We've figured out our definate plans for Midsummer/Litha/The Summer Solstice, and I know that at least some of my readers are curious about what we plan to do, so I thought that - now that we have our plans finalized - I would tell you. So...
I got hold of some suitable lavender from this site, so we are going to make some lavender syrup and a lavender dream pillow for each of us. I'm knitting pouches to sew up as pillows instead of us buying fabric though, to add that extra bit of a personal touch. I'm knitting up the pouches ahead of time so that all we have to do is stuff them and sew them up on the day. In fact, I've knitted the pieces for them, and now I just need to stitch them in to a pouch shape (which I will be doing over the weekend) so they're ready to be stuffed and have the last bit of stitching done on Tuesday.
We will also be doing this Summer Solstice ritual (this is the ritual I mentioned a couple of weeks back that Kelly was fetching the stuff for up town). We're hoping to do it outside in the back garden, but if it rains then we will have to do all but the burying of the pouches inside. Kero will have to have his lead clipped on during the ritual. Well, he has to outside now anyway, but we don't want him stepping outside the circle once it's been cast, so I'll have to keep him by my side to make sure he stays within the boundry. Especially since I'm not sure how he'll react once we light the candle, since he varies in his behaviour around things like that.
For a "feast" we plan to have a cheese and tomato pizza (round, and covered in yellow and red - plus it has tomatoes - so it's a reasonable option for a Summer feast) and some strawberries. We would have had salad, but Kelly doesn't eat salads, and a cheese and tomato pizza is one of the few foods that Kelly will eat that's also suitable for me as a vegetarian. We don't often end up eating the same meals, because of the fact I'm a vegetarian and he's not. But I thought that - since it's a special day - we should eat the same thing. Well, Kelly usually has meat on his pizza, but has agreed that if I don't make him eat salad then he will just buy a cheese and tomato pizza, so that I can share it. So, that's what we're going with. And, as I said, we're following it up with some fresh strawberries.
The final plan for the day is to leave out milk and honey for the fairies... It's meant to keep them on our good side and stop them from being tempted to play tricks on us. If the Lavender Syrup works out well, I'll leave a bit of that out for them too!
We didn't want to be doing anything too complicated due to it being the first time we're doing things together. Besides, we're on a budget this year as well.