It’s not easy keeping cool when the heat and humidity conspire to drain you of your energy and motivation.
My yard is a haven for them as I don’t have a dog. Hares know how to stay cool by winding down activities and keeping a low profile.
In ancient times, the dog star Sirius was considered responsible for the sweltering heat. Back then, its coincidental rising with the sun in July and August was thought to bring on the worst in men and beasts.
Taking a moment to pause and smell the roses is always a good way to refresh yourself through scent and beauty. The wild rose bush is in bloom in my yard. With its single layer of petals, it resembles the Dog rose (Rosa canina) often used in heraldry.
Even if you don’t have roses nearby, so many other beautiful flowers are in bloom at this time of year, both in gardens and in the wild.
Certainly one of the best ways to beat the heat is to take a stroll along the seashore. Morning and evening walks are especially refreshing.
Over the years I’ve collected a variety of Dogwinkles (Nucella lapilus) both at Rainbow Haven and Silver Sands beaches. Worn smooth by the waves and bleached pale by the sun, they even feel like summer as you roll them between your fingers.
Of course the best way to be refreshed during the dog days of summer is to take a plunge in the water, be it a stream, lake or the sea. Nature beckons.