If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere the official start of summer was June 20, the longest day of the year. Not coincidentally, this week and next kicks off many traditional summer festivals and events. 

For this week’s Friendly Friday Photo Challenge I ask you to share photos of your favorite SUMMER TRADITION.

Maybe it’s the first trip to the cottage. Or a double scoop of  Moose track and Chocolate Chip Mint ice cream, in a waffle cone please. Maybe it’s fireworks over the lake.  Or berry picking to make strawberry shortcake and rhubarb pie. 

Here in Canada, the real start of summer is Canada Day on July 1st.  It’s a long weekend, no matter what day of the week it falls on, with most people taking time off to go to the beach or cottage or just away. 

Party at Away-from-Home. Photo taken pre-Covid19

In small towns it’s the week-end to have a parade followed by a community picnic and talent show.   

Ukee Days Parade 2018

Parties and crowded events are unlikely this year but summer’s still a time for relaxation and celebration. I may not be cooking for crowds but I’m going to enjoy the seasonal fruits and veggies from local farms.

Food Lovers box

I look forward to seeing your photos of SUMMER TRADITIONS. Feel free to use your photo archives of summers past. If you are out and about, take some new pictures and tell me why these are favorites.

Remember to include a link to this post and a comment below,  so that I and others can find your response.

If you’re new to Friendly Friday, full instructions on how to participate can be found here.

As well, a reminder that every month, we will feature one guest post on the Friendly Friday Challenge. If you’re interested in writing an article for a future spot, please contact Amanda or me directly.

This week’s challenge for SUMMER TRADITIONS goes up to Thursday, after which Amanda at StPA will post a new Friendly Friday challenge.

Until then … I’ll see you in pictures! – Sandy

Toronto, Canada.  June 2020


    1. Thank you Brenda! I usually avoid crowds anyways, so a quiet Canada Day is not too far from the norm for me 🙂
      Wherever you are, I hope you have a good summer celebration too!


      1. I do hope you will try them! My dad grew up in Canada and had never heard of them until he went to college in California. They are his favorite meal. My husband had never heard of them before he met me, and he loves them too! It’s a family secret recipe that I just posted on the internet!

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  1. 2019 this time we were in Toronto. On June 30 th drove down to Ottawa for the 150th celebrations of Canada Day. A week of travel to Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston, Thousand Islands with summer in full glory.


    1. Some fun posts are out there.

      Ive never thought of this before but does the summer solstice here correspond to your winter solstice? It probably sounds very ignorant of me but I dont normally think ofthe seasons in terms of soltices. A hangover from growing up on the equator 🙂

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      1. Yes indeed if you mean that we have the shortest day of the year when you are celebrating the longest. The difference is that neither winter nor summer solstice is celebrated here in any way, as we have more than enough sunlight year round. If you are a member of a Scandinavian group, you might celebrate it with your club colleagues in a half hearted attempt to pretend you are in Scandinavia. Ironicially, the temperatures are around the same, just the amount of light is different.
        Living on the equator is fun too – except I couldn’t bear the humidity. No winter or summer – just constant temperatures must mean you never have to keep a winter wardrobe? And never have to look at the weather forecast?


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