Of flowers and frogs

Friday was the summer solstice – the longest day of the year –

And also Midsummer’s Eve: a major holiday here in Sweden.

Flower weaving

It’s a time for weaving flowers around the maypole

And then lifting it up into place as a team effort.

Up it goes

Midsummer is an ancient pagan tradition –

And, as you can see, it’s a celebration of fertility

And light and the burst of growth that occurs during the short Swedish summer.

Fertility

It’s a time for having fun and dancing around the maypole

Like a little frog in time-honoured tradition –

(Yes, this is me being silly…)

Joy

Although for some, a short nap in the green summer grass

Is more than welcome.

Napping

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88 responses

  1. love the flowers! nice to see you, too! and always a treat to see oscar. :)

    June 24, 2013 at 17:07

  2. Nice action shot of you! Love the maypole and Oscar napping in the grass. :)

    June 24, 2013 at 17:11

  3. I always enjoy the solstice celebration despite being an atheist. There’s a beautiful and marvellous sensation about honouring earth, nature and the elements. Great shots. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

    June 24, 2013 at 17:18

  4. Looks like so much fun!

    June 24, 2013 at 17:45

  5. What fun indeed!! Love the May Pole! And I love the picture of you and Oscar, of course!! A great look at your world today! Enjoy your week!!

    June 24, 2013 at 17:57

  6. Beautiful flowers on the May Pole! Nice to see you and Oscar and your part of the world!

    June 24, 2013 at 18:05

  7. We had dinner at a country club in Malmo when we were at the Rotary Convention in Copenhagen. During the evening festivities we were entertained with a Maypole dance and Midsummer’s eve celebration! It was quite fun!

    June 24, 2013 at 18:13

  8. Those flowers are so pretty! What a fun tradition :)

    June 24, 2013 at 19:19

  9. Eileen

    I like the May pole and flowers! A nice celebration! It is also nice to see you and Oscar is always a favorite of mine! Have a happy week!

    June 24, 2013 at 19:26

  10. You look like a high priestess in that photo! I love it! What lovely photos all of them. Oscar has the right idea, doesn’t he. But then if anyone was ever meant to dance around a maypole, it is you! Gorgeous!

    June 24, 2013 at 19:56

  11. Hello Lady Fi!
    Great party .. And Oscar napping in the grass is the greatest.
    Yours :)
    Lucia

    June 24, 2013 at 20:03

  12. Midsummer is a great time to be silly.

    We had half a gale and stayed inside!

    June 24, 2013 at 20:20

  13. smiles…pretty cool…i went to a solstice festival over the weekend and it was a very merry time…cool shot of the maypole too…think i might go in search of that nap now…smiles.

    June 24, 2013 at 20:57

  14. Lovely you! You should feature yourself more often. :)

    June 24, 2013 at 21:16

  15. Fantastic shots. Looks like a fun time.

    June 24, 2013 at 21:32

  16. Thanks for sharing the fun and celebration :-)

    June 24, 2013 at 21:55

  17. Oscar’s got the right idea.

    June 24, 2013 at 22:08

  18. What a nice tradition. I wonder how many years it goes back…thousands, maybe? I’m referring to dog naps in summer, of course.

    June 24, 2013 at 22:27

  19. Hello to you – is this the first photo of you I’ve seen in all these years? Oscar may have the right idea – it IS a long day after all.

    June 24, 2013 at 22:36

  20. Don

    What a marvellous tradition.

    June 24, 2013 at 22:43

  21. Love the sunshine and noticed you had your phone in your hand. Where’s the camera?

    June 24, 2013 at 22:47

  22. What beautiful flowers and a beautiful you! :)

    June 24, 2013 at 23:11

  23. Pat

    What a beautiful tradition to celebrate! Great shots.

    June 24, 2013 at 23:44

  24. Lovely flowers. Happy Spring and Summer.

    June 25, 2013 at 00:13

  25. Yes Fi …. A time to have fun …. pretty garlands happy faces.

    June 25, 2013 at 00:29

  26. Gorgeous. And I love your earrings too.

    June 25, 2013 at 00:37

  27. You and Oscar are in SWEDEN??!!!

    I always just assumed you lived in some specially beautiful zone in rural North America.

