|Sunset over San Juan Island|
|Driftwood Arch at Sunset|
This glorious weather makes it easy to stay in shape too – I’ve been outside every day, biking, hiking, boating, walking, weeding – my garden and my daughter’s garden too – weeds seem to love the warm temperatures. But fortunately, so do flowers and vegetables. I described my vegetable garden as a jungle recently – it is a jungle! The runner beans have gone nuts and the tomato plants are huge and laden with ripening fruit. But we’ve had no rain to speak of and we’ve had to water the vegetables to keep them alive. This is the flip side and the unsettling side of having continuously hot weather. It is so very dry. Any places - wild or cultivated - that haven’t been watered are looking pretty bleak – lawns and fields everywhere are yellow – by mid July the landscape looked like it might be late August or early September. I read that the kernels in the Eastern Washington dry land wheat crops are not developing properly – it has been too dry. Forest fires began breaking out in mid-June and the governor of the state of Washington declared a statewide drought emergency in the middle of May. I recently visited my daughter Sasha and her fiancé Dustin at their new home in Pullman, Washington. It was even hotter and drier there than in Seattle - this is very worrying for our state's agriculture. In Pullman, we had to get up early just to go for a bike ride since the midday temperatures were over 90 degrees. We plan to do an organized 100-kilometer ride in Pullman in mid-August! We are training and expecting high heat.
|Grazing on dry grass|
|Zucchini ready for the sauté pan|