As Christian keepers of the home I think it is important to create a home that reflects God’s love, joy, peace and creation. This is done with purpose and sometimes planning. It’s a way of bringing to the attention of those who live in our homes the simple beauties of the year that can be enjoyed.
I have run a series of posts of my seasonal themes and plans per month on my blog before but I suppose that these can get lost in the sea of content that is produced. So I have decided to refresh, update and run the series again.
We love observing the seasons in our home. As I contemplate the month to come, I find great joy in penning down a few ideas to celebrate the month and help me to slow down and appreciate the here and now and what the month has to offer.
June is such a lovely month. We celebrate the longest day of the year and with the long warm days our gardens and the countryside are just exploding with colour and the busy buzzing of insects, fluttering of butterflies and birds taking splashy baths in the pond.
Here are a few ideas that I have jotted down to capture the beauty and thrill of June. I may not do everything on my list but it is an inspirational spring board to slowing down and appreciating the small things.
- Junes full moon: Strawberry Moon June 3rd
- Gemstone: Pearl or Moonstone
- Flower: Rose or Honeysuckle
Faith :: Liturgical Year
- St. Alban (first Martyr of England) – June 22nd
- Th e Nativity of St. John the Baptist – June 24th
- St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles – June 29th
Life in June
- Trooping the Colour – June 17th (The Kings Birthday)
- Fathers Day – June 18th
- Summer Solstice – June 21st
- Midsummer’s Day – June 24th
Nature and Garden
- Early Summer
- Ripe Strawberries (go strawberry picking at a pick-your-own farm)
- Fields of poppies in bloom
- Dragon and Damsel fly’s
- Roses (Hedgerows full of dog rose blooms)
- Wild Daisy chain crowns
- Wildflowers in bloom in the countryside
- First hay making
- First harvests (mangetout)
- Elder flowers in bloom
- Sweeping swallows
- lots of daylight
- warm days
- scudding white fluffy clouds
- smell of cut grass
- lots of lawn mowing!
- Foxgloves in bloom
- Hydrangeas beginning to form flower heads
- Blackberry Brambles in bloom
- Buzzing insects
- Apples developing and growing
- First gooseberries spotted
In the Kitchen
- Lemon Curd
- Strawberry jamming and preserving
- Strawberry cheesecake
- lots of salads
- Elder flower syrup
- BBQ season is here!
- Icy homemade lemonade or Strawberry Lemonadeperhaps?
- Lots and lots of raw veg and fresh food straight from the farmers markets!
- Picnic’s outdoors – lots of them!
So there you have my rather belated brainstorming ideas for June but I would encourage you to print these, and each months seasonal plans posts and store them in a binder. That way you can add your own ideas over the years and you will have a monthly collection of observations, ideas and activities at your fingertips to celebrate the month.
Hope your week is off to a fabulous start! Blessings to you all…