    BTW, I blog from Hawaii LOL :-)

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ >
    >

    June 25, 2013 at 04:47

  28. That looks like great fun! What a grand tradition!! Cheers, Danette

    June 25, 2013 at 05:05

  29. Wonderful shots from the event. People are having great time.

    June 25, 2013 at 06:06

  30. beautiful photos

    thanks

    June 25, 2013 at 06:47

  31. The Maypole is so pretty. I’m with Oscar…a nap is the grass sounds delightful!

    June 25, 2013 at 06:51

  32. oh the gift of being able to be “a bit silly” and not being afraid to share it! Wonderful. And what a glorious tradition this seems to be in Sweden. Wondeful! I wish I was there being a bit silly too!
    Have a great week, and thank you for stopping by my blog this today.

    June 25, 2013 at 06:52

  33. Beautiful pics!

    June 25, 2013 at 07:13

  34. Beautiful flowers and lovely summer photos.

    June 25, 2013 at 07:15

  35. I always thought that the maypole dance was reserved for May 1st. How wonderful that it is used on the solstice!

    June 25, 2013 at 07:33

  36. Yes, precious pictures, beautiful floral wreath! Best regards!

    June 25, 2013 at 08:03

  37. bobbushell

    Ah, midsummer, you can’t beat it, Fi.

    June 25, 2013 at 08:56

  38. Beautiful photos from the celebration! Your expression says it all is well.

    Btw. Glad to see you lady fi :)

    June 25, 2013 at 09:00

  39. Lovely captures! Great to see you in your element and Oscar chilling!

    June 25, 2013 at 09:12

  40. Nice! It is a lot of fun being silly sometimes :)

    June 25, 2013 at 09:19

  41. Midsummer’s day – I can’t think of a better day to celebrate. You seem to be having a really fun time.

    June 25, 2013 at 10:29

  42. It is a magical time after all!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    June 25, 2013 at 12:01

  43. What a wonderful tradition of celebration! Love the “silly you”! Nothing is better than to have that moment of fun :-)

    June 25, 2013 at 12:16

  44. Beautiful Maypole! Maypole soaring into the blue sky looks singing a song in praise of sunshine, and you, too, ladyfi.

    June 25, 2013 at 12:56

  45. wow beautiful…

    June 25, 2013 at 13:32

  46. Methinks midsummer madness is more than acceptable Fiona, love Oscar’s idea of a nap in the sun :) gorgeous Maypole..

    June 25, 2013 at 13:39

  47. Your pictures have added Sweden to my bucket list! Beautiful.

    June 25, 2013 at 13:46

  48. Det må ha vært en fantastisk feiring av midtsommer!
    Jeg elsker bildet av den søte hund som hviler.
    Nydelig Maypole under en nesten skyfri himmel.

    Takk for besøk på mitt siste innlegg!

    Jorunn

    June 25, 2013 at 13:52

  49. How pretty! I love the photo of the dog. :)

    June 25, 2013 at 14:40

  50. This looks like it was such a fun time!! You look happy :) and Oscar looks tired LOL.

    June 25, 2013 at 14:48

  51. remo1323

    The midsummer celebrations sure look a lot of fun. I hope you had a good time.

    June 25, 2013 at 15:14

  52. What a lovely way to celebrate the day…the maypole is so pretty. Thank you for sharing the fun event with us. :)

    June 25, 2013 at 15:30

  53. What a GORGEOUS tradition…now why don’t we do this in the states? Just love this!

    June 25, 2013 at 15:57

  54. New to me. Nice shots of celebrations.

    June 25, 2013 at 15:57

  55. Hi! Nice summer solistice day. Your photos are very fantastic and very beautiful. Wishing you a wonderful day.

    June 25, 2013 at 16:07

  56. You are lucky ! we sit in the rain and cold and I had to put the heating on. I am not talking about the north pole but about Belgium !

    June 25, 2013 at 16:43

  57. I’m enjoying learning more about these festivities! I think they’re wonderful.

    June 25, 2013 at 18:05

  58. So beautiful, happy midsummer :-)
    I spent the late evening in the woods near my home, and nature shared all sorts of treats with me, including otters and bats. It’s such a magical time of year!

