Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Strawberry Moon

Each full moon has a name.     Named by our Native Americans the most famous, of course, is October's Harvest Moon.    

Tonight is a special night for not only is it the summer solstice but it is also the strawberry moon.   The lightest day of the year will be followed by one of the brightest nights since the full moon will fall on the solstice.      This doesn't happen often -- maybe once or twice in a lifetime.

The last time there was a full moon on the summer solstice was in 1967.   The summer of peace and love!
According to the Old Farmers Almanac, this full moon, landing exactly on the solstice, doesn't just rise as the sun sets but is opposite the sun in all other ways too.    Because the sun is so high, the moon will be low.
Our Native Americans called it "Strawberry Moon" not for its color but because its arrival heralds the start of strawberry picking season.
This magical moon is also notable this year for being the fourth full moon to fall between the March equinox and the June solstice.     There are usually only three in one season.
The next Strawberry Moon on the summer solstice -- 2062.

The summer solstice is notable, too, for activities at Stonehenge and with the summer solstice and a strawberry moon record crowds are expected.

Six years ago, we lived five miles from Stonehenge and would often drive by on the way home from an outing.      We thought it great fun to have Stonehenge for a neighbor.    Unfortunately, we didn't get to celebrate the solstice at Stonehenge for we were home by that time.

But whether you're there celebrating a Strawberry Moon and a solstice or just visiting in an ordinary month, Stonehenge is awesome!
And yesterday was Midsummer's Eve for today is Midsummer.       

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