Summer Solstice Energy

Summer officially began this morning here in New York and it’s just so, well, exciting! (And refreshing! And gorgeous!)

Western New York is blessed with four beautiful seasons and it’s so much fun to celebrate a new beginning every three months. The trees are in full bloom, the flowers are everywhere, the berries are ripening and I am awestruck at how the earth can just explode with new life after our hash winter season. I hate to brag, but there is no better place to be than western New York in June.

I had the chance to celebrate our region yesterday with an old friend from Texas. She and I used to work for the same company 17 years ago. I didn’t know anyone at the company when I joined, but Kathy and I soon bonded over our imminent ‘later in life’ pregnancies and our shared roots in rural New York. I had my son, then she welcomed twin girls. Yesterday she was visiting her mom  and my son and I met her and her twins for a hike in a beautiful state park  near Ithaca- one of the many parks in the Finger Lakes that are filled with lovely waterfalls. We took a 5 mile hike, then shared a picnic. It was a good day!

May I present to you Robert Treman State Park.




The kids had a great time too!


After all that hiking yesterday, I had to stop at a few quilt shops today just to keep myself in sewing shape!


The entrance to Mt Pleasant Quilting Company

I purchased a couple of fat quarters in blue, because I am obsessed with finishing True Blue.


Meanwhile I’m making great progress with my French General Petite Trip quilt.


All this is unfolding while a fresh summer breeze wafts through my sewing room windows. Life is good.

9 thoughts on “Summer Solstice Energy

  1. Meg our-house-quilts says:

    Here in western Western Australia we are blessed also, not with four seasons, but only two. Both are lovely and make life easy. Of course, we are all envious of anywhere that has a white Christmas, but we are well over that envy by Mid-January. Your day hike looks lovely, a real pleasure.

      • Meg our-house-quilts says:

        Ours would be summer, and nearly-summer. There’s not much difference between Fall and Spring when all our trees are evergreen eucalyptus. It is winter solstice here for us today. The sun is shining (mostly) and it is 65°. We still have about 11 hours of daylight. A distinct change of seasons, as you have, is really wonderful. You have so described it so well. On the plus side for us, we are able to be outdoors: tennis, sailing, cycling, hiking, all year.

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