate the START of summer. I go by the astronomical seasons so winter is far far far away.

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Here we are again, the Summer Solstice is almost upon us and the planet begins its tilt back to Winter. 
 
How do you mark the event? Due to the lack of virgins in Rugby, any kind of Stonehenge style cavorting is out of the question. So I personally tend to stay up and watch the sunset rather than the sunrise - with a large glass of something to see off the sun.
 
Fingers crossed for good weather and a fine view of the event.

 

 

It is of course only the northern half!

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Fingers crossed for good weather and a fine view of the event.

A fine view of the event? There is nothing to see if truth be told. The solstices are actually just specific times in the orbit of the earth where the angle of the earth's axis is at its maximum away from the perpendicular to the earth-sun orbital plane.

It's like the phases of the moon, they actually occurs at specific times. We generalise them to specific dates when in fact they occur at specific times.

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It is a point in time (of year) and an important one too, how you see/view it is individual.  Like the cold is hardest at dawn the summer now comes into it's own, the summer dawn is quite nice.

 

Celebrated around the world by many as a tradition of marking a time and point in the year for life, so worth remembering that.

 

I shall honour that day out of spiritual respect but each to their own, I just like tradition and it's respect.

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They will be flocking in there hundreds round here to catch sunrise at Arber Low and 9 Ladies.

I always watch the sun set and rise on the 21st.

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Just happy to enjoy the long daylight, all to soon we are plunged into darkness (and nature seems to enjoy these long days of light also)

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Just walking by the 9 Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton moor, Very relaxing up here.. Compared to what it will be like on the 21st.

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We're at the time now where the mornings are as light as they can get. Next week the mornings will start to dawn later, soon followed by the evenings drawing in.

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On a Wicca bed waiting for starry nights. with crisp cool nights.

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If the weather is poor - we'll just get up early and watch sunrise from the nearby park. If the forecast is good we head for somewhere pretty - usually a hill.

 

The weather isn't looking to inspiring at the moment for Sunday!

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Invaded by Druids?

 

 

Just walking by the 9 Ladies Stone Circle at Stanton moor, Very relaxing up here.. Compared to what it will be like on the 21st.

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Invaded by Druids?

 

Yes a few go up there, But the majority that go up are younguns with bags of Stella ( and probably bags of other stuff) Waving axes destroying the ancient woodland for fires and leaving crap everywhere! Shame really.

 

I may have a walk up to Arber Low which is just up the road from me, This more important stone circle usually attracts the more 'sophisticated' type... I may have a wonder up later with the mutt so will take some snaps.

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I might pay a visit to the Dove Holes Bullring, a similar size and shape to Arbor Low but it's been forgotten over the years in favor of the Nine Ladies & Arbor Low sites. It's somewhat less impressive in having only one upturned stone barely visible in the grass now, but at the time it was of similar importance to many of the other historical sites.

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This evening at 17.39 thesun will be directly over the tropic of cancer. its all down hill to winter after that.

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This evening at 17.39 thesun will be directly over the tropic of cancer. its all down hill to winter after that.

 

I beg to differ  :D

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Summer starts here, three months of it. Yippee!

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A little spin around the garden last night sees the march to autumn in full flow:

Damsons (still green) fattening nicely

Green holly berries in abundance

Hazel nuts just about visible, not there last week, but now bursting out

Rowan flowers all disappeared and turned into berries.

Conker 'candles' all gone and prickly little husks everywhere

 

Bring it on...

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