23 responses to “Flash Fiction Friday 093: Summer of Love by Jane Risdon

  1. Jane Risdon

    June 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks Morgen, appreciate this. I am posting to my blog so hope a few pop over and say hello once the links are available. Not much summer today, raining again. 🙂

  2. Books & Art - Spirit & Soul - Lesley Fletcher

    June 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    The Druids and the hippies make for a perfect pairing. Thanks Jane – you took me there. I imagine today it is still much like that during summer solstice right? 😀

    • Jane Risdon

      June 29, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Lesley, I am so pleased you liked it and I managed to take you back there. I have never experienced the Solstice at Stonehenge but would love to. Actually I have never been to a ‘Love In’ either! But I never let fact stand in the way of fiction!! Thanks so much for reading this Lesley
      I appreciate you stopping by…..:)

  3. Nicky Wells

    June 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

    You had me at Jefferson Airplane! What a vivid, wonderful description of the atmosphere, I can feel it, breathe it, taste it. I was born too late for Woodstock and I’m not a great Festival goer but through your story, I feel like I’m right there. Very timely, too, what with Glasto going on right now very near where your story is set (relatively speaking). Thank you ~ you brought a huge smile to my face. And now, I’m afraid, I’m going to have to burst into song… “Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair…” Rock on!

    • Jane Risdon

      June 29, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Nicky, thanks for reading this and leaving your comment which is much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it. It was a wonderful time to be a teenager though I have to say I never got to a Love In or anywhere near one. But I did have a weird and wonderful experience not far from Stonehenge in 1968 – with an Army Base, some Lady soldiers and a guy named Psychedelic Smith!! LOL xx

  4. elisabaldi81

    June 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Gorgeous…I can still feel first summer breeze caressing my shoulders…the smell of Free Love in the air…grass under my feet…and in my ears the echo of Hippies songs…This tale has the power to involve all senses…perfectly recreates solstice atmosphere…light rising at dawn…literally enchanting!! 🙂

    • Jane Risdon

      June 29, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Elisa, how sweet of you to say such lovely things and I do hope that you enjoyed your visit back in time. Since I wrote this piece I have had lots of lovely comments and it is just great to reawaken the feelings back then and remind those who were there what it was like, and it has been great to get comments from those who weren’t there but get the feel and taste of a wonderful period in our shared history. Thanks so much for being here. Appreciated. 🙂

  5. jolambertwriter

    June 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Hi Jane, just back from a week away and opened this up. Wow! You writing invoked so many memories of those times. Glastonbury Festival is on this weekend and last Saturday we passed near to Worthy Farm on our way to South Devon and our holiday. It brought back memories of one Saturday evening in the late sixties when a group of us drove out that way for a drink. Arriving at this pub we found ourselves among people who were heading for the festival – it was more folk orientated then and there were loads of hippies and kaftan-wearing women (and men!). So interesting to chat to those stopping for a drink and find out where they had come from and what had drawn them to Michael Evas’s farm. The late sixties was indeed all about peace and love – the world has moved on sine then but the memories linger! Thank you for bringing them back!

    • Jane Risdon

      June 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Jo I am so pleased you dropped in and read my story and so pleased it gave you some pleasure and happy memories. Yes, things were a bit more folk orientated back then, if you think of the music though, there was such a mix of genres and artists around. Now it is too confined to ‘what sells,’ whereas back then it was more ‘what will they like?’ and music was for fun and the serious stuff was indeed taken seriously. How wonderful to drop in for a drink and find those interesting people and to chat with them. My husband’s band played in the area in ’68 and the feeling was still there then. I’ve never been to Glastonbury and I’m not sure if I could be bothered now – too many festivals with my artists over the years sort of takes the shine off it from back-stage. But I enjoy seeing it on TV and love the whole vibe there seems to be still. Love and peace Jo and thanks so much for reading this, appreciated. 🙂

  6. morgenbailey

    June 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you, ladies – it’s great to see you all here – and of course to Jane for submitting this story.

    • Jane Risdon

      June 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      Happy to see them Morgen and for the chance to share my stories. I know several who would normally drop in are away on their holidays but I am sure they would drop in if they happen to see this. 🙂

  7. Margot Kinberg

    August 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Morgen – So pleased you’ve included this story from Jane.

    Jane – I love this story! So evocative of the era. And you’ve captured the ‘vibe’ beautifully. Oh, and the references to the different bands are spot-on (as I guessed they would b e 🙂 )

    • morgenbailey

      August 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you, Margot. I was two-and-a-half at the end of the sixties but I feel like I was there. 🙂

      • Jane Risdon

        August 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        Two and a half! OMG! I feel ancient now. I was just a young teen. VERY young teen!!

    • Jane Risdon

      August 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Margot, glad you enjoyed it….those were the days my friend we thought they’d never end….glad you got the vibe! Thanks for crashing here and chilling for a while. 🙂

  8. Jane Risdon

    June 21, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Reblogged this on Jane Risdon and commented:
    Just thought that as it is the Summer Solstice I would post this again. It is a Flash Fiction piece I wrote in 2013 and is 490 words long. Hope you enjoy it.

  9. Samantha Wilcox

    June 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Enjoyed! I feel a lot calmer than I did before I read it and I was desperately trying to dislodge a spider from my leg :O

    • Jane Risdon

      June 26, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Samantha, thanks so much for this. Made me laugh out loud… I hate spiders and you sounded very together about it. I would have been screaming loud enough to drown out Glastonbury! Glad you enjoyed it. Hope you are safe… and the creepy thingy has gone! 🙂

  10. morgenbailey

    June 26, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I just send my dog after them – he eats anything that moves. 🙂


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