Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Midsummer dreaming....

I must go and seek some dew drops here
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Fairy, Act 2 Scene 1. A midsummer nights dream

to light the path - how

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumbered here
While these visions did appear.
Puck, Act 5 Scene 1, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Walking through parkland, listening to Five Variants of  Dives and Lazarus I momentarily closed my eyes and as I did the warm meadow~sweet breeze curled around my throat. Gasping, I gulped the air down, it was both thrilling and inexplicable. In that moment I felt I was inhaling all of England, my lungs were bursting with Henry V, Thomas Hardy, Ralph Vaughan-Williams, John Keats, Christina Rosetti.....the very essence of all that I hold dear. It felt as though I had disappeared and was a particle, a part of something so ravishing I couldn't begin to describe it....I tried to stay. My eyes snapped open, it was gone, that moment. Only the tears that pricked my eyes remained.

I hurried back to the car in a daze, I wanted to write it down, just as it had happened fearing, like a dream the memory of it would fade.

I love Midsummer, whatever the weather dishes up! I know the fairies are making mischief...I can still feel the sparkles catching in my throat....

Here is a link to my Enchanted board on Pinterest, if you fancy indulging?

 shona heath stylist


  1. Hi I have just found you,I want the tent at the begining of your post its fab.It reminds me of the ones I made as a child in the garden,thank you for bringing happy memories back for me.Iv joined your blog so I can see more of your lovely pics.Love Jill xx

  2. Very sweet post~ perfect first day of summer :)

  3. Hey, you! You've posted up the very same thing that my brain has been working on for a post of my own, all morning - 'over hill, over dale...' and I had images of dewdrops and everything! But, I won't say you 'beat me to it' or 'stole the idea' ;) - no, your post is absolutely perfect! =] Magic!!!

    ...and, hearing about your moment, while you were on your walk, I'm so relieved to know that this kind of thing happens to someone else! =D and, I hesitate to say it... I do *try* to hide how sentimental I really am but... I am thinking (even more seriously than before) that you just are one of those serendipitously similar souls....alright, aka 'kindred spirit'. (But, now, I have to gruffly roll my eyes and try to act cool...)

    Thanks for this post, today - it's brought a special flare to this first day of summer!


    PS from your images, I've just discovered some wonderful sources of inspiration! I've been working so hard on the technical bits of photography, I'd almost forgotten... Thanks so much! =]

  4. wow this is very nice like the bit from midsummer nights dream shakespear and a happy midsummer
    groetjes leon10

  5. beautiful as always my lovely s-j
    the fairies were hanging a dewdrop necklace around your throat that popped into a mist of summer for you to inhale
    lucky s-j

  6. I studied A Midsummer Night's Dream in high school and all those little quotes brought it rushing back! Such a lovely, enchanting post :)

  7. Anonymous21 June, 2012

    Lovely pictures! Please can I have the tent in the 2nd picture, so nice!!
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my page! hope all is well xx

  8. Wonderful pictures to celebrate Midsummers Day.
    Sarah x

  9. Sarah that is so gorgeous.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Nina x

  10. What stunning words and photo's. I love magic like this.

    P x

  11. Such a pretty post! I completely missed Midsummer Night as had family staying and we were racing at Royal Ascot. Shame as such a magical time.

  12. A beautiful post, soo enchanting!
    Wishing you a weekend full of 'Twinkles'...
    Maria x

  13. Aaaah,, Sarah Jane,
    You've done it again....


    I was laying here in bed with lap and cup of tea, trying to work out colours for this years collection of paper beads that I make for charity (HIV orphanage in Thailand this year).

    And I am going to use some of the colour schemes from your images. (esp. image number 3).


    1. Wow that sounds like a lovely idea...have a lovely weekend,

      Sarah -x-

  14. Oh my goodness . . . you have an incredibly marvelous blog. I have been going through your posts and getting lost in the loveliness. The tent on your current post is so romantic and the lines from a midsummer night's dream are perfect. I am your newest follower. Please accept my warm invitation to come over for a visit. Maybe you will decide to follow me, too . . . stranger things have happened. Have a wonderful weekend, Connie :)

  15. Well Sarah Jane . . . it was very nice of you to stop by and check out my aprons. Wishing you a week filling with bright and beautiful memories, expectations, and everything in-between. Connie :)

  16. Wonderful, beautiful writing - you've got me dreaming and sighing now like an old romantic - AND I'm on the look out for those mischievous Midsummer fairies!
    Paula x

  17. Lovely dreamy post. And the leaf with the bunnies in... that's just beautiful. Am off to look at your Pinterest board right now.. C xx


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