Today is the longest day of the calendar year; otherwise known as Summer Solstice!
The date 21st June 2011 is the longest day of the year as it is the time when the Sun is at its highest or most northerly point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere; so with the extra hours of daylight we will be receiving why don’t you spend a little bit longer chilling in the garden with a nice pot of tea.
Contrary to the longest day, 22nd December is the shortest day of the year and the winter solstice. And as the world’s countries handle the climate in reverse to each other when the UK experiences Summer Solstice they will be having Winter Solstice.
The term summer solstice derives its name from the Latin for ‘sol’ (sun) and ‘sistere’ (to stand still). The Sun reaches its most Northerly point and momentarily stands still before starting its journey South in the sky again until it reaches its most Southerly point before repeating the cycle which is how we get our seasons.
With the extra hours of daylight in the evening why don’t you and the family go alfresco and dine outdoors whilst drinking tea? Ulster Weavers fantastic Cosies will keep your pot of tea piping hot during the meal so you won’t even have to nip back inside the home unless you wanted to refill it or get scrumptious dessert!
Our Tea Cosies and Egg Cosies come in all colours and sizes with a mixture of traditional styles and quirky shapes. Plus tea parties are definitely back in fashion so set the garden table up with your outdoor cutlery and make a change to your ordinary sit down meals with the kids by taking the grub outside!