June 20, 2021

A Dream of Summer: Quotes, Art & Folklore, by Amanda Bergloff



Summer is here, and to inspire you, we've collected some of EC's favorite things about this magical season...so please enjoy the quotes, art, tales, music, and folklore below that highlight this most enchanting time of year!

Suppose for a moment you live in a land, 
Amazed at what happens during summer solstice. 
Very strange things begin to occur, 
Instantly, there is little darkness, 
Night that we are so used to 
Gone; what is left is the brilliant colors.

Daylight from dusk to dawn to dusk again, 
Alight in all its energy and brightness. 
Yes, we are north of the sixtieth parallel; 
Land of the midnight sun. 
I have been here before and seen things, 
Gazed upon the horizon, waiting for darkness to reappear, 
Holding on to summer in all its life, love and beauty; 
To see it ebb once more as daylight fades to night.

~"Saving Daylight" by Davidson Pickett

A wood near Athens. A Fairy speaks:

Over hill, over dale, 
Thorough bush, thorough brier, 
Over park, over pale, 
Thorough flood, thorough fire
I do wander every where, 
Swifter than the moon’s sphere; 
And I serve the fairy queen, 
To dew her orbs upon the green: 
The cowslips tall her pensioners be; 
In their gold coats spots you see; 
Those be rubies, fairy favours, 
In those freckles live their savours: 
I must go seek some dew-drops here 
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear. 
Farewell, thou lob of spirits: I’ll be gone; 
Our queen and all her elves come here anon.

~ William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Across the open common land
shines glowing purple floral blooms
The bumble bee can hardly stand,
as flowers' scent is rising fumes

And lies there in the summer shade
a resting deer quite joyfuly
for in this beauteous sunlit glade
all's observed by sent'nel tree

This tall oak stands by sparkling stream,
whose water splashes grass and rock,
reflecting in its azure gleam,
the woodland plant and dandy clock

While goes beneath the cloudless sky,
amidst a warm and dreamy breeze,
a squirrel idling, passing by,
past numerous, careless, floating seeds."
~ Stephen Patrick, Sleepy July in Skipwith Common 
Summer Folklore
- July is the seventh month of the year according to the Gregorian calendar.  It was the fifth month in the early calendar of the ancient Romans. The Romans called the month Quintilius, which means fifth. A Roman Senate renamed the month to Julius (July) in honour of Julius Caesar, who was born on 12 July. The Anglo-Saxon names for the month included Heymonath or Maed monath, referring respectively to haymaking and the flowering of meadows.

Be sure to look at your noontime shadow around the time of the solstice. It will be your shortest noontime shadow of the year!

- In centuries past, the Irish would cut hazel branches on solstice eve to be used in searching for gold, water, and precious jewels.

- A swarm of bees in May is worth a load of hay.
A swarm of bees in June is worth a silver spoon.
A swarm of bees in July is not worth a fly.

- The glowing Ruby should adorn
Those who in warm July are born,
Then will they be exempt and free
From love's doubt and anxiety.

- If the first of July be rainy weather,
It will rain, more of less, for four weeks together.

- If ant hills are high in July,
Winter will be snowy.

- A cold and wet June spoils the rest of the year.

- A dripping June keeps all things in tune.

- A dry May and a leaking June, make the farmer whistle a merry tune. 

- If the 24th of August be fair and clear, then hope for a prosperous Autumn that year.

- In July, shear your rye.

- June damp and warm does the farmer no harm.

- Mist in May and heat in June will bring all things into tune.

- St. Swithin's Day, if it do rain, for forty days it will remain.
St. Swithin's Day an' it be fair, for forty days 'twill rain nae mair.

- A Summer fog for fair, a Winter fog for rain.

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Tis moonlight, summer moonlight,
All soft and still and fair;
The solemn hour of midnight
Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere,

But most where trees are sending
Their breezy boughs on high,
~Or stooping low are lending
A shelter from the sky.

And there in those wild bowers
A lovely form is laid;
Green grass and dew-steeped flowers
Wave gently round her head.  
~ Emily Bronte
"When the sun is shining
I can do anything;
no mountain is too high,
no trouble too difficult to overcome."
~ Wilma Rudolph
“We might think we are nurturing our garden, 
but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us."
~ Jenny Uglow

Sunflower Fun Facts
  • The botanical name for sunflower is helianthus annuus.
  • Sunflowers are symbols of faith, loyalty and adoration.
  • Sunflower faces track the sun.
  • There is a sunflower that is totally fluffy – it’s called the Teddy Bear Sunflower.
  • Sunflower seeds are nutritious and make a great snack.
  • The world’s tallest sunflower is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is 30 feet, one inch!
  • Parts of the sunflower have long been used for their healing properties.
  • They are one of the fastest growing plants.
  • A single sunflower can have up to 2000 seeds.
Easy Summer Desserts 
Check out some easy summer desserts 
perfect for any potluck gathering with family and friends!
I saw dawn creep across the sky,
And all the gulls go flying by.
I saw the sea put on its dress
Of blue midsummer loveliness,
And heard the trees begin to stir
Green arms of pine and juniper.
I heard the wind call out and say:
'Get up, my dear, it is today!'
~ Rachel Field, Summer Morning
Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here,
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here.
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good night, dear heart,
Good night, good night..
~Mark Twain
Summer Eve, Edward Robert Hughes,1908
Girl with Cats in a Summer Landscape, Elin Danielson-Gambogi, 1892
Hermia & Lysander, John Simmons, 1870
Woman with a Parasol, Claude Monet, 1875
Spirit of the Night, John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1879
Lady in Summer Moonlight, Hilda Cowham
The Bower Meadow, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, 1872
Woman in a Garden, Claude Monet, 1867
The Full Moons of SUMMER
The Strawberry Moon
June 24 2021
This first full moon of summer is named the Strawberry Moon because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year in the month of June.
The Buck Moon
July 23, 2021
July is the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur, thus the moon is named after them.
The Sturgeon Moon
August 22, 2021
The fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of August's full moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes were most readily caught during this month.
Share what you love about this season 
in the comments section below
Enchanted Conversation's contributing editor, Amanda Bergloff, writes modern fairy tales, folktales, and speculative fiction. Her work has appeared in various anthologies, including Frozen Fairy Tales, After the Happily Ever After, and Uncommon Pet Tales.
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Cover Painting: "Summer Eve" by Edward Robert Hughes, 1908
Cover Layout & Quotes/Various Graphic Design: Amanda Bergloff


Kelly Jarvis said...

This wonderful roundup is perfect for summer! Really enjoyed it! <3

Kristina Otava said...

To My Summer Friend,

Thank you for the many summer days of conversation and walks. You are so inspiring and I treasure your creativity. Beautiful selections and front cover artwork!

Guy S. Ricketts said...

I really enjoyed each work of art, each poem, each quote you featured in this entertainment and enchanting article. You even got me to learn a new thing or two. Wonderful Summer read!

Sharmon Gazaway said...

What a lovely summer collage. I used to rely only on Victoria Magazine for seasonal poetry, art and essays. EC goes one better by being able to include musical accompaniment:). Well done. Perfect respite from a chaotic summer.

Katew said...

This is all thanks to Amanda Bergloff! She is a talented wonder.

Sharmon Gazaway said...

Agreed! Hats off, Amanda Bergloff:)