Friday, June 21, 2013

Soul-stice

Image via www.timessquareny.org
It's hard to believe with this lovely winter sunshine but today is actually the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere - the shortest day (and the longest night) of the year when the sun is at its weakest.  The word 'solstice' actually means 'sun set still' in latin.  And while I console myself with the thought that I might one day be in the northern hemisphere doing Solstice in Times Square (a mass yoga class and festival to celebrate the summer solstice), winter hasn't really been too bad so far.  With all the sales on the moment, I have bought an investment piece in a down jacket from Kathmandu which has been keeping me pretty toasty when the temperatures have been below 5 degrees these past few mornings.

Bonfire image via www.weekendnotes.com
Another thing which will keep you warm is the second annual Winter Solstice Bonfire being held tomorrow from 4.30 pm at Montsalvat, which I think is a fantastic idea in keeping with the tradition of lighting bonfires (using Yule logs) in the dark to rest and reflect, with the light symbolising the return of the sun and longer days.  The bonfire will be lit around 5.45 pm and there will be a lantern parade, live music and entertainers, food and beverage stalls and even the CFA in a big red truck (maybe to put the fire out if necessary!) and The Meeting Pool restaurant will also be open for dinner with bookings essential on 9431 2681.

Also a reminder that the Monty Farmers Market is on tomorrow from 9 am - 1 pm at Montmorency Primary School, 60A Rattray Road in Montmorency.  If you're in Monty, it's also worth checking out  Espresso 3094 and The Second Hand Shop.  Have a great weekend!

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