Friday, June 19, 2009

Celebrating the Summer Solstice in the desert

Heat, ma'am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones. ~Sydney Smith, Lady Holland's Memoir

Here in the Arizona desert it's difficult to enjoy a true Summer. It is like an low heat oven. In fact you can fry an egg in several minutes on almost any surface during the daylight. When traveling to Scottsdale before my husband and I moved here, as we were landing in the Phoenix airport, the head steward said to the passangers as we were about to land, ladies and gentlemen welcome to hades, in a dry and humorous fashion with a lisp. We laughed, many others did not. They were probably the locals and the joke was to close to the truth.

It is in fact akin to an oven with the air being so dry, that a swim suit dries in the shade in a matter of minutes. It's a very curious thing to watch the thermometer reach triple digits often to a baking 116 degrees. Unlike the mild tempurature of my home in California or my husband's wet, wet country of origin - England, we both have felt like we are in an alien environment.
The weather, the landscape, and incredibly the huge and amazing cacti. For the first several years here we had several close calls while driving because we were so inthralled by these monstrous and beautiful plants.
When we moved in to our home in July of 2005 we did not even realize that we had neighbors untill they imerged from indoors around October. During the heat everyone stays inside, gets into their cars - blasts the air, then walks quickly to an airconditioned store, mall, or office building.

So, on the theme of summer I thought that I would give myself another "new blogger challenge" and there have been quite a few, a link to a song video. Lets see how well I do and how many times it takes me to get it right.

Yeah! Unlike other things, like posting book links which I had to redo several times this embedded easily. Lets see if it posts.

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