Updated June 2021
The month of June is said to bring laughter, joy and excitement. It is the traditional month of inspiration for poets.
…And, here we are in June, the sixth month of the year. A month of long days and calm evenings, and sweet smelling flowers – roses and honeysuckles. The month of June was named after Juno, the Roman Goddess of marriage, wife of the supreme diety, Jupiter and, the patroness of womens’ well-being. Historically, the last weeks in June were considered the best time to be married.
Birthstones related to June are luxuriant pearl, exotic alexandrite and mysterious moonstone. Best colours to wear in June are light blues, soft white and creamy tones. June is also a month for reflection, as it represents a year half gone. Those born in June are said to be hopelessly romantic.
by F.G. Sanders
Far up in the deep blue sky,
Great white clouds are floating by;
All the world is dressed in green;
Many happy birds are seen,
Roses bright and sunshine clear
Show that lovely June is here.
by Ann McGough
Wisteria woke me this morning,
And there was all June in the garden;
I felt them, early, warning
Lest I miss any part of the day.
Straight I walked to the trellis vine.
Wisteria touched a lifted nostril:
Feelings of beauty diffused, to entwine
My spirit with June’s own aura.
by Francis Duggan
Its beautiful the summer month of June
When all of God’s own wildflowers are in bloom
And sun shines brightly most part the day
And butterflies o’er lush green meadows play.
Light hearted skylark songster of the wing
High o’er the quiet and lonely moorland sing
Above her nest cloaked by the tangled heath
Her charming song so exquisitly sweet.
So mellow the gentle breathe of June day breeze
The birds rejoicing on the leafy trees
And dappled trout in pool bed of stream
Bask in the sun their spotted skins agleam.
by John Clare
Now summer is in flower and nature’s hum
Is never silent round her sultry bloom
Insects as small as dust are never done
Wi’ glittering dance and reeling in the sun
And green wood fly and blossom haunting bee
Are never weary of their melody
Round field hedge now flowers in full glory twine
Large bindweed bells wild hop and streakd woodbine
That lift athirst their slender throated flowers
Agape for dew falls and for honey showers
These round each bush in sweet disorder run
And spread their wild hues in the sultry sun.
June Zodiac Signs
May 21st to June 20th
Symbol: The Twins
• Strengths: Quick to learn. Affectionate and curious.
• Weaknesses: Nervous, Inconsistent, Indecisive.
• Likes: Music, Books. Chats with nearly everyone.
• Dislikes: Being alone, being confined, repetition.
• Expressive and quick-witted.
June 21st to July 20th
Symbol: The Crab
• Strengths: Tenacious, Imaginative, Persuasive. Home-loving and Intuitive.
• Weaknesses: Moody, Pessimistic, Stubborn. Desire to control.
• Likes: Art, Entertaining friends. Being near water.
• Dislikes: Strangers, criticism, revealing personal details.
• Cool exterior and fiercely loyal.
In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.
May Club News
The month of May was dominated by having an eye forever on the weather forecast! It was a dreary, cold, and very wet start for the club’s first full programme of luncheons, suppers and walks. However, the long awaited treasure trove of Affinité events carried on regardless of windy or rainy days.
Christine and Marie set the ball in motion hosting a chilly but delightful lunch at the popular Onslow Arms in Clandon. Christine reported how well the occasion had gone in spite of the cold venue and need for all diners to be well wrapped up! A dozen members chatted and happily mingled in spite of an icy chill.
A new book group got off to a flying start with an enthusiastic gathering hosted by Judy and held in Judith’s pretty Ockham garden. Apart from the usual book-talk – discussing new titles and swapping pre-read titles, cakes and coffee warmed the meeting. Dates for follow-up literary get-togethers can be found in your club bulletins.
Jill took garden enthusiasts on a walk to see the spectacular Rhodedendrons and Azaleas at Virginia Water, Glenys shares her love of St.Martha-on-the-Hill, on the North Downs way trail, and Jan wandered among the bluebells.
There were two early evening suppers held at The Ivy restaurant in Guildford. The first was hosted by Glenys and the second by Pat. Marion and John organised three tables of six for lunch at the charming waterside pub, The Stag on The River in Eashing, which was enjoyed by eighteen members. Jan finished the month off hosting a open-garden tour in Ockham, followed by tea at Ivy Cottage.
Our four sports and culture columnists have all contributed interesting musings this month. Janet’s travel excursion to Budapest with photographs, Trevor reminds us that David Hockney’s latest exhibition is at the Royal Academy, Derek covers several sporting events from gymnastics and football to snooker, whist Colin’s outdoor ramblings starting in his garden and goes on to tell of a gruesome local unsolved murder.
The web-magazine will be rested for a couple of months, while Maddie takes a break to prepare for the birth of her baby. Jan and Joy will keep you informed about further issues of “Connections” and where and when to send your news in future.
Thanks to all who have contributed this month.
Maddie and June