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Mid summer's day

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kittylester Wed 21-Jun-17 13:12:06

The beeb have just said today looks like the hottest midsummer day for years.

Unless my memory is fooling me, isn't today the summer solstice and the first day of meteorological summer (and my lovely Pop's 135th birthday). But, isn't mid summer's day 24th June - confusingly!

Anniebach Wed 21-Jun-17 13:35:33

Mid summer 24th

Longest day 21st

grannysue05 Wed 21-Jun-17 13:39:59

It's to do with ancient calendars. Summer solstice is always June 21st. June 24th is a quarter day (self explanatory). There were originally discrepancies between two ancient calendars (The Julian and the Gregorian). When the calendars were required to merge and make sense, these two dates remained as they were. So, we are left with the slightly confusing mid summer dates.

kittylester Wed 21-Jun-17 13:43:03

At least my long term memory is intact!! grin

MawBroon Wed 21-Jun-17 14:05:19

Either way it's downhill to C.....mas sad

kittylester Wed 21-Jun-17 14:08:08

Now that is depressing! grin

Jalima1108 Wed 21-Jun-17 14:33:36

It was certainly very hot 41 years ago today!
I was in the maternity home smile

rosesarered Wed 21-Jun-17 15:29:30

Put the sprouts on?

I used to know all those dates Kitty but cannot dredge them up from the depths these days, so well done all who do remember them.Shall we celebrate with a drink or three?🍹🍹🍹

kittylester Wed 21-Jun-17 15:50:47

Jalima many happy returns to that child. And you of course. wine

Isn't 'maternity home' a strange concept now!

Your sprouts will never be done if you haven't got them on already, roses shock

Iam64 Wed 21-Jun-17 15:53:05

I'd like to celebrate with a very large ice cream cone, plus 99 , from the posh ice cream shop a mile away. They make their own. No doubt the queue will be lengthy, especially as schools are just coming out.
I don't know if I ever knew that midsummer day was on a different day to the longest day. I do now

whitewave Wed 21-Jun-17 16:26:17

I had a Suffolk clotted cream ice cream, after a lovely coastal walk.

What I have noticed is how glorious all the gardens everywhere are looking. It really has been the most wonderful year so far.

Mind you I am a tad worried about my pots. I absolutely flooded them but I doubt whether they will not be affected. I could have asked my neighbours, but they have both brand new babies so their need is greater than mine!!!

grannypiper Wed 21-Jun-17 17:11:26

I find this day the most depressing of the year as i know the nights will get darker minutes earlier until we get to winter solstice. At the moment we dont have darkness here, i was gardening last night until after 10 p.m and the streetlights didnt come on until 10.44.

Jalima1108 Wed 21-Jun-17 18:08:22

Thank you kittylester; that very hungry baby is now a 6'3" man and a father himself!!
smile

Jalima1108 Wed 21-Jun-17 18:10:04

I don't find it depressing, it's the autumn equinox I find depressing. Everyone else is looking forward to walking in the woods, scuffing the fallen leaves and I just think of cold, dark, wet winter.

Make the most of summer! smile

Sar53 Wed 21-Jun-17 18:10:38

Longest day today, my birthday. June 20th 1976 my eldest daughter was born. It was such a hot summer that year. Today is also my son in laws 40th and my youngest daughter has taken him to see Les Mis. Hope the theatre had aircon.

Jalima1108 Wed 21-Jun-17 18:17:42

Happy birthday Sar53

It was a very long hot summer - trying to keep the babies cool was quite difficult.

Wheniwasyourage Wed 21-Jun-17 18:22:28

Happy birthday to all concerned! wine

I always feel cheered up on December 21st at the thought that the darkness will start to get less, and it does occur to me that the reverse is true today, but there should be some summer still to come... Just now it is chucking it down here, but it is quite warm.

Sorry to hear about your sprouts, rosesarered. Of course kittylester is right, and they won't be ready, but then maybe you like them with a bit of a bone in?