High: 86° FIt’s hot. Really hot—for Maine, anyway. Whenever possible, the animals have spent the day sprawled out over table tops and cool floors. For most of the afternoon, Ari has occupied herself begging for frozen blueberries (her favorite snack--especially this time of year). Even the carnivorous cats seem interested in these chilly little snacks--though Ari's having a hard time remembering how to share. Still, the two felines persist, albeit it that cavalier, I'm-a-cat-so-I'm-too-cool-to-really-care kind of way.
Low: 64° F
Conditions: Humid with a chance of thundershowers
The unexpected hot weather might reasonably deter many a canine from stepping outside, but not a true caninaturarlist. As far as Ari is concerned, it’s perfect conditions for visiting our neighborhood watering hole.
This is one of the town’s five fire ponds. Dug fifty years ago, It’s still used by our volunteer fire department to refill its tankers after a blaze. Since that doesn’t happen very often, mostly it just serves as a great wildlife refuge in miniature. During the early spring, we can catch the salamanders and peepers here. By autumn, a single blue heron will have moved in for a brief layover before heading further south.
This time of year, the pond is a great place for Ari to get a slimy, free-range salad before her proper dinner. It’s also wonderful bullfrog and turtle watching, which is what she’s doing here.
When they’re on holiday, we make do with a little mucky wading or swimming: the only things that can possibly compete with frosty blueberries and a cool tile floor on a day like today!