The summer solstice is here. From today the days will start getting shorter. The wheel turns again.
but do not despair, I have roses, cake and Shakespeare for you.
First a snippet from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Over hill, over dale,
Thorough bush, thorough briar,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;
And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green.
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats, spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours,
In their freckles live our savours.
I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
My queen and all her elves come here anon!
Act II: Sc i
Next a cake. A birthday cake for my midsummer man, indeed 'A proper man, as one shall see in a summer’s day', so says Quince in Act I: Sc ii.
It is the same cake I made him last year. With different berries.
A merry Midsummer to you all.