Fernflower and Blackberries: Celebrating the Summer Solstice
Vodu upav. Kupalo na Ivana!
Happy Summer Solstice/Midsummer to all of you on this side of the hemisphere!
And Blessed Ivan Kupailo/Kupala Day to all you Russians/Ukrainians/Poles/Belorussians who celebrate the old ways! Today is a lovely day for weaving flower wreaths, making food magic with berries, playing in the forest, and searching for that mythical Fernflower, Chervona Ruta. It’s a hot day here in the Canyon, and well suited to spending the whole day in the river underneath the Alders. This morning I made a Spiced Blackberry Kissel (a Russian berry custard), and we’ll soon be savoring it cold, and topped with local cream and a splash of dark red wine.
However you celebrate, enjoy this longest day of the year !