New York, New Hugh – What Really Happened – Day 1

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I started the day off with walking Toby.  Diane, my Sister-in-Law, and her husband Tom, were here to look after Toby while John (my partner), Anna (John’s Niece) and I, were going to be in New York.  We were all very excited by the up coming flight and getting to New York later that day.  The only thing I was not looking forward to was trying to stay awake at the other end, given that New York is five hours behind the UK and with the flight landing at five in the afternoon, we had to make sure we were not going to fall asleep the moment we got to the hotel.

New YorkNow we were very lucky with the flights because John had managed to save enough Air Miles over the last one thousand years to get us seats in Upper Class.  Wow, what a treat, plus there was a…

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Swedish Midsummer coming up this Friday

Swedish Midsummer coming up this Friday

It soon is that time of the year again…

Time to celebrate Midsummer in Sweden. This is a holiday almost like Christmas for the Swedes. I guess it’s a local holiday. Finland celebrate something close to our Midsummer, but I am not sure if there are more people that does.

Midsummer are celebrated on a Friday, every year, the date varies from the 20-25th of June. It have some historic roots back to the 300-century and one reason to celebrate (historic) are the summer solstice. In the beginning it was a pagan feast which later on turned to a celebration of the birth of John the Baptist.

Today Midsummer have very much became “a huge party”. Many people visit relatives in the countryside, where a “maypole” are in the center for a lot of dancing and singing. The weather always are the worst of the year, but everyone stays outside. I guess that it might seem like a pagan feast for someone who are not familiar with it…

Many women and girls wear a crown of flowers in their hair. I took this photo last year:

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A girl with a crown of flowers

For me Midsummer is a celebration of the summer, and it is filled with joy. I feel so happy and grateful when summer begins. We have some wonderful days in front of us:) I will get back to you with some photos from this years celebration. I will celebrate on “Åland”, which is an island in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

Until then, enjoy this photo from June in Sweden a few years ago, worth celebrating, isn’t it?

An evening in June

An evening in June