Flowers and food are good and simple ways of marking this turning point in the year. Roses, lady's mantle and feverfew.
For a perfect midsummer-birthday meal marinate chicken for a couple of hours in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, rosemary and lots of cracked black peppercorns. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt before grilling. Serve with a salad of green leaves.
Follow with these easy strawberry tartlets. The recipe is from Eliza Acton's wonderful Modern Cookery For Private Families published in 1845. They are indeed good as Eliza says, especially so with clotted cream.