Well here we are – High Summer! As I think on where we are in the seasonal year I am all too aware that summer is a short season for us in the Northern Hemisphere. August is Late Summer and then we hit my favourite season of all in September – Autumn.
For us in England, July means the start of the summer holidays! We are all looking forward to that! We have worked hard this year and we are all feeling a little washed out. The thought of sleeping in a little longer in the mornings, having no agendas and having time to just think is like a little bit of heaven right now. So far 2014 had been wonderfully full and vibrant for us, and it will continue to be so what with more family coming out to visit later on in the year.
But for now, let’s see what July has to offer us.
- Gemstone: Ruby
- Flower: Larkspur or Waterlily
- Moon: Full Buck Moon (12th)
July is now what our old poets loved to call ‘sweet summer-time, when the leaves are green and long,’ for in such brief word-painting did they picture this pleasant season of the year; and, during this hot month, we sigh while perusing the ancient ballad-lore, and wish we could recall the past, were it only to enjoy a week with Robin Hood and his merry men in the free old forests… We feel the harness chafe in which we have hitherto so willingly worked, amid the ‘fever and the fret’ of the busy city, and pine to get away to some place where we can hear the murmur of the sea, or what is nearest sound – the rustle of the summer leaves
~ Chambers Book of Days (1864)
Faith :: Liturgical Year
- 3rd – Thomas the Apostle
- 22nd – Mary Magdalene
- 25th – James the Apostle
Nature and Garden
- The patchwork landscape of the countryside is transformed this month.
- Crops ripen
- soft fruits in abundance
- balmy days
- busy insects
- birds morning chorus dies down
Life in July
- Summer Holidays
- Set time aside to journal
- Ponder and Pray on the new school year
- Summer Reading lists
- Clean out my File Crate and restock with fresh folders
- Choir breaks for the Summer
In the Kitchen
- Homemade Popsicle’s
- Jam making
I have a few more ideas on my summer Pinterest board which you can check out 🙂
That’s about it for July, it seems to be a much slower month in the way of plans etc, perhaps that is the way it should be. Time to just relax and spend together as friends and family enjoying the warmer outdoor days and all that it has to offer.
Have a lovely Thursday all…
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