23 Jun 2018 – Sankthansaften=Midsummer’s Eve
Tue: Troop 48 on flag ceremony, #3 is somewhere there — Camp Rainey Mountain Northeast Georgia Council. Clayton GA. Pix credits to Todd Atkins. #3 does not have a camera, looking forward to hearing about his camp life when he gets back.
Wed: at the local PostOffice, a helpful and friendly one – SurfaceMail no longer exist and a box, app just over 4lbs/2kg of paper&plastic party goods cost US$60 S$80! to mail from here to Norway and that was the cheapest way!! for real! So if shipping is not included, do NOT shop there!
Lunched@Chick-fil-A, my favourite fastfood chain here, did not realised that they no longer have coleslaw but still like their Chick-n-Strips with HoneyMustadSauce&Lemonade. And this combo includes fried&drink+tax is US$8 S$12. The only -point about this HarbisonBranch is that it must be located in one of the worst junctions here, even with a traffic-light in front.
Thu: Happy Summer Solstice – longest day of the year! Some theories speculate that Stonehenge in UK and NewGrange in Ireland were specifically designed to align with the sun. Pix downloaded.
SummerSolstice (21Jun) is not quite the same as MidSummer! In Norway SankHansaften=Midsummer’s Eve (23Jun) where the bonfire is one of the oldest known bonfire celebrations there! Pix from 2013 and probably the last time building a bonfire in Norway. The residences of Alesund built a world record-breaking 155.5ft bonfire for their traditional midsummer in 2016 – pix downloaded
Fri: TGIF and another hot day. Congratulations to #1&2 who won running shoes@their running camp. Linn heads off to FLL, Jeff is busy with the Residences’ Graduating Dinner tonight and will be working for the weekend. 9yrs ago Linn was diagnosed with Septic Pelvic Thrombophlebitis when #4 was born. Let’s hope that there is enough energy for me to pull thru’ the next 2+weeks.
Enjoyed #1,2,4&5 company for dinner@Chick-fil-A again as requested by them. Just as well that I like the food there! Talented fun kids messing with their iphones and resulting in quite an effect with this image. They have to grow up faster than normal having to handle situations created by others who are inconsiderate, irresponsible and totally selfish – my heart, thoughts and prayers are very much with them.
Sat: Happy Midsummer. Celebrating Sankhansaften=Midsummer’s Eve with a home-cooked steak dinner and a bonfire roasting marshmallows for dessert in the backyard. Welcome #3 home from camp bearing! gifts for the family – very touched for the green water-bottle as he remembers that I like the colour green!
Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
The lunatic, the lover and the poet
Are of imagination all compact:
One sees more devils than vast hell can hold,
That is, the madman: the lover, all as frantic,
Sees Helen’s beauty in a brow of Egypt:
The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name – William Shakespeare,