Every year as summer rolls around, I pull out my big calendar and meticulously write down every activity that looks interesting. Every festival, art show, gallery opening, farmer's market, Doors Open event, walking tour, cruise night gets noted. If you were to look at my calendar for July and August you could be forgiven for thinking that I had a very busy summer. Except that, in the end, I often end up doing less than half of it. Summer, in all its hotness, just exhausts me. All I want to do is crawl back into bed (and sleep). Fortuitously, the bedroom is the brightest room in my place, so it's not like I was hiding in a dark, depressing dungeon or anything.
And I got a lot of reading done as the sun beamed down on me.
But as for getting outside and wandering about in the heat and humidity... I really want nothing to do with it.
But now that it is fall and the humidity has dispersed and the temperatures are more comfortable, I am smiling and full of energy. I want to make the most of these warm (and/or crisp) days.
Last week I went to see the Zimbabwean sculptures in the Royal Botanical Gardens.
All of these were made by hand from one piece of stone. There are a dozens of these sculptures throughout the garden with many more smaller pieces in a tent and all are for sale. Each has a tag listing the name of the piece, the name of the artist and the type of stone used.
Meet Patrick, one of the featured artists who was has been spending his days for the past six weeks working on smaller pieces to be sold and talking to people, explaining the types of stone and the methods he uses for his creations (like this pair of owls that I am really, really wanting to bring home when he has finished. It has taken him four days and he's now at the polishing stage.)