Friday, June 21, 2019

Midsummer's Eve, Summer Solstice, My Birthday

For me, it doesn't get much better than this. I'm romantically in love with Sweden in June. I love to have my birthday on the longest, lightest day of the year. Other than that, I don't pay much attention to my birthday these days. A mild amusement that I've made it this far, perhaps. 

Below are some pictures, posted many times before, from Christina and her sister Inga's country place. This is what I think of when I think of that poem I mentioned a few posts earlier. 

On my 2005 visit, I picked seven different wildflowers. According to tradition, if a young woman places them under her pillow, she will dream of her husband to be.

Wild strawberries.

 Inga and Christina have a magnificent garden every year. I'm sure they still do. 

 Gorgeous flowers and all kinds of vegetables grow there.

 A view from underneath an old birch tree. 

A Swedish meadow, strangely not too different looking from ours this year. 

Midsummer night

The old Midsummer tradition of dancing around the Maypole dressed in folk costumes still carries on.


  1. What lovely pictures. The flowers and scenery are so beautiful. The wild strawberries are so plentiful. It brings back childhood memories of me picking lots and lots of wild strawberries. My mom would make strawberry jam and pies.
    Thanks for sharing this little paradise with us.
    Happy Birthday Inger. I wish you all the best.
    Hugs, Julia

  2. wow, no wonder you dream of June in Sweden, awesome flowers and i love that red building.. i also love the wild flowers in the vase and the printed curtains. it is a memory of paradise for you...

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have a wonderful day! Oh my, each picture just gets better and better! Your first simple, yet so beautiful! Number 4 is my favorite, for the dazzling array of colors. It is like a paradise there. We have wild strawberries beside our back door, but have never tried to eat them. they are tiny.

  4. I guess Sweden is beautiful not only in June. The tradition of dancing in folk outfits is lovely!
    Happy Birthday to you, Inger! Many happy returns of the day!

  5. Have a wonderful day Inger, and the photos, they give me memories of when I was a child on our farm, large trees,leafy branches, and beautiful wide open spaces. Yes the meadows with wild flowers are similar.And tall orange poppies? Daylight still there in the late evenings, that is so pretty with those stunning flowers in their garden. Heaps of love from down here, dark mornings, cold nights, and from tomorrow,colder but more daylight. XXXXX

  6. Happy Birthday, Inger. You have shared some wonderful photos for this day. I hope you are spending it with friends and enjoying your time. Ironically, my birthday is December 21st, the shortest day of the year :)

  7. The pictures are beautiful and a very Happy Birthday to you.🎈

  8. Happy Birthday Inger ... and may you carry on enjoying the birthday week ahead. Love the photos and seeing the remembrances of Sweden with your meadows, flowers, maypole dancing ... and long long nights ... love this time of year - for me English lawns, tennis, cricket and lots of roses, lavender and all greenery! Cheers and here's to enjoying life ... Hilary

  9. Happy Birthday Inger. I can see why you miss Sweden in June and probably some other months also. Loved that meadow. Hope you have a wonderful day, week and year.

  10. happy belated birthday dear Inger! like you I have started even forgetting mine lately. not sure why. it never was made a big deal. although my darling little Mother always baked and decorated a cake. THAT I remember more than anything! she was so talented.
    and somehow it seemed wonderful just having our small family of four there at home.
    I am so enjoying your memories and photos of Sweden in the Summertime. the utter beauty and simplicity of the first picture especially.
    and really all the rest... well. they're just enchanting and valued in our busy hectic world.

  11. Massive HAPPY BIRTHDAY LICKS & HUGS to you Inger from the Three Amigoes in Nova Scotai!!!!!

  12. Such a beautiful place. Happy birthday, dear one.


  13. Sweden has an abundance of natural beauty! A wonderful garden, too. Happy birthday to you!!

  14. A belated happy birthday. Sweden has some wonderful gardens and all the photos you shared are superb.

  15. Happy birthday, Inger! What a beautiful garden!! The pictures are perfect! Take care ~ Jeff


Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger


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