The sun is still up although it is almost 11 pm. This must be the best time of the year up here. The amount of light is growing daily and the mosquitoes are not in full force yet. The two weeks after Midsummer are the worst ones and then the amount of mosquitoes slowly drops. Mornings are the best time of the day, usually one can enjoy outdoors without too many of them around until afternoon. My husband went canoeing with one of the girls today, they won’t be back until late tomorrow. The water in the lake is gradually warming and the kids have all been swimming already… me??? I’ll save my first dip when the water is really warm. The lake is quite shallow and by mid July the temperature of the water is nice.
As a child I was afraid of the dark as most kids are I guess. I enjoyed summer and sleeping in the summer was heaven, that was the time when I was never scared during the night. I never had any trouble sleeping and when the sun really hit my face in the wee hours I slept best. Now that I almost suffer (I’m not ready to admit it yet, but I think I’m slowly coming to that point) from lack of light during the winter months I find it very difficult to waste these precious light hours to sleeping. I sleep less and don’t seem to need very much sleep during the summer. I just took this picture. This is the colour of the sky… and it is almost midnight.
I love this country and this barren land but what I did not realize was that I live in a yellow dye pot. We have many birch trees around the house and this is the colour that came out when I boiled birch leaves… Not a pale and weak yellow, but strong and lively. This really calms my heart, I will never run out of yellow now.