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Today's reason to celebrate reminds us to slow down, breathe easy and enjoy these beautiful summer months. Though its exact origins are unknown, it is said that hammocks originated hundreds of years ago in South America.

Allegedly, the journals of Christopher Columbus provide the first documentation of the hammock. However, some sources attribute this invention to the Ancient Greeks. One thing is for sure - hammocks have always been symbols of leisure.

A hammock is a sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting. It normally consists of one or more cloth panels, or a woven network of twine or thin rope stretched with ropes between two firm anchor points such as trees or posts. Hammocks were developed by native inhabitants of Central and South America for sleeping. Later, they were used aboard ships by sailors to enable comfort and maximize available space, and by explorers or soldiers traveling in wooded regions and eventually by parents in the 1920s for containing babies just learning to crawl.

Today, take a few minutes to sit back and unwind on a hammock. Don't have one? No problem! Just grab some sturdy fabric and rope - you can make yourself one in no time. Happy Hammock Day!

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I'm quite sure the hammocks don't know when hammock day is Mimi - go ahead and try one !!


Oh dear, I missed hammock day. do you suppose it would be OK for me to try one out today?????? :)))))


It's a wonderful dream Francine!! Maybe one day... for both of us! Thanks :~)

Thanks cinderfire - I think I'd give way to the bear too!! :~)


Lovely hammocks all so nice-except for the one with the bear. Not so comfy that one. Thx 4 another good WK 1.


Imagine being in a hammock absorbing a glorious sunset in Hawaii perhaps, as shown in one of your images! Oh my! Life couldn't get much better than that. sigh.


My friend in Brasil had a hammock under their back porch and it was a wonderful place to swing and relax in... it was one with high sides, so no risk of falling out either Ardy!! I'm sorry you've had a few tumbles from hammocks.... I can understand why you're leery know!!

Thanks Barb, I'm glad you agree a hammock in the shade sounds ideal!

Did you find your hammock puzzle Josie - I just checked your profile, but didn't see one! Glad you like this celebration day!!

I bought one in Brasil Pat, and have never found anywhere suitable to hang it... very frustrating!!

I like the idea of one by the beach best Katie... where I can get long cool drinks too :~)

Your place would probably be quiet and relaxing Edie... only you found Jigidi!! Now a hammock with a power supply and free wi-fi would do the job perfectly!!! LOL :~)


Hung a hammock last year between two of my big pines out back and sat in it once. This year I didn't even bother to put it out. No time for it anymore and here I thought this place would be quiet and relaxing. LOL Great images, thanks Mandy


A wonderful way to pass a lazy summer day! Thanks Mandy!


Oh how I wish I still had the hammock that we had years ago... Always love that one ... was looking at them the other day at the store...


Oh, oh, oh, Mandy, this is a great day, I think I have a hammock puzzle ready to go, Oh, oh, oh, I'm going to go look now, thank you so much. I guess this week's theme will have to wait another day. Thank you sweetie.


Another good day to celebrate, Mandy! When the temperatures are soaring, one definitely wants to slow down and relaxing in a hammock in the shade sounds ideal. Thanks for the cute images. :-))


What a great day this should be and it's a Monday. I've been dumped out of more hammocks in my life that I'm leery of them. I bet no one was ready to dispute that bear's right to that one. LOL Neat pictures. The one suspended over water could give one a rude awakening if you went to sleep and got dumped!! Thanks, Mandy. This is a fun day.