Well, summer started on Midsummer eve, isn´t that perfect? The mum-in-law had dressed in traditional Luleå valley dress, 1912´s model, which she has weaved and sewed herself (the matching hand warmers were knit by me). She offered me to borrow it once, for a wedding, but I can´t see myself in it – I grew up in dirndl (having Austrian descent), after all. She half-expected to be photographed by German tourists, but not this time. Personally, I was taken completely by surprise and left the house in a raincoat.
Most people were sprawled out on blankets, soaking up some much-desired sun, and didn´t participate as much in the dancing as last year, when everyone needed to warm up a bit.
I sketched and the husband took some photos with his iPhone camera, which is very good, I think, at least compared to the one I have in my phone. I like this one, where he caught the crowd, a bit of the old town hall, and in the far distance, the new “skyscrapers” that symbolize the new, modern Luleå.
We went home, had some traditional Midsummer food which the husband cooked while the mum-in-law and I had a nap (in my defense, I had been working all night). It was all very laid back and restful. I took a photograph from our window at midnight, even though the summer solstice was, I think, on Sunday the 21. One day here or there, it doesn´t make much difference.