Summer Solstice – Nothing New Under the Sun

Summer Solstice resized

Enter summer

in ladies slippers

to walk through clover;

dressed in being

with tortoiseshell adornment

and sighing

all the fashion –

Scarlet Pimpernel Page 30its blush lasting

only as long as the day.


Some of you might remember – this is a re-post. Nothing new under the sun, except as everything is.

If this post drew you over here, please check out some of my previous ones.

Including the last one that offers a chance to win a copy of my new novel and sequel to A House Near Luccoli, To A Strange Somewhere Fled – all you need to do is go over to either of my guest posts at Unusual Historicals (Excerpt Thursday or today, Sunday’s Interview), leave a comment with your email address. What have you got to lose?

Here’s an Summer Solstice appropriate excerpt from To A Strange Somewhere Fled:

On the day of midsummer’s eve the Great Hall gleamed with polish and high sunlight, its woolen rugs taken up and flagstones scrubbed, regal-red upholstered chairs borrowed from Broughton Castle arranged in two short-rowed sections separated by an aisle not quite wide enough for layers of skirts. The fireplace was filled with a display of larkspur, lilies, gilliflowers, ferns, and branching honeysuckle picked and presented by Tobias, and arranged by Lidia under his fussy direction. Tobias also brought sweet peas from “his most successful crop ever” to make nosegays for the ladies while single blooms would suffice for the gentlemen and their buttonholes. The flowers were kept fresh by being kept cold along with the sorbet made possible because of the ice-house Roger had been experimenting with.

The dais at the north end was designated for the music of friends. Roger worried over the personalities that would perform, a program created that listed them in alphabetical order except Master Purcell was acknowledged first to perform last. The chairs and music stands were set up with the expectation they would be moved around to accommodate one complaint or other. Donatella tried to reassure Roger that musicians would always reconcile for the sake of the music, as she had seen Alessandro and Lonati do.

“This is a little madness, don’t you think?” Roger had been full of ideas for the concert, including a bonfire for the villagers behind the Abbey with a table set out on the terrace for sweetmeats and cider.

Happy Solstice
Summer or Winter!

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9 thoughts on “Summer Solstice – Nothing New Under the Sun

  1. Lovely post, Diane, and your artwork is always good for many, many more views! Our summer has been mild, except for a few real hot days (like today). I hope you’re enjoying yours and btw, I’m taking a break from fb (again) 🙂 except for my poetry page. I have been bitten by the “project bug” and am trying to complete many here at home. Anyway, take care and sending hugs! xo


    • Thank you so much, Lauren! We had a very dry warm May and a much wetter, cooler June – July starting off cool and wet as well. Forecast for the Fourth looks pretty good. I don’t blame you for taking a break from FB – except for some of my book marketing and sharing some uplifting and relevant writing posts, I have been thinking of pulling back from it. So much anger flying around these days that it is better to stay clear of. Hope all your projects go well. Take care of yourself, too, have a wonderful Fourth and enjoy the rest of the summer! XO ❤

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      • Have a great Fourth, too, Diane! I was just thinking that I should probably promote my book again on my poetry page. I haven’t done as much as I should after seeing all the work you’ve done with yours. Honestly, I’m frustrated with fb but am still posting on that page so you’ve inspired me. FB is good for marketing and pretty much necessary these days…take care, too! ♥ xo

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  2. A lovely posting, good to repost! Your drawings are so beautiful! So far Summer has been a cold experience over here, still need the heater. But they promise 20 C this Friday! 🙂 {{{ Diane }}} ❤ xxx


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