I enjoyed our last (at least I hope last for a while) days of our heat wave.
A few days with friends who live near Montreal and have a backyard pool and air conditioning ... Kenya and I both enjoyed our visit with them. Then back home with company over the weekend ... canine and human.
I hear that Russia's fish stocks have been hard hit by their heat wave ... and I suspect that our lake's fish have probably gone much deeper than usual to escape the bath tub temperatures of the water. But those same tepid temperatures provided us with great swimming last night. Rob and I worked on getting Charlie (the 9 year old black lab who was afraid of the water) to swim. By the end of the play time he was having fun and swimming well. Rob and I ended up covered in long scratch marks. Rob's are all over his legs, chest and arms. I have four bruises and a deep surface scratch mark from Charlie's fearful first attempts.
Even Carlos went in last night ... and he has a Mediterranean horror of swimming in water that is less than body temperature.
Shea gave Tammy and me rides and Kenya swam with all of us.
I never stay up past 10 p.m. but it was after 1 when I headed up last night. Good food, flowing wine, and great company.
This afternoon I heard two explosions and thought that our local yahoos were making good their threat to kill all the mergansers on the lake. The meeting did not go well ... and I do not enjoy being outvoted by people who are wrong ... they grudging agreed to allow us to try alternative ways of getting rid of the Canada Goose menace next spring ... but clearly intended to shoot to kill if it didn't work ... and then they brought up the merganser menace as well ... blaming the absence of large minnows on the ducks. In view of what is happening in Russia and also taking into account the blasting that has shattered the peace of the lake, I would be more likely to blame things on disruption of habitat.
Today when I heard the explosions, I phoned my buddies who also feel that wild life have a right to co-exist with us ... and then heard from one of them that he had been setting off fire crackers to scare away some Canada Geese. His method worked ... let's hope it keeps on working.
Rob, Scott and I played tourists in the village yesterday ... while the train was in. Whew! Not my favourite place to be on a sweltering afternoon, but interesting for a change.
Tomorrow I start a week of accompanying Yoshiko, the 84 year old Japanese student who is back again this year. We are starting out here at the lake tomorrow and deciding what we want to do with our time together.
It will be fun, I expect.
I hope you enjoy our break from sweltering temperatures and some cooler nights.