“DO YOU ALWAYS WATCH FOR THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR AND THEN MISS IT? I ALWAYS WATCH FOR THE LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR AND THEN MISS IT.” — Daisy Buchanan, ‘The Great Gatsby’
We’re on the brink of July and summer is in full swing. With the days so long and the weather so glorious I only want to be in the present; to live every minute with my whole heart — but how can it be that the hours have already reached their peak? That the sun has played its final act and begun a slow retreat from the stage? I refuse to believe it. Don’t show me a calendar or speak to me about math — I’m not listening and I won’t acknowledge it.
But when has there ever been desire without scarcity? It’s taken 5 years of chills and fog but I’ve forgotten what endless summer really feels like — stifling days with the concrete shimmering in the heat and everywhere an eye-watering glare. We want what we don’t — or can’t — have, so I ran away from the sun and chased after the shade and now these summer days are precious to me in ways I never thought they could be. Instead of closing my eyes to the passing of the solstice I welcomed it this year in the only way we can in San Francisco — bundled up in as many layers as possible and surrounded by the bounty of our connections to each other.
We’re halfway through another year and once again the world has shifted so much beneath my feet. Love and laughter and heartache and sometimes a bit of righteous fury — the only thing constant is change. The days have reached their peak and the sun is coyly slipping away. Let’s make the most of every day left to us.
I finally had a chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do — walk into the San Francisco Flower Market and buy all the flowers. It was our splurge for the gathering. Each guest had their own flower crown and bouquets everywhere polished the rustic back-yard setting. We mostly winged it when making the crowns for each guest, but you can find a great DIY here.
I contributed this potato and egg salad along with a variation on corn maque choux using fresh corn and summer squash from my CSA box. Overall we kept things really simple — dinner was potluck style, with the main course of local and organically raised meat seasoned simply with salt and rosemary; roasted on low heat in the oven and charred over the grill to finish before being served along herbed mustard and cilantro-garlic sauce. Seasonal fruits and veggies were set out with humus, cheeses and spicy salami. Home-made chocolate bars and a mouth-watering ginger-nectarine pie (similar recipes here and here) capped off the evening, but of course there were plenty of drinks along the way — white wine over ice, red wine for after dark, and Campari spritzers.
How are you making the most of the summer? Have you ever been to a solstice party? Share your story in the comments, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or connect with me on instagram to stay in touch. I’d love to hear what you love — or hate! — about the summer! If you’d like to have our cameras at your event we would love to be there! Connect with us over at Ritual Photowork or email us at email@example.com.
Cheers, salutations, and happy Mid-Summer! Until next time my loves,