Monday, June 21, 2010

Welcome Summer!

Summer arrived earlier this morning with the Solstice (and winter arrived in the southern hemisphere) - and I had to smile at the photos of all the people who celebrated the arrival at Stonehenge. None of us really knows for what purpose Stonehenge was built; archaeologists say that the first circular ditch was dug around 3100 BC, and that what we see today is the result of five different building efforts. There are all sorts of stories and theories about why Stonehenge was built - again no one today knows. One thing that is certain is that on the morning of the summer solstice, the sun rises directly in line with the Heel Stone, a 35 ton sandstone block. The Heel Stone stands 16 feet tall and leans to the southwest; digging has shown that the bottom 4 feet of the stone are buried. There is no argument that the placement of the Heel Stone shows a high degree of astronomical knowledge by the folks who placed it.
Neddy and Lovey and I had a wonderful day together. I let them outside three times, and kept a close eye on the little one. He explored and played on the patio, and once, with great daring, he went around the corner and explored the flowers and vegetables growing on Chokie's patio. The crows and ravens have been keeping a close eye on Neddy, as well. I don't know if they think this little black ball of fluff is a grounded fledgling, or if they are thinking about a nice snack - but they follow his every move with great interest. Lovey actually gave Neddy a bath last night, so they are bonding. I'm getting ready to take Remy and Rosie out for their morning walk - Kathy has warned me that they are watering from the irrigation ditch, and that the yard will be wet and the sprinklers on, so I guess we'll pass on a visit to Suki and Boo today. It's supposed to be in the upper 80s and low 90s all week, with possible afternoon thunderstorms, so we'll be sweating here.
Have a good week!

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