Dog Days of Summer.

bonnie gardening

Yesterday was fabulous and it must have been the hottest day so far this summer in Mayo. I spent the day, first doing some gardening with Bonnie helping of course (I think not!) but it got way to warm so I spent the rest of the day just reading and doing a watercolour painting in the garden.

bonnie toys

While Bonnie amused herself with her toys. As you can see the game is pull the toys apart in quick time.

bonnie brush

Her favourite toy is a fireside brush which she commandeered as hers when she first came to us, there is very little left of it but she still has great fun with it. The brush was more decorative, rather than for the job I intended for it so I let her have it.

The “dog days of summer” a traditional sultry period of heat in the month of July and first weeks of August coinciding with the ancient heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius, the brightest star of Canis Major, the “Great Dog” constellation. However today, there is a discrepancy in the dates for this phenomenon, owing to precession of the equinoxes (several slow changes in an astronomical body’s rotational or orbital parameters, especially to the Earth’s) it will be the end of August, early September before the Dog Star will rise just before the sun.

sunshine willow

The name “Sirius is derived from the Ancient Greek Seirios (“glowing” or “scorcher”). The ancient Greeks believed that the appearance of Sirius heralded the hot and dry summer and they feared that it caused plants to wilt, men to weaken. – And

(…wait for it…) Women to become aroused!!!

Anyone suffering its effects was said to be astroboletos or “star-struck.”

However today it is raining in Mayo – that should cool things off  and as the saying goes;  “You have to have a little rain sometimes.”

 

 

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