Today is the longest day of the year.
On the summer solstice, the Arctic circle is bathed in sunlight for a full 24 hours.
Which sounds prettier than it looks.
Here, summer is more promising.
But this year, I'm celebrating the strawberry moon.
Because for the first time in 70 years, the Strawberry Moon comes on the first day of summer.
The Farmer's Almanac says the name comes from the belief that strawberry-picking season is at its peak during this time of the year.
Tonight is the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all evening long. Normally, throughout the June month, the moon shares some time with the daytime sky, according to Sky & Telescope.
Here's my breakfast -strawberries in balsamic syrup...
And for tonight's moon-watch, my favorite Strawberry Pavlova...
I'll still have enough leftover for strawberry ice cream, perfect for the dog days to come.
Wherever you may be, in whatever throes of life, I wish you 14.47 hours of happy today,
with a sweet side of strawberry shortcake.