    June 25, 2013 at 18:57

  59. Sounds like a great tradition and glad to get a glimpse about it through your blog. Lovely pictures.

    June 25, 2013 at 20:04

  60. What fun this must be, and the maypole is so beautiful!

    June 25, 2013 at 20:49

  61. Lovely flowers! And I agree with Hilary, you should show yourself more often here, great pic!
    And if you don’t mind me asking, could you visit my blog and see what I posted in English? I started it a few days ago and I could use some helpful hints or just thoughts on it.

    June 26, 2013 at 00:21

  62. Jim

    Beautiful tradition! Summer is flowers!
    Oscar is wondering what all the fuss is about!

    June 26, 2013 at 01:02

  63. Al

    Happy Midsummer’s Eve, a little late. That looks like a fun celebration!

    June 26, 2013 at 02:08

  64. So nice to see the blogger finally, you seldom put pics of yourself in. We had the May Pole in our village here on Vancouver Island and I
    was the Queen of the May, do they have the May Queen? Sweden looks wonderful in the summer. cheers.

    June 26, 2013 at 04:00

  65. Blond Duck

    It’s so nice to see the pretty face behind the pretty photos!

    June 26, 2013 at 04:42

  66. Looks like a beautiful celebration! You and Oscar look good too..:)

    June 26, 2013 at 04:50

  67. You are adorable and almost float in happy silliness! May you never outgrow that love of life. Love the festival and seeing how it is celebrated in your country.

    Bises,
    Genie

    June 26, 2013 at 05:06

  68. intéressante cette composition florale

    June 26, 2013 at 08:22

  69. Lovely traditions! I love the vines wound around the poles.

    June 26, 2013 at 15:31

  70. imac

    Wow, what a treat this week, sure shots and excitement all around,,,rven Lady Fi in the flesh,lol. to nice to meet you my friend.

    June 26, 2013 at 19:57

  71. What a beautiful tradition…and as beautiful as those flowers are…I think I would love a nap on the greens as well. :P

    June 26, 2013 at 20:51

  72. its exhausting overseeing all that fun

    June 26, 2013 at 21:24

  73. loved this post.
    oh, you look great my friend!
    gorgeous shots as ever.

    happy summer!

    June 26, 2013 at 22:02

  74. Look how beautiful you are! And so are your flower poles. It looks like you had a perfect day for it.
    xo jj

    June 27, 2013 at 07:09

  75. Nice to see you. I didn’t realize they still have may pole dancing in some places. That’s great.

    June 28, 2013 at 08:54

  76. That’s a wonderful tradition and thanks for sharing it with lovely pictures.

    June 28, 2013 at 17:11

  77. I love that Midsummer’s Eve is an official holiday there! It’s so Shakespearian and pagan and romantic! :-) That May Pole is just beautiful! And how fun to finally see the talented woman behind the camera – great photo of you! Though you and Oscar were engaged in completely opposite activities, you both have the right idea about how to spend a lovely summer day. :-)

    June 28, 2013 at 17:37

    • PS – It has long bothered me that the avatar assigned to me by Word Press wears such a scowl, expressing a mood that never matches my comments! But now at least I know what to call it! LOL! (And yes, I know I could join WP and have an avatar of my choosing, but joining one more social networking site and having to remember one more password would make my head explode.) :-)

      June 28, 2013 at 17:40

  78. Ahhh, I LOVE that photo of you, Lady Fi. So CUTE & Free….and of course, Oscar is abundantly Fabulous xx

    June 29, 2013 at 02:04

  79. I love being silly, too! Great post for OWT. Thanks for playing along.
    Cheers from Cottage Country!

    June 30, 2013 at 01:29

  80. Happy holiday! And I enjoyed looking at your celebration pics. I have read about this holiday in Swedish fiction – one of my obsessions;)

    June 30, 2013 at 06:47

  81. JM

    Love those decorations on maypoles. So typical of your corner of the world.

    July 4, 2013 at 15:10

  82. Great shots of a wonderful tradition!

    July 7, 2013 at 02:28

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