The Summer Solstice
After a very wet, cold, dull June we awoke this morning to bright sunshine; blue sky all the way.
Do any of you celebrate this time of year, wear garlands. priestly robes? Do you put flowers in your hair, bow down to the dawn? Maybe you offer the odd sacrifice to the gods in the hope of a bountiful harvest.
Very many years ago a group of friends, sneaked out of our various colleges, drove down to Stonehenge over night and waited for the dawn to break. As we went on the 23rd rather than the 21st it was deserted except for an elderly 'professor type'.
The boys hauled him over the wire fence and we wandered about; I don't remember seeing any sunrise. I used to wonder how the old boy got out as when we left he was nowhere to be seen.
I remember being quite worried if, when I got back to College I would find the dreaded 'note on the bedroom door' meaning a visit to the Principal for a dressing down. Luckily no one noticed I had been away and I was safe.
It all seems so very tame by today's standards!