Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Yes, I loooove Shakespeare. And I own a copy of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and read it now and then. It is a very readable play. And also tomorrow is Midsommarafton, "Midsummer's Eve". So I have been preparing by baking bread, making Swedish cream and strawberry cakes, strawberry jam, homemade custard and a raspberry-blueberry pie. I still have to do tuna sandwiches. Midsommarafton is an ancient Swedish holiday. In old times people were celebrating the longest day of the year and performed fertility rituals and dances. Today it is a celebration of summer.

This is a traditional midsummer pole. It is dressed in leaves and flowers. Many people also wear a flower wreath in their hair. After the pole is raised the dancing starts. Today this old tradition is mainly for the children, but there are some dance groups still performing traditional dances in traditional clothes.

Our garden and the ditches surrounding it is filled with flowers in bloom!

And look at our kitchen garden now! I have already pulled up the first harvest of radish.

And this is what I was wearing today. At least until I was making pork chops in tomato sauce and spilled all over myself...

A tank from Aeropostale and khaki shorts that was a "hand-me-down" from my sister-in-law. The khaki did not mingle well with tomato sauce... I love the pink lining of the shorts!

Tomorrow we will be celebrating with friends and family. I will wear my "new" thrifted dress and have a great time! And you will read about it soon! :) Happy Midsummer Weekend to all you lovelies!


  1. I don't know about everyone else, but I want ALL your recipes mentioned here!

  2. agree with the comment above!

  3. You are amazing for making so many delicious dishes. Again, your garden look incredible, so well taken care of.

    Enjoy your holiday, have fun and can't wait to see the new dress.

  4. plockade du sju sorters blommor?
    ha en fortsatt trevlig midsommar helg!

  5. Wow, vackra bilder! Och pion, min favorit!