Happy Midsummer!


And it's the first day of summer!  The weather is finally catching up to us.  Our lovely 80-some degree temps are rising into the 90s now, although we've yet to experience any days that compare to the horrible record-setting highs of the previous two years.  (Crossing fingers!)  The girls and I are seeing a children's theatre production of Cinderella today, and I start my final weekend of Shakespeare tonight.  I hope to fit in some Midsummer loveliness all weekend long.

As promised, here are some photos from last weekend's trip to Lindsborg - Little Sweden, U.S.A.!  Their annual Scandinavian-style Midsummer Festival was Saturday.  It was a rainy morning, and I didn't take as many pictures as I normally do.  It was a morning of Swedish pancakes, Blomkrans (flower wreaths), dala horse sightings, and folk dance-watching.  After lunch, however, the sun came out and I took the girls to nearby Coronado Heights, a Works Progress Administration-era state park.  (See more about Coronado Heights here.)  I took pictures of some beautiful summer-hued views:  golden fields, green trees, and flowers.  Lots of butterflies and ladybugs, too!




Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren,illustrated by Ilon Wikland.







Alas, the limo was not our ride. 

Happy Midsummer/Solstice/First Day of Summer to every one of my readers above the equator!  And a Happy First Day of Winter to my readers below the equator.  (Deep down, I'm jealous - I'm such a winter gal myself.)

And a Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!

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  1. Looks fun! Awesome you got the Astrid Lindgren book!

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    1. I told the girls I didn't want to buy anything but a bite to eat, some Swedish coffee (to give Mr. B for Father's Day), and a Noisy Village book. (Of the full-length books, our library only has The Children of Noisy Village.) Gas for the trip is expensive enough!

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  2. I envy you for going to such fantastic events with your children! I wished I had the time to do the same with my boy! I definitely need to organize a day at the theatre one day with him! It's definitely on my bucket list :)

    The hot weather here is just really annoying me. I can't stand it! Thank goodness for AC and indoor fun (drawing!).

    That book is on my To Read list but I didn't get a chance to go to the library yet!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. I love air conditioning, iced tea, and a good shower. ;o) Look to see if there are any children's theatre productions around where you live! They're usually inexpensive, and more forgiving if the kiddo winds up being noisy or squirmy or otherwise unimpressed. ;o) Our library only had The Children of Noisy Village and the Christmas picture book. I told the girls when we stopped by Hemlojd, if they have any other Noisy Village books, I'm buying!

      Happy Weekend to You, too!

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  3. Wonderful pictures, great events, your girls are so lucky! And oh my, that Astrid Lindgren book was one of my favorites growing up. I read it so many times at my aunt's house when I was about nine or ten, then I bought it last year when she passed away cuz it reminds me of her and those quiet Sunday mornings. It's awesome. :)

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    1. Oh, that's a wonderful story. I'm sorry about your aunt's passing. The girls and I are excited to read it. We enjoyed The Children of Noisy Village very much. Thank you for all the kind words! xoxoxoxoxo

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  4. FUN pix! Beautiful! Gosh, your town seems to have the most fun stuff going on. Your book! SO neat! We have 'The Children of Noisy Village' but haven't read it yet.

    Happy, happy, happy summertime to you....xoxo!

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    1. Well, Lindsborg isn't really our town. It's a little over an hour away. This was only my fourth visit there! We are making it a regular event, though, at least for the Midsummer and St. Lucia Festivals. The Children of Noisy Village is the only one of the full-length Noisy Village novels our library had. I need to buy a copy to keep, but it will wait.

      Happy Summer!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  5. This festival looks like so much fun, I wish I could visit!! The weather and landscape look so lovely too. Thank you for sharing your cool pictures :D

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your kind words! It was a lovely day. Very warm, but not unbearably hot. Someday I long to visit a Midsummer Festival in Sweden or another Scandinavian country, but it is always nice to find special places and events close to home. :o)

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  6. ah, now fun! I bet you girls had a great time, the prairie is beautiful when its all in bloom :) and I love all the food there and the great books you can find! Hope we can drive up for one some time!~

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    1. Maybe next time you come, we will be there, too. And maybe we'll sit right next to each other and take pictures of the exact same thing and not talk to each other.

      Oh, wait...

      It was a fun day! I love Midsummer. I really need to head to Lindsborg after a birthday or something, when I have a little more disposable income in my pocket. Too much stuff! I want it all!

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