We're at the ugly end of summer now. When the days are unbearably hot and the rain refuses to arrive. When flowers and vegetables that were green and lush just a few weeks ago look tired and limp, and the lawn crackles brown beneath our feet. When the people are as tired and limp as the plants.
The air-conditioner struggles valiantly on and makes sleep possible during long, hot nights. Lacking energy, we do puzzles and play cards, watch TV and eat ice cream.
I felt so sad for the kids who returned to school today. It was 43C (about 110 F) in the shade, and worse in the sun. It was too hot for much learning, but they came home happy and excited about seeing their friends.
Tomorrow promises to only reach 33C. After today, that's almost cool.