Summer Solstice

The summer solstice was yesterday evening, around 7:00. I had just finished up the milking dishes and shade was finally spreading over the hillside, so Bird and I went for a stroll. We stopped to smell the flowers:
In the Garden...

And in the Wild
 We walked through the garden.
Stop to Smell the Garlic
 We checked on all the critters up the hill, who seemed to be bearing the heat well.
Not Broiled Chickens
Veronica and Vervain
Bird Is Very Patient
Finally, we came home and surveyed the fruits (and vegetables) of the day's labor: two pounds of  garlic scapes and a jar of asparagus pickled, eight quarts of strawberries preserved, and two nice cabbages fermenting into kimchee. Canning was not the smartest way to spend the hottest day of the year, but I think it was worth it. And it seemed a fitting way to kick off the summer.
Pickles and Preserves #1
 Happy first day of summer, everyone!
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