Monthly Archives: July 2010
The temperature was in the thirties (celsius) here in Southern Ontario for most of last week, but with the high humidity it felt like 43 degrees (109 degrees fahrenheit).
I most definitely do not suffer that kind of heat gladly, but one day I bravely set my own comfort aside and ventured into the garden to see how the daylilies were faring. I found that even though they weren’t, perhaps, looking their very best, they were impressively resilient to the high temperature and sun beating down on them and even by late afternoon were still holding their blooms high.
I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.
by John Masefield
Alas, my sea captain won’t be going down to the seas again. He came home with us from our vacation in Maine about ten years ago and has been looking out over the garden ever since. After so many years of keeping watch, the captain was in desperate need of some loving care.
So, the sea captain spent part of last winter at a rejuvenating body spa. He emerged from the treatments looking years younger
and, resplendent in his new jacket, took up his post in the garden again.