Its the longest day in the UK, the summer solstice, when the thin gossamer between day and night is stretched to nothing and sunlight rules till 10pm GMT.
Yet despite an extended afternoon and evening of bright starshine I feel more worried and anxious on many fronts this year. There is a distinct deficit of hope in modern Britain and I feel it entering the solstice a wholly depressed and divided nation.
Not even the brave druids of Stonehenge or the overpaid boys playing for England this Midsummer have any chance of raising the mercury of my faith in the future.
Rather than the international, altruistic and heroic community that Thunderbirds predicted in the Sixties, a world in which the weak were always protected, we face a future of nationalistic, xenophobic states filled with increasingly selfish and intolerant regimes making citizens wary of foreigners and neighbouring countries.
Being a quarter Italian, a descendant of Italian artisans who moved to Northern Britain in the 1800's to provide a craftsmanship demanded by the new Captains of the Cotton industry, I find this modern neurosis and the policies and referendums its produced abhorrent.
These policies have now reached my own door and look set to remain [no irony intended].
One of my many reactions to the tsunami of social injustice sweeping Britain and the world - anger, compassion, despair and form filling - is also to regularly retreat mentally into a place in which it is always safe and full of people that were nice to each other i.e. my childhood. I tend to do this memory tourism when all the daily grind is over in the evenings.
You might think that I am living in the past or burying my head in the sands of time or any other of those cliches but I find it a pleasant distraction to think and write about those tender years of mine, which hopefully many of you can also relate to. Unlike the future, I know my past. I was there. Hence the blog.
So on this, the Northern summer solstice I will enjoy the longest evening as best I can, with one eye on an unknown future and the other on the distant glow of childhood.
I wish all MC readers a happy soulful Solstice, whether it be summer or winter where you live.
OK, rant over. Back to the toys.