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Summer Solstice 2013 Tonight, June 21 At 1:04 a.m. Eastern U.S. My Least Favorite Day Of The Year!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

Related posts:
1/ Rejoice! Winter Solstice … — Dec. 20, 2012.
2/ Spring 2013 Equinox — Mar. 20, 2013.


Notice how the 'Length of Day' starts decreasing, slowly at first but inexorably. This is from 'timeanddate.com'. Click if you want to access.

Notice how the ‘Length of Day’ starts decreasing, slowly at first but inexorably. This is from ‘timeanddate.com’. Click if you want to access.

Where else but Stonehenge, one of my favorite stomping grounds in Britain. Went there for the first time in 1973. Took my new puppy, a border collie with me. In those days there were no restrictions whatever about walking up to the stones. You parked the car and just trampled across the grass field. The puppy, named Rousseau (after the Swiss philosopher), lifted his leg up against each and every stone! That is still my abiding memory of ‘the Henge’. Rousseau peeing against all the stones. Makes me sad when I see all the ‘modern’ precautions and restrictions, but I do understand. I am glad that Rousseau and I got to visit it when it was still, more or less, just a pile of old rocks in an open field.

My diagram of what happens to the Sun

The exact moment when the North Pole is most tipped towards the Sun occurs at 5:04 (am) Greenwich. That means 1:04 Eastern. I will still be up. I will symbolically tip my hat on behalf of you all.

It is a sad day. Winter is on the way. Bummer.

Never understood why folks in NH celebrate this day. The day to REVEL is the December, Winter Solstice. Our ‘ancestors’ knew that. They even had a huge holiday to celebrate. We now call it Christmas.

Well, you can, of course, do whatever you want. This is a free country.

But, I will, as ever, as I always do at the Summer Solstice, sulk and start counting the days to the Winter Solstice — my best day of the year.

Áine Minogue, Harpist, At Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve … Worth Going
>>Nov. 29, 2012.
Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
Wolfeboro Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012, Clearlakes Chorale,

>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.


As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am very partial to harp music, acutely aware that I need to get my fill of the chords down here on earth, while I can. So, I was delighted that there was to be an harpist, Áine Minogue, was scheduled for two one hour slots at the All Saint’s Church (South Main St.) at 6:30pm and 7:30 pm.

Her name intrigued me. ‘Minogue‘ is a name I am familiar with from Sri Lanka. I was also vaguely familiar with the Australian Kylie Minogue from the work that she has done in Sri Lanka. So, I went looking. No, she has no Sri Lankan connections, but I will not hold that against her.

This is her Website. She has some good stuff there. Her slideshow of ‘Avebury, Glastonbury and Stonehenge‘ was a trip down memory lane for me. She has a well stocked ‘Listening Room‘. I listened, some. It was soothing. Mainly Celtic, and there is nothing wrong with that. I do like a bit of classic harp, but I will take what I can. So, I am hoping I will get to see her. Will have to ‘drag’ the kids straight from the parade and the 1st batch of fireworks. Might be able to make the 7:30 IF I bribe them with Chinese! The Church is small. So it could be packed.

Talking of Chinese, I am going to get my Chinese in Wolfeboro. Usually I get it in Alton, but the new owner, as she has made abundantly clear, has a problem. She pays too much in taxes. So I am trying to help out, as I also did with a local insurance company. When it comes to income and business taxes (including the dreaded NH ‘income & dividend‘) you only pay taxes on what you make — sans deductions. So, one way to pay less taxes is to make less money. Now, property taxes on the other hand … That is another story. Might do West Lake. Deanna likes it. Plus it will be the eve of our 10th wedding anniversary. More than likely ‘the sister-in-law’, as she invariably does, might be along. That could be fun. She was adamant that our marriage wouldn’t last, just because we had only known each other for a month!