“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” ~ Maud Hart Lovelace
Good morning, everyone! I do hope this finds each of you enjoying a glorious June morning. Until recently, the month of June was not a month to which I had given much thought. Other than it signaled the end of a school year, it is my husbands birth month, and it is the beginning of summer and hot weather. But lately, at every corner and page I have turned, all I see are beautiful thoughts and images of June. So, this morning I would like to share some of what I have found with you.
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery
P. Allen Smith’s Arkansas home ~ Moss Mountain Farm
“Oh June, that we desired so, across the river thy soft breezes blow sweet with the scent of beanfields far away, above our heads rustle the aspens grey, calm is the sky with harmless clouds beset, no thought of storm the morning vexes yet.” ~ William Morris
Is it because I am older and have more time, I have taken notice of such gorgeousness? Beauty, in any form, has always commanded my attention, but never before have I connected so much beauty to a single month. Most likely, June has always arrived finding me still intoxicated by the fragrance of loads of peony blooms and, therefore, my vision has been blurred. It really is my only excuse.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” ~ Henry David Thoreau
“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode and every sunset is different.” ~ John Steinbeck
“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.” ~ Gertrude Jekyll
June truly has such magnificent beauty. This beauty has inspired the writings of volumes of lovely words, by marvelously talented souls. Great love and romance also seem to blossom in June and the month provides the most perfect ambiance for weddings and special celebrations.
“…ambrosial June-inspired blooms, sun parasol days, poetic moons.” ~ Unknown
And as Julia Child stated, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.” And, we never want our parties to be “just a meeting.” So, I thought you may enjoy the beautifully decorated Lemon Elderflower Cake ~ it is a cake worthy of a royal occasion. It was the choice of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their wedding cake. (link for the recipe is below)
Lemon Elderflower Cake ~ Recipe, Visit Here ~ https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/lemon-elderflower-cake?soc=sharefb
Most importantly, regarding this glorious month, do take time to enjoy the beauty. Sit, snooze, listen to birdsong and the laughter of children. Take a drink of anything and everything which is blooming. Bask in the magnificence of these precious days and notice every detail.
“Rest is not idleness on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ~ John Lubbock
“A delicious June afternoon of mellow, glowing sunshine is all I needed to uplift my spirits. Out in the garden, the trees swayed in a gentle breeze and the flowers jiggled merrily and looked like they were dancing. I sat quiet in the dappled light of a row of bowing elder. All was calm and unruffled, with only the sound of the leaves whispering things and a wood pigeon cooing in the coppice. I wrapped myself up in a blanket of pleasant thoughts and set Time free from his watch.” ~ Flora Turrill
Thanks so much for your visit and perhaps you have been inspired, just as I was, to see June through new eyes.
Have a most beautiful day!
“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” ~ James Russell Lowell
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Unless otherwise stated, I do not claim ownership of these photos. These photos are the work of tremendously talented people and I simply compiled them for your enjoyment.