As some people are already aware the solstice, both winter and summer tend to have a profound impact on me, in the sense that they appear to effect change and offer new direction. This solstice is no exception.
The summer solstice seems to be my time for new ventures, growth and action, whilst the shortest day of the year is my time to sit back reflect and take stock. This time last year I embarked on the project that is America Village. This year I am developing and introducing America Village Apothecary products to the world!
Although this train has been in motion for a while, I now believe that the time is right for it to depart my pantry and move on to shop, bar, market and restaurant platforms - A little daunting but very exciting!
To mark the day I hosted an Apothecary Club Brunch, which was a lovely way to begin the new solstice cycle. The gathering continued well into the day - Always a good sign when a brunch gathering continues into the late afternoon. There was great company, stories, plant identification and tasting. Cakes, cakes and more cakes, crumble, scones, syrups, extracts and essence, cordial's, coffee, tea, tea and yet more tea!
Of course the day wouldn't have been complete without a twilight walk - Bright until nearly midnight; An Elderflower and Cherry Rosé Prosecco Cocktail -
"So we grew together like a double cherry, seeming parted, but yet an union in partition, two lovely berries moulded on one stem" - 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' William Shakespeare
Because a cocktail just wouldn't be right on midsummer's night without the cherries - and a wee dance with my love - MIDSUMMERS MAGIC.