One of my favorite things to do when the weather gets warmer is to hang some lanterns. I have large metal lanterns on my front porch all year long, but when it’s warm, I love to hang smaller ones from the roof on my verandah and on my clematis-covered trellis which covers a seating area in my back yard. They are so cheerful and inviting and I love spending time outside when they’re lit. It’s no wonder that I love Kim Mitchel’s song Patio Lanterns–if you’re Canadian of a certain vintage like me, you’ll recognize that classic.
A couple of years ago, I watched an amazing lantern festival at Lightening Lake, which is a provincial campground in Southwest B.C. It was simply fascinating to see masses of handmade paper lanterns of all shapes and sizes lit and sent adrift on the lake. If you ever get a chance to see a lantern festival on water, go for it!