The Summer Solstice
Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day and shortest night of the year, usually falling on 21st June. This time of year is when the sun reaches its highest point and it marks the halfway point of the growing season.
Beltane, the Celtic festival at the start of the summer, was associated with the tradition of lighting bonfires and these were also a feature of the solstice, the high point of the summer. Often the bonfires were lit on hilltops. This was a time for the ancient Celts to banish harmful spirits with the power of light and sun, in the hope that abundant harvests would follow.
Here on Mallon Farm, we are preparing for one of our main events of the year; the flax harvest. The seeds were sown back in May and we wait for around 100 days before starting to pull the flax by hand. Let's hope for an abundant harvest this year!