Monday, June 23, 2008

Tonight is Midsummer Night's Eve, also called St. John's Eve. St. John is the patron saint of beekeepers. Here's Gordon and Merlin getting ready for Midsummer Night's Eve by sniffing the Gloxinia.

It's a time when the hives are full of honey. The full moon that occurs this month was called the Mead Moon, because honey was fermented to make mead. That's where the word "honeymoon" comes from. Midsummer dew was said to have special healing powers. Women washed their faces in it to make themselves beautiful and young. They skipped naked through the dew to make themselves more fertile. It's a time for lovers. An old Swedish proverb says, "Midsummer Night is not long but it sets many cradles rocking." Midsummer Eve is also known as Herb Evening. Legend says that this is the best night for gathering magical herbs. Supposedly, a special plant flowers only on this night, and the person who picks it can understand the language of the trees.

BTW, I know this isn't the solstice anymore but its when Midsummer is celebrated by Europeans and Brazilians.

Speaking about cradles rocking, here's a new generation of baby hairy woodpeckers still being fed suet by Mama.

1 comment:

Rev Dr Mom said...

I love the woodpecker video--but the baby is just about as big as Mama.

My red bellies are still around, but between the squirrels and the grackles I can't manage to keep any suet around for the downies and hairies.